June 1


JUNE 1, 2021

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  The Commissioners present were:  John Ruder, Chairman; and Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland, Members.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, was also present.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited, and the agenda was approved. 

The minutes of May 25th and May 28th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of both May 25th and May 28th as presented.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the approved minutes of May 25th and May 28th.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Berland agreed. 

The Commissioners held a discussion about the issues with the employee hired to do the roofing at the Rooks County Golf Course.  Ruder had called Ty Gillum, with Roofmasters’ Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc., of Hays, and the issue has been resolved with the employee. 

In weekly reports, Berland reported he had not received any road complaints.  Berland had let the Road Supervisor know about a few more roads that had been washed-out.  The Road & Bridge crew had repaired these quickly. 

Balthazor also said he had not received any calls about roads. 

Ruder had received a call from a resident on AA Road.  A wedding is being planned for the next week, and they would like the road passable for the guests. 

Ruder also reported that the Red Bud Village 501c3 Board would be meeting today with the interim administrator to show him around and introduce him to the staff. 

Angela Bates called in and was put on speaker phone.  She was requesting the County’s help in putting up a sign on a county road south of Damar.  The sign is for the Ellis Trail that is being finalized.  Bate’s phone number will be given to the Road & Bridge Supervisor so the two can coordinate and get the sign placed. 

The Commissioners reviewed and approved the 2020 annual report received from Township #2. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the monthly fuel bids.  Midland Marketing received the low bid of $14,385.00.

                Midland Marketing          Diesel                    2.4706                   7,411.80              

                                                        Unleaded            2.3244                   6,973.20               14,385.00

                Farmers Union                  Diesel                    2.4990                   7,497.00

                                                          Unleaded            2.3390                   7,017.00               14,514.00

                Bosselman’s                       Diesel                    2.4990                   7,497.00              

                                                           Unleaded            2.3490                   7,047.00               14,544.00

Bouchey reported the department has been working on patching up the roads after the excessive rains, particularly in the SE quarter of the County.  Bouchey is having a hard time finding material to put on the roads.  The forecast is looking better to help dry up the materials some.  The road repair list is quite extensive especially east of Highway 183 around AA Road.  Most of the roads are now passable.  Of the eleven roads with culverts out, only one has been repaired.  Bouchey will need to ‘beef-up’ the barricades, as people are driving through them.  Bouchey continues to look for dry material, and has been mixing up the materials found. 

The Commissioners forwarded to Bouchey the requests received earlier from Angela Bates asking for help with a sign and the upcoming wedding that will be held in the country.

A former County Commissioner and long-time employee, Dean Strutt, has passed away.  A private ceremony is planned for a later date. 

The Commissioners reviewed the employment contract for Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser.  A few changes had been made.  Ruder made a motion to sign the employment contract with Heather Poore as Rooks County Appraiser.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

ITC Great Plains has started their project of putting fiber optic cable over the power lines in the SE part of the County. 

Ruder discussed the water issues at the Red Bud Village nursing facility building.  The bills are coming in, and the nursing facility’s operating funds are stretched.  The Commissioners had decided at the last meeting to pull $30,000 from the Special Projects Fund to help fund these bills. 

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

Adopted this 8th day of June, 2021




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                   


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk