June 15

JUNE 15, 2021


The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those in attendance were the following:  John Ruder, Chairman; 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.  The agenda was approved: adding Butch Post, Emergency Management and adjusting for Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, not being able to attend the meeting.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, was present to discuss the law enforcement contract with the City of Stockton.  The County Attorney had made the cost-of-living adjustments on the contract which raised the amount Stockton City will pay the County by about $4,200.  Ruder made a motion to approve and sign the Law Enforcement Contract between the City of Stockton and Rooks County.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.



Knight mentioned that the officials of the cities of Stockton and Plainville will be meeting at the County Jail to discuss their water issues and collaborations. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of June 8th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of June 8 with some corrections to be made.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of June 8th.  Ruder seconded this motion, and Berland agreed. 

Butch Post, Emergency Manager, discussed the COVID emergency declaration.  Even though the State has ended their COVID emergency declaration, KDEM recommends that the counties leave theirs in place without rescinding the resolution.  This option makes it easier for the State to help with PPE if the counties are still under a state of emergency.  The Commissioners agreed to leave the declaration open-ended for now. 

Post had reviewed the guidelines, facts and questions received about the ARPA funding.  He reported a few important findings that may concern Rooks County.

The Commissioners had received a report from World Pest Control detailing the steps being taken to control the termites at the Water Resources Building.

The Commissioners received a notice that Karol Roadhouse, an agent for Blue Cross Blue Shield, will be retiring after thirty-five (35) years working in group insurance and employee benefits. 

A thank you card was received from the Rooks County Spring Show and North Central Kansas Livestock Circuit for the support received from Rooks County. 

In weekly reports, Berland reported everyone too busy to discuss any roads.  He had received a text asking about road maintenance. 

Berland asked when the Noxious Weed Director will be spraying weeds in the ditches.  The Noxious Weed Director is short-staffed and trying to do both the office work and the field work at this time.    

Balthazor reported about his meeting with Work Force One.  They discussed a new plant going in at Dodge City that will employ 100-200 employees.  The Cargill Corporation and other companies expressed that they are looking to hire.  The Work Force One Board is looking at an educational grant to help people get back to work.  Classroom training programs will be in effect. 

Balthazor was unable to attend the NW KS Community Corrections and Juvenile Justice meeting. 

Ruder reported about the Red Bud Village Board meeting held on Thursday.  The newly hired interim administrator is pushing to fill the openings at the assisted living complex, and is being more aggressive in recruiting.  Presently, seven of the twelve apartments are full.  Red Bud Village is very appreciative of the funds sent from the County to help with the water-line repairs.  Staffing concerns has been somewhat better and expected to get even better. 

Ruder mentioned he would like to see if the Road & Bridge Department has been doing their safety meetings and protocols. 

Ruder also plans to check and see if the snow-removal/mowing equipment has been received at the airport. 

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

            June 15, 2021

County General                        75712-75726                12,643.59

Road & Bridge                         75727-75738                39,773.29

Noxious Weed                         75739-75742                301.30

Sheriff Equipment Reserve       75743                          109.25

Custodian Equipment Reserve   75744                          792.95

Sanitation                                 75745-75748                1,121.10

Rooks County Golf Course       75749-75750                409.79

Economic Develop EX TR        75751-75752                161.26

Parks & Recreation Fund          75753                          1,059.23

            GRAND TOTAL                                               56,371.76

Ruder reported about the Paradise Creek Festival held in Plainville over the weekend.  The crowds were large and the rodeo was well attended as well.  Everyone involved seemed satisfied.

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

Adopted this 22nd day of June, 2021




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                           


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk