July 6, 2021
The Rooks County Commissioners met in regular session. All Commissioners were present: John Ruder, Chairman; Tim Berland and Greg Balthazor, Members. Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes. Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present. Ruder opened the meeting and asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda was approved.
The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of June 29th. Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes of June 29th with a minor adjustment. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of June 29th. Ruder seconded this motion, and Berland agreed.
In weekly reports, Berland had heard a road complaint from an employee at the Plainville elevator asking the Road & Bridge Department to fix a culvert at the elevator where the big grain trucks are crossing.
Berland asked if the Golf course would be willing to sell any equipment from inside the vacated restaurant building at the Golf Course. He had received the request from an individual who is planning to open a restaurant and is interested in the equipment. Ruder will mention this request to the golf course committee and report back. Any surplus equipment would need to be sold through the correct means.
Balthazor had received calls concerning the blading of the weeds from the ditches needing to be bladed closer or farther into the ditches. The wind row that is being left can be dangerous when vehicles meet to pass.
Ruder had attended Senator Jerry Moran’s town hall that was held the week before at the VFW in Stockton.
Ruder had also met with the interim administrator at Red Bud Village. Everything seems to be going well.
Ruder had visited with Julie Cole about potentially changing the amount of the County’s appropriation towards the County EMT’s. Ruder asked if the County appropriated a smaller amount to see if they can get by with just getting a couple more full-time employees. Cole will talk with the Stockton City Manager about the finances.
Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, discussed the road repair needing done near the Parker residence. To repair the damage and put new culverts in as it previously was would have an extreme price with the cost of culverts right now. The hope is that the temporary tubes will last quite a while.
Bouchey is expecting a call, soon, from the State to go ahead with the pit clean-up in Woodston.
Some equipment has been taken to the shop for clean-up and surface work while several of the crew are out for harvest. The John Deere mower tractor is in Phillipsburg for repairs. One dump truck is at I-70 Truck Repair getting some warranty work done.
Bouchey is working on getting the Nicodemus Trail sign posted.
Bouchey was informed about the road concerns received by the Commissioners. If Midland Marketing will purchase the culvert, the Road & Bridge Department would install it, and hopefully, have it fixed before fall harvest. Bouchey will follow up about the wind rows being complained about near 25 Road/F Road. The road in Zurich City to the elevator was discussed as well.
Bouchey is waiting until after harvest to do the project at the Plainville Lake. Y Road is still quite busy with harvest traffic.
Bouchey plans to meet with representatives from the Bureau of Local Projects on July 15th to look at the FAS route damages.
Ruder received a call from Julie Cole, Rooks County EMS Director. She was still hoping to receive the requested number of appropriations. The County’s auditor and budget preparer, John Mapes, will be at the July 13th meeting. This issue will be discussed at that time.
With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
Adopted this 13th day of July, 2021
ROOKS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
John Ruder, Chairman
Greg Balthazor, Member
Tim Berland, Member
Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk