January 14, 2020
The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session. Those present were the Commissioners: John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor. Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes, and Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.
Ruder asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda was approved.
Mike Klein, Noxious Weed Director, presented the KS Department of Transportation State Highway contract for signatures. Ruder made a motion to sign the State Highway Contract for weed maintenance. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. The contract is for $34.00 an hour for the operator, and $38.00 an hour for the vehicle use.
Klein questioned the board about why the Commissioners had cut his budget. The Commissioners assured Klein that it was not a reflection on Klein as an administrator, and they thought all equipment was doing well and would not need replaced this year. Klein discussed the possibility of adding a third stall (bay) to the east end of the Weed Department building because he needs the extra storage. Klein will do some checking on prices for this.
Klein thanked the Board for the nice Christmas gift card.
Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, updated the Board about maintenance at the jail. The skylight that had been leaking has been fixed. The mini-split is also working now. Knight is awaiting on a door lock that they have been looking for. Knight has one deputy doing well at the Academy now, and another scheduled to go in March.
The minutes of January 7th were reviewed. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of January 7th with a couple of minor corrections. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. The minutes of December 31, 2019 and January 7, 2020 were printed, and Hagan made a motion to sign both sets of minutes. Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
The Commissioners reported a quiet week with a few concerns about the roads; but no complaints. Balthazor had looked at some culverts and signs that needed fixed. Balthazor had talked to the farmer that owned the land where there had been some discussion about getting some water moved around. The farmer suggested not fixing the bridge and waterway, but to make a three-quarter mile long road around in the other direction. Balthazor will mention this to the Road & Bridge Supervisor.
Ruder had visited with the Nursing Home Administrator. She is asking for some funding to help with the insurance costs.
Ruder mad a motion to sign all appointment letters to individuals for the appointments made the previous week. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Hagan made a motion to accept the 2019 annual report from Township #7. Balthazor seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the fee reports for the Road & Bridge Department and the Sanitation Department. Hagan made a motion to accept the fee reports for both the Road & Bridge Department and the Sanitation Department. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. Ruder made a motion to sign the Landfill check for cash and receipts in the amount of $9,944.10 for deposit. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Bouchey discussed equipment maintenance. A 12M grader had been in for service. It will need to go to Salina to get the transmission maintained. The 140H motor grader has a hydraulic pump issue. Bouchey plans to put a re-manufactured pump on for approximately $1,700.00.
The crew is nearly finished on W/13 Roads and then will move to the Casey Pit to haul on 26/28 Roads. The Bridge crew is working south of Zurich on a concrete bridge near 10/CC Roads that they have been monitoring. The maintenance on Mill Street is finished; millings were used and a tube was installed.
Bouchey presented quotes for new dump trucks. He had had I-70 Truck Repair make up the specs as to what was wanted and giving the specs to other vendors to meet or exceed. Quotes as follows:
I-70 Truck Repair – $112,912 cab and chassis (Western Star)
Doonan Truck & Equipment Sales – $122,588 cab and chassis (Peterbilt)
Bruckner Truck Sales – $123,719 cab and chassis (Mac)
Midwest Truck Supply, from Wichita, plans to quote a box with a vibrator that would save wear and tear on the truck when unloading. Bouchey had not received this quote yet.
Bouchey plans to visit with some banks within the County to ask about rates and financing.
Bouchey had visited with Jerol DeBoer, with Penco Engineering, about the program discussed the previous week with Pro-Seal Pavement Preservation Services. DeBoer will check out the program and get back with Bouchey.
The Commissioners relayed the information from the landowner with the water-way problem. Bouchey liked the idea of working a road around the water way as the landowner suggested.
Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, had received a call from a disgruntled taxpayer about some penalties and interest from a tax statement that he had never received through the mail. Balthazor had received a phone call from this man as well. The tax statement is for approximately $68 with $53 of it being penalties. Ruder made a motion to abate the delinquent part of the tax billing in the amount of $53.05. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Ruder made a motion to approve and sign an early selected payroll check to Kelly Richmond in the amount of $634.80 for his compensation time that did not get paid in December. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
Ruder made a motion to appropriate $20,000.00 to Red Bud Village to help with their insurance billings. Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Ruder made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed.
January 4, 2020
WARRANT VOUCHER NET PAY TOTAL
County General 72155-72183 $214,630.68 $ $214,630.68
Road & Bridge 72184-72186 $1,109.76 $542.03 $1,651.79
Noxious Weed 72187-72190 $834.40 $ $834.40
Spec Equipment Reserve (SO) 72191 $26,800.00 $ $26,800.00
Health Department 72192-72209 $8,654.65 $ $8,654.65
Sanitation 2210-72211 $190.85 $ $190.85
Rooks County Golf Course 75545-72214 $766.03 $ $766.03
Eco-Devo Exp TR 72215-72216 $157.86 $ $157.86
GRAND TOTAL $253,144.23 $542.03 $253,686.26
With no further business to discuss, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Balthazor seconded this motion, and Hagan agreed.
Adopted this 21st day of January, 2020
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Corky Hagan, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk