August 17


August 17, 2021

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Commissioners present were:  Chairman, John Ruder; and Members Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  Ruder asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, was present to discuss the ARPA funding.  Hrabe had attended a lot of different meetings lately about ways that it may be spent.  There has been a lot of questions about infrastructure, child and elder care, and housing.  Hrabe shared a few ideas from Norton County, who is offering incentives for fixing and flipping houses, painting programs, clearing lots, some rehab programs, and senior living.   The Rooks County Housing Authority entity was in place several years ago, and was never match by county funds.  Economic Development had put in the funds first.  This program was mostly used for paint grants and existing housing that needed work.  Recently, there has been some meetings in Plainville about child and elder care that Hrabe has attended.  Hrabe asked that he be included in any discussions held about the ARPA funding.

Butch Post, Emergency Management, reported that the IMT Conference had started today, in Salina.  Post and several other managers had opted out of attending mostly due to Covid.   Post presented a map of the County Disaster Declarations & Expiration Dates.  It was decided to keep Rooks County’s disaster resolution in place until revisited the first of September. 


Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, reported she had scheduled the Dodge pickup used by the Appraiser’s Office employees for four different recalls. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes from August 10th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of August 10th with corrections to be made.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of August 10th.  Berland seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Ruder mentioned the Vision Group meetings being held in Plainville.  Ruder said he would be attending a special meeting next week with the Red Bud Village Board.  The interim administrator is presently attending a state-wide conference and wants to report and put out some feelers for nursing home administration.  Balthazor said he had talked to the Mayor of Palco City, and Palco City Council wants to keep the old ambulance in Palco.  Balthazor thought the County Fair had gone well, with large attendances.  Berland had talked to a few people about road concerns and would forward the concerns onto the Road Supervisor. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the fee reports dated July 2021 for both the Road & Bridge Department and the Landfill Department.  These were approved. 

  • The Landfill check for cash and receipts was presented in the amount of $17,203.21. Ruder made a motion to sign the Landfill check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 
  • Bouchey said the KDHE clean-up job in Woodston did not get done the previous week. The owner of the property died recently, and they are now working with his estate.  The family has thoughts of hiring a contractor to do the clean-up. 
  • Bouchey reported the fair had worked out well. Jack Kuhlmann did a great job with the race track.  All employees are back to work after the fair.  The little bit of moisture received has helped to settle the dust in places. 
  • Bouchey and the Commissioners discussed options of purchasing mowers. Berland said he would get some information from Graham County about the type of mowers they use.  Bouchey will do some research as well. 
  • Bouchey mentioned he has started lining up some really old equipment for a Purple Wave Auction.
  • Bouchey was asked when his new pickup would be available. He estimated it would be May of 2022. 
  • Balthazor said he had received a compliment for the work done on 30 Road. Balthazor also mentioned he had been approached by people wanting the Road & Bridge crews to work five days.  The crews will be notified that they are able to work, with compensation time approved, whenever the moisture is right, on their off-days. 
  • Berland mentioned he was approached, once again, about 27 Road and the grader operator getting too close to the fences. Also, Berland mentioned the holes at the entrance to the bridge on 2 Road.  Bouchey will work the bridge repairs when he gets the oil truck out and ready. 

Courtney Hrabe, Stockton City Manager; and Julie Cole, Rooks County EMS Director, were present to discuss the concerns of staffing the EMT’s.  Ruder had called AJ Thomas, a representative of the Rooks County Health Center (hospital), to get their thought on the Rooks County EMT service.  The hospital is very happy with the care and expertise of the EMT’s.  His only concern was the staffing issue.  Cole said four people have completed their last test, and she has one person still testing.  At this time, there is one full-time EMT located in Stockton plus Julie Cole as director.  There are about twenty-five (25) volunteers on the roster in Plainville, but they are having trouble getting all to respond.  Cole and Flower would like to have two full-time EMT’s, but cannot afford them financially.  The Rooks County Board of Commissioners is committed to making a plan and helping financially.  More discussion will need to be held. 

Peggy Pratt, with the Juvenile Justice System, was present to update the Board on the programs that Juvenile Service has to offer.  She presented a flow chart on how a juvenile comes into their system, and reported on the numbers from Rooks County. 

An invitation was received for the Northwest Kansas County Commissioners and Highway Officials meeting to be held September 15th at the American Legion Building in Grainfield.  Greg Balthazor will be attending. 

A letter was received from the Kansas Department of Commerce with the County’s copy of the Certificate of Completion for the CDBG No. 20-CV-110 project.  The project is considered closed, pending receipt and acceptance of the County’s audit and resolution of any relevant audit findings. 

Ruder made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

                August 17, 2021

County General                                 76068-76082                       $11,755.22

Road & Bridge                                   76083-76093                       $8,576.92

Health Department                         76094-76099                       $2,939.54

Sanitation                                            76100-76102                       $278.81

Rooks County Golf Course            76103-76106                       $1,733.87

Economic Develop EX TR               76107-76108                       $160.64

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                   $25,445.00

With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Adopted this 24th day of August, 2021




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                           


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk