August 3


August 3, 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. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of July 27th and July 30th.  Ruder made a motion to approve both sets of minutes as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign both sets of minutes dated July 27th and July 30th.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Berland agreed. 

The commissioners reviewed the mid-year review of the health plan with BCBS and Freedom claims.  The plan is running very well and is under what was projected January 1, 2021 with continual growth of reserves. 

Mark Lowry, with Heritage Insurance, presented an application to sign for fair insurance policies:  general liability and motorized racing.   Two different billings were presented – one for fair board for motorized racing; and one for the County for liability insurance for all activities.  Ruder made a motion to sign and pay the event liability policy.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  The insurance billing for the motorized racing will be paid by the Fair Board. 

Lori Eichman, County Health Department Administrator, gave the Commissioners an update on the current Covid cases.  Rooks County currently has eight (8) positive cases as of this morning.  There had been two cases of the Delta Variant within the County, but they are now recovered.  Eichman estimated that 40% of Rooks County residents have been vaccinated. 

Eichman said she had heard back from the representative from Mid Continental about the maintenance on the outside of the Health Department Building.  He plans to coat the whole wall where the repairs need done.  He is unable to locate anyone to repair the metal part of the roof.  Eichman will have to have someone else come to look at that.  The proposal she has received from Mid Continental is good until August 22nd at the $27,285.00 rate.  After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to accept the bid from Mid Continental for the repairs to the stucco and bricks at the Health Department.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

There was some discussion about the basic school nursing program between the County schools and the Health Department. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented a check from Midwest Energy in the amount of $33.46 for capital credit.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Road maintenance was discussed. 

                Chemical has been laid down on the Twp 11 lake road – None done on Y Road

                Zurich blacktop and asphalt – scrape & overlay vs. grinding vs. cold patch

                Financial aspects of getting the 10-miles done between Zurich and Webster Lake

Road concerns relayed to Bouchey:

                The approach at the Damar Bridge

                Bridge on 2 Road – massive pot holes

                AA Road east of Hwy 183 – used by several farmers and oil field pumpers – needs attention

                Bouchey plans to do some asphalt patching on the Palco blacktop and near Codell.

Bouchey reported he had received a call from Rural Water District #2 about two miles along E Road, their lines are out of the ditch and need to be covered.  The grader operator in that area will do whatever he can to help, but this is not the County’s responsibility. 

The company working on the telephone lines has cut through a County-owned culvert.  Bouchey will talk to them; he believes they will get it fixed quickly. 

The crew will start on the Woodston clean-up project next week.  A representative from KDHE will be here on Tuesday as the project gets started.

All equipment is in-county.  Three mowers are out and two are in the shop.

There was some discussion about N Road between 19/20 Roads.  Bouchey had done some research, and the part in question is not a road with no right-of-way for the County.  The County has been maintaining it as a dirt road for years.  The public does use this road, but if a dispute comes up, the County does not have any rights.  It was decided it would need barricades so people do not use it in the dark.  The County grader operator will be asked to stay off that area. 

Bouchey is needing to get rid of some old oil.  He has approximately 350 gallons at the Landfill.  The Commissioners came up with some vendor suggestions to use. 

Bouchey let the Commissioners know that he will not be able to attend the meeting next week.

The Board will tour the Fair grounds during the next meeting at 10:15 am. 

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, presented the small fund vouchers for signatures.   Balthazor made a motion to sign the small fund vouchers for the Treasurer.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign for deposit a check received from Midwest Energy in the amount of $93.01.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. Capital credits are the share of the cooperative’s net margins, similar to profits earned by investor-owned utilities. 

Candace Rachel had asked via a test message if the Commissioners were going to appoint someone to the Cemetery #14 Paradise Center Cemetery Board.  The Commissioners were not aware anyone needed appointed. 

In weekly reports, Berland reported he was unable to attend the NWK Planning & Development meeting held in Hill City.  Balthazor said he had attended the LEPC meeting the previous evening.  The LEPC elected officers with all staying the same.  LEPC decided to hold all meetings from now on in either Plainville or Stockton.  A new drone had been purchased.  LEPC has four people that are able to fly the drone.  The ambulance being held in Palco City was discussed.  The consensus at the LEPC meeting was to get rid of the ambulance as it is useless at this time.  Balthazor will attend the NWKS Juvenile Justice and Community Corrections meeting on Thursday. 

Ruder reported about the work being done on the roof at Red Bud Village, and as the crew was tearing it off, they found deeper issues.  Ruder reported there is a ‘vision group’ being formed in Plainville with their main purpose being elderly care and day care issues. 

Virgi Laska, NOVA Theatre Board Member, reported a movie will be shown Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm at the NOVA for the motorcycle racers.  This is being sponsored by Solutions North Bank.  The motorcycle riders may hold their parade on Monday afternoon.  The movies being shown is a Steve McQueen movie called “On Any Sunday” and “Fast and Left”

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

Adopted this 10th day of August, 2021




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                            


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk