January 11

COMMISSIONER’S PROCEEDINGS

JANUARY 11, 2022

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 called the meeting to order, and asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of January 4th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of January 4th with a minor adjustment.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes of January 4th.  Berland seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Berland reported a resident had called once again to discuss the use of salt water on the county roads.  Berland explained the County’s position with the regulations.  Berland had called the Road Supervisor about snow removal on the blacktop to Damar, and he had also received a call from Barbara Brumbaugh about snow removal on 3 Road for the school bus route. 

Balthazor had received a few complaints about some of the drifts not getting taken care of.  He had received a call from James Ochampaugh about R Road needing attention. 

Butch Post, Emergency Management, reported he is still needing to join KDEM zoom calls three times a week.  There are eighty-two (82) counties that still have disaster declarations in place.  The declarations do help with ordering of supplies needed for COVID. 

Post thanked the Board members for attending the Hot-Wash meeting held the evening before.  The meeting went well with conversations started.  Discussions included educating residents, electric companies and grids.  

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented a check from Western Cooperative Electric for capital credits in the amount of $15.43.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Bouchey presented information about a new jump starter generator.  After some discussion Ruder made a motion to allow Bouchey to purchase a 24-volt jump starter generator with air installed for approximately $12,000.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Bouchey reported the reclaimer needs to be taken to Concordia for repairs.  The oil distributor is still in Topeka.  Bouchey will need to put a load on it and take it back to Topeka to see if everything works.  The Cat backhoe is in the shop with cylinder seals being repaired. 

Road maintenance was discussed.  The crew is working on 30/31 Roads between B/C Roads.  The concerned call about R Road was relayed.

The Board asked Bouchey about side discharges on the County’s water trucks referring to helping with fires.  The County’s water trucks do not have the side discharge.  Bouchey is always ready to help haul water when needed for fires. 

A check was received from Western Cooperative Electric for capital credits for the water wells in the amount of $13.06.  Ruder made a motion to sign this check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

A letter was received and reviewed from High Plains Mental Health outlining their yearly accomplishments. 

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

                January 11, 2022

County General                                 77100-77135                       33,964.33

Road & Bridge                                   77136-77148                       11,945.94

Noxious Weed                                  77149-77152                             807.63

Health Department                           77153-77164                          3,314.16

Sanitation                                         77165-77170                            595.14

Rooks County Golf Course              77171-7717                              146.65

Economic Develop EX TR               77174-77175                            148.60

                GRAND TOTAL                                                           50,922.45

Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, reported on the new snow removal equipment and how the new equipment worked for the last two snows received. Hrabe learned how to work the new tractor quickly as it was reported that Eagle Med was to be flying in.  The broom did not work as well as anticipated, as the snow piled too high after one or two passes, and then the brush was not able to break through the higher drifts.  Hrabe thinks the blade may work better in that instance, and plans to use the blade for the bulk of the snow and then the brush. 

Hrabe will look into how the electric meters are working and if each hangar has their own.

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

Adopted this 18th day of January, 2022

ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                            

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Greg Balthazor, Member

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Tim Berland, Member

ATTEST:

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Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk