August 24, 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.
Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, requested permission from the Board to attend to IAAO Conference in Chicago. This was approved.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reported a representative from Purple Wave would be in Stockton later in the morning to go over the older equipment, tools and supplies that Bouchey has readied for the Purple Wave Auction.
Road concerns were discussed. There are a few holes in the Logan Road, but the majority of the road is in fairly good shape. Berland reported several washed-out places on 2 Road. Balthazor had not received any road concerns during the week.
Berland had talked to the Graham County grader operator about their mowers. He will get more information ready (type, size, model).
Bouchey reported the road crew is still rocking the roads north of Woodston near B Road/28 & 29 Roads. When they need water, they have to go to the Solomon River. The culvert at the driveway at Midland Marketing in Plainville has been pulled. The crew flattened out the entrance and also made it wider. Other jobs needing done are: a concrete box needs worked on at J Road/6 & 7 Roads; rock will be put down around A/30 Road; and the grader equipment operators are all going, but the mowers need worked on.
A zoom meeting was set up to listen to a proposal from Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC, as consultants to help with the ARPA funding. Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness; and Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, were present for the presentation. Several questions were asked and answered. The fees for their services will be a fixed 5% of the County’s ARPA allocation. The fee will cover the cost of all services listed above, travel, and other out-of- pocket expenses. They will utilize technology as much as possible to limit the travel and other out-of-pocket expenses to best utilize the fee allocation. Our fees, including travel and out-of-pocket costs will not exceed $47,783 without prior approval from County Administration. An initial retainer of 10% of the fixed fee will be collected upon signing of the agreement to cover administrative costs of the program set up. Rooks County will be billed quarterly based on total ARPA funds expended – minus prior amounts billed by the firm. After the presentation, Ruder made a motion to hire Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC for their ARPA Consulting Services. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
The Commissioners reviewed the minutes from August 17th. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes of August 17th. Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
A thank you card was received from the Rooks County Free Fair Board for the Commissioner’s and Rooks County’s support.
Zach Brown, Custodian, had left a credit application from Stanion Wholesale Electric Co. for the Commissioner’s approval. Ruder made a motion to sign the credit application from Stanion Wholesale Electric Co. for Zach Brown. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Ruder had visited with Daryl Worcester with Hill City Roofing Company. Worcester had presented his bill from doing the roof repairs at the nursing facility. Worcester had had to do some extra work to finish the job. The billing remained the same as presented from the beginning. Berland made a motion to pay the balance of the Hill City Roofing bill in the amount of $6,985.50. Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
In their weekly reports, Berland reported the NWK Planning & Development meeting had been cancelled. Berland had received a few calls about roads and forwarded them on to the Road Supervisor.
Balthazor had done some travelling of the County Roads. He thought the mowers definitely needed to be out and running. Balthazor had attended an Economic Development meeting the previous evening.
Ruder had attended the special meeting held at Red Bud Village. Kelly Hansen and Ashley Comeau were present, as well, representing a Plainville Vison Leader Group. The discussions were about needs for Plainville City and Rooks County; putting day care and elderly care at the top of the list. It was forwarded to the Commissioners that the Vision Group is needing a feasibility study done for the existing nursing home building. The Commissioners are in favor of going forward with the feasibility study and making plans.
At 10:30 am Ruder made a motion to open the Revenue Neutral Rate (RNR) hearing for Rooks County. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. Those present for the hearing were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland; Rooks County Clerk, Ruthmary Muir; Rooks County Treasurer, Kim Northup; Mapes & Miller CPA, John Mapes; and Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel. Mapes explained the influences of the new law, SB13 and how the revenue neutral rate was set. Rooks County’s RNR was set at 58.144. The Commissioners have set Rooks County’s tax levy at 62.958. With no comments from the public, Ruder made a motion to close the RNR hearing. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
Ruder made a motion to open the Rooks County 2022 Budget Hearing. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. Those present for the 2022 Rooks County Public Hearing were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland; Rooks County Clerk, Ruthmary Muir; Rooks County Treasurer, Kim Northup; Mapes & Miller CPA, John Mapes; and Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel. Previous year’s valuation had changes were noted as: 2020 – 89,517,392; 2021 – 81,362,486; and for 2022 – 88,100,076. With no comments from the public, Ruder made a motion to close the Rooks County 2022 Budget Hearing. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Ruder made a motion to adopt Resolution 2021-R11 for Rooks County to levy a property tax rate exceeding the revenue neutral rate. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
Berland made a motion to adopt the 2022 Rooks County Budget as published. Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
RESOLUTION NO. 2021-R11
A RESOLUTION OF ROOKS COUNTY, KANSAS TO LEVY A PROPERTY TAX RATE EXCEEDING THE REVENUE NEUTRAL RATE;
WHEREAS, the Revenue Neutral Rate for Rooks County was calculated as 58.144 mills by the Rooks County Clerk; and
WHEREAS, the budget proposed by the Governing Body of Rooks County will require the levy of a property tax rate exceeding the Revenue Neutral rate; and
WHEREAS, the Governing Body held a hearing on August 24, 2021 allowing all interested taxpayers desiring to be heard an opportunity to give oral testimony; and
WHEREAS, the Governing Body of Rooks County, having heard testimony, still finds it necessary to exceed the Revenue Neutral Rate.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF ROOKS COUNTY:
Rooks County shall levy a property tax rate of 62.958 mills which exceeds the Revenue Neutral Rate.
This resolution shall take effect and be in force immediately upon its adoption and shall remain in effect until future action is taken by the Governing Body.
ADOPTED this 24TH day of August, 2021 and SIGNED by the Governing Body.
ROOKS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS:
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk (Seal)
Before the Commissioners adjourned this meeting, Ruder made a motion to sign and initial all department budgets as approved. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
Adopted this 31st day of August, 2021
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Tim Berland, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk