July 27


July 27, 2021

The Rooks County Commissioners met in regular session.  Commissioners present were:  John Ruder, Chairman; and Members Tim Berland and Greg Balthazor.  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 from July 20th.  Ruder made a motion to approved the minutes of July 20th as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes; Ruder seconded the motion; Berland agreed. 

Roger Meitler, with World Pest Control, asked if he could get an option to bid on the pest control for Red Bud Village since there has been an administration change.  Ruder assured him that he would talk with the other 501c3 board members, and he will contact the interim administrator at Red Bud Village about the request as well. 

Officials present to discuss the possibility of hiring a consultant to help administer the ARPA funds were Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer; Butch Post, Emergency Management; and Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff.  With the difficult paperwork and reports, all thought it would be a good idea.  An email will be sent to a couple different companies (Witt O’Brien’s or Swindoll, Janzen, & Loyd, LLC) to see what percentages they are expecting.  The elected officials discussed options of how to spend the ARPA funds.  Ruder will try to contact the KAC Board President for plans and guidelines with the funding.  Options were also discussed depending on what is approved by the authorities (State and Federal).

                Premium Pay

                Reimbursement for the radio towers

                Infrastructure – Health Office, Courthouse ventilation

                Red Bud Village

                Communications for the Sheriff’s Office

                EMS & new ambulances

                Black top (asphalt road) between Zurich and Webster Lake

                Rooks County Free Fair revenue loss

Post also gave the Commissioners an update that eighteen (18) counties have now rescinded their emergency resolutions.  Since the Delta Variant Covid virus has been detected in Rooks County, Rooks County will leave theirs in place at this time.           

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented a dividend check received from Farmer’s Union Elevator in the amount of $380.90.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Bouchey presented the Landfill check for cash and receipts in the amount of $12,661.60.  Ruder made a motion to sign this check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Bouchey presented fee reports for both the Landfill and the Road & Bridge Departments.  These were approved. 

Berland announced the fuel bids dated August 17, 2021.  Midland Marketing received the low bid.

                Midland Marketing                         Diesel                   $12,885.00

                                                                                Unleaded            $4,981.60             Total – $17,866.60

                Farmers Union                                  Diesel                    $12,945.00

                                                                                Unleaded            $5,048.00             Total – $17,993.00

                Bosselman                                          Diesel                    $13,089.00

                                Unleaded            $5,059.00             Total – $18,148.00

Bouchey had been looking for an older van to haul the crew to the work places throughout the county.  Ruder thought the pickup that Bouchey uses now needs quite a bit of attention – the engine and rear end had been replaced in the last year or so, and wondered if Bouchey could move the pickup to the crew to use and look for a newer pickup for Bouchey to use.  Bouchey had found a new pickup through a government State program for about $32,000.  After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to go forward to purchase the 2022 Ford F-250 crew cab with a 4×4 bed in the amount of $32,140.00.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Road maintenance was discussed.  Equipment maintenance is being done now at the shop with the high heat and humidity.  Bouchey plans to get the Woodston City clean-up job done during the County Fair.  The Plainville Lake Road will have the chemical down this week.  Bouchey is still working on the Landfill surveying.

Bouchey mentioned his office is working on getting figures together from the storm damages on the FAS Routes.  The secretary should have them ready today; but Bouchey does not think Rooks County will be close to the thresholds they have for support.  Rooks County has 227 miles of FAS routes. 

A phone call was received from Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, saying the older GIS van had been sold on Purple Wave.  Knight had received a check in the amount of $4,200.  He was instructed to put the check in the General Fund Miscellaneous Income Fund. 

Mark Lowry, with Heritage Insurance Company, was present to report a very minor fender bender with one of the ambulances.  A new EMT student had backed up the ambulance and scraped a vehicle.  There was no damage to the ambulance, and less than $1,000 of damages to the other vehicle.  A student driver will not be allowed to drive the ambulances again. 

Lowry said he is working with the fair board president getting insurances ready for the fair.  Lowry is also working with Rich Bouchey for safety programs and issues for the department. 

Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, gave the Commissioners a report about the military concert held last week at the NOVA Theatre. 

Zach Brown, Custodian, had presented a billing and maintenance agreement with Fire Alarm Specialist, Inc.  The agreement is for $740.00 per year for a two-year agreement ($1,480.).  Balthazor made a motion to sign and pay the maintenance agreement: testing only with Fire Alarm Specialist, Inc.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

The Commissioners had received an email with updates on the National Heritage Area. 

A bill from Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home was received listing unattended deaths.  Ruder called Brad Plumer to ask about the bill.  Plumer explained that Rooks County received the billing for unattended deaths only when he has to take the body to Hays for an autopsy.  Plumer apologized that he was late in getting the billing out.  There were several deaths listed on the billing.  The bill was approved to pay. 

A request was received from the Rooks County Free Fair executive committee asking for the funding the Commissioners set aside in their budget for the Fair.  The money will be used to reseal three of the limestone buildings on the premises.  The Rooks County Free Fair Board has secured a bid from Mid Continental Restoration Co., Inc. from Fort Scott, KS.  The request was approved. 

The Commissioners gave their weekly reports.  Berland will be attending the NWK Planning & Development meeting in Hill city.  Balthazor and Berland may attend the LEPC meeting in Damar on August 2nd

No concerned calls about the roads were received, but Ruder had received another compliment about the road work done at the Bob Parker residence. 

Ruder reminded the Board about the meeting on Friday, July 30th to approve the monthly payroll and vouchers.  With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Adopted this 3rd day of August, 2021



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                            


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk