June 22


June 22, 2021

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Commissioners present were:  John Ruder, Chairman; 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.  Ruder asked all to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

Lori Eichman, Rooks County Health Department, presented the yearly WIC agreement with Osborne County.  Osborne County is the lead agent for WIC.  Ruder made a motion to sign the Letter of Agreement between the Osborne County Health Department and the Rooks County Health Department stating Rooks County will conduct the WIC program as a sub-agency for the Osborne County Health Department WIC program for the period October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.  The document is incorporated by reference into the Contract between the Secretary of the State Department of Health & Environment and the Osborne County Health Department.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Eichman reported that a contractor from Fort Scott had looked at the outside of the Health Department building.  Eichman had not received a quote yet.  The contractor said he could fix the stucco.  He would have to find, and he does have the resources, someone to fix the metal piece at the top of the building. 

Eichman also mentioned that Orkin is treating the termites at the Health Department Building and will need to come back every month. 

Eichman has found out that she could use some of the KDHE Grant for bonuses for the County Health Officers.  The grant will also be used for infrastructure and Covid-related items dated back to March of 2020.  She asked about giving the County Health Officers a bonus.  After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to give each County Health Officer (Dr. Jen Brull and Dr. Jennifer Maciaszek) a $1,000 bonus.  Dr. Brull had resigned as Health Officer as of August 1, 2020, and Dr. Maciaszek replaced her at that point.  Both Health Officers had put in a tremendous amount of time and work throughout the COVID pandemic.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Eichman updated the Commissioners with some COVID data.  Rooks County has a total of 667 positive cases.  All are recovered.  She keeps giving vaccines as requested.  She has given a few to children 12 years of age or older.  Eichman estimates that 40% of Rooks County has been vaccinated. 

The minutes of June 15th were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of June 15th as presented.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented fee reports from both the Road & Bridge and the Landfill Departments.  These were approved. 

A check was presented in the amount of $11,466.50 for receipts and cash at the Landfill.  Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Bouchey also presented the Landfill farm lease for signature.  Berland made a motion to sign the farm lease agreement with Steve and Ryan Hageman in the amount of $1,764.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Bouchey mentioned that NexTech is building a tower west of Plainville.   Bouchey said the department is gaining on the flooded road maintenance.  Only one road is left that is not passable. 

Bouchey mentioned he would be meeting with the representatives of the Bureau of Local Projects on June 28th.  For disaster relief, Bouchey is working on both the FAS Routes reports (on-system) and the FEMA reports (off-system). 

Equipment issues were discussed:  mowers have been a problem this week and a water truck is needing a pump. 

Ruder reminded Bouchey that he needs to be having monthly safety meetings and discussions. 

Berland passed on a complaint he had received about N Road between 5/6 Roads with the bridge.  Balthazor had received a call about the grader operator getting too close to the fence line. 

Bouchey mentioned he would try to get to the Woodston City pit issue after the 4th of July. 

Since the snow removal equipment had been delivered at the airport, the Commissioners discussed maybe training an employee to do the maintenance at the airport.  Previously, the Heinen Brothers had said they would do the maintenance, but now are unwilling.  Nothing was decided at this point. 

In weekly reports, Berland said he had received a call about getting a name added to the Veteran’s wall located in the Courthouse.  He was told to contact John Berkley, with the VFW. 

Balthazor said he had received reports that the farmers are pleased with the Road Department working as they have, and that the roads will be passable for the 2021 Harvest. 

Ruder reported about an informal visit he had with the interim administrator at the nursing home.  The IA felt things were going well.  He had met with some people interested in renting an assisted living apartment and also a couple of people asking about the nursing facility.  The whirlpool tub is outdated and needs replaced with a walk-in style.  The funds are available and the 501c3 Board approved the purchase through grant monies received.  The 501c3 Board has decided to meet every two weeks for now to keep abreast of any issues. 

Virgi Laska, representing the Nova Theatre Board, invited the Commissioners to an event at the Nova Theatre.  The 35th Infantry Division Band, with the Kansas Army National Guard, will be presenting a musical performed by the citizen soldiers of the Kansas Army National Guard on Wednesday, July 14th at 7:00 pm.

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

                June 22, 2021

County General                                 75754-75777                                       10,747.83

Noxious Weed                                  75778-75779                                         2,915.70

Rooks County Golf Course               75780                                                      648.52

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                            14,312.05

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, reported the SPARK bank account at Solutions North Bank is now finished – all funds have been dispersed and finalized.  Ruder made a motion to close the SPARK bank account at Solutions North Bank.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to open an interest-bearing account at Solutions North Bank for the ARPA grant monies.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Ruder requested the County Clerk’s Office having payroll done by Tuesday, June 29th.  With no further business to transact, Ruder made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Adopted this 29th day of June, 2021



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                            


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk