June 8

JUNE 8, 2021


The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Commissioners present were:  John Ruder, 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 reviewed and accepted.  Ruder asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The minutes of June 1st were reviewed.  Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes of June 1st with the correction of a small typo.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the minutes of June 1st.  Berland seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

Reports:  Balthazor had received a call from Darrell Rubottom thanking the Road & Bridge employees for cleaning out a fence row and trees on his property.  This debris had floated in from the recent flooding.  Balthazor had drove some roads, reporting some major fixes still need to be done, but things are getting better.

Balthazor will be attending two meetings this coming week:  NWKS Juvenile Justice/Community Corrections and Work Force One. 

Berland had not received any calls.  As he had drove around south of Palco and Zurich, he reported the roads being better than expected.  The Logan Road clear to the County line is in pretty good shape.  The Red Line Road is better in Rooks County than it is in Graham County.   

Ruder asked about how far out harvest may be, and if the roads will be okay for the grain trucks and semis.  The Commissioners thought the roads would be okay for harvest. 

Ruder had met the previous week with the interim administrator at Red Bud Village.  They toured the facility and later met with several employees.  The new interim administrator has some construction knowledge, and the maintenance employee was asked to keep the interim administrator aware of all issues.  Another meeting will be held later in the week, to check on how things are going at the nursing facility. 

Ruder had received a thank you, as well, for road repairs on AA Road. 

Butch Post, Emergency Management, reported the State’s emergency COVID declaration will expire on June 15th.  He thought that Rooks County would need to end the County’s emergency declaration soon. 

Post has been working with the Road & Bridge Department getting information and estimates of repair costs about the flooding issues.  The KDEM paperwork will need to be turned in soon.  More paperwork will need to be done for KDOT.

Post also discussed the ARPA funding.  The clerk was asked to see how/what Trego County is spending some of their funds on.  Gary Knight and Post had discussed needing a mini split at the jail and also new radios. 

Plans to spend the ARPA funds will need to be made, and the guidelines, facts and questions reviewed.

The Commissioners had received a question concerning fireworks being sold within the County.  The Commissioners approved selling and having fireworks within the County. 

Ruder made a motion to sign a form for the CDBG Covid grants funds – approving the request for payment of the funds for administration fees.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Berland made a motion to sign a Notice & Waiver confirming the support of Rooks County for the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reported he had coordinated with Angela Bates and received the sign that she wants erected.  The department will set the sign soon. 

Bouchey mentioned the crews are presently working on the Yoxall bridge.  It is taking some time to get all flooding repairs done.  The material/rock is starting to dry some.  Bouchey’s list is still very long. 

Bouchey reported the price of culverts has tripled from what they were normally.  He believes he has enough culverts to get by for now, but he does not have the large ones to replace the large damaged culverts.  The Road Department has fixed all but five locations where the roads were completely washed out. 

Bouchey plans to get estimates of the damages to the Emergency Manager by Thursday.  Both the Bureau of Local Projects and the emergency disaster relief have a threshold of $700,000 each. 

Ruder made a motion to sign the Small Fund vouchers presented by Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Ruder made a motion to sign a letter stating the Rooks County Commissioners plan to apply for a grant from the KS Department of Commerce Kansas Small Cities CDBG Program.  The grant, if received, will be used for ambulances first, and then other needs can be addressed as well.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Ruder reported he had talked to the Ambulance Director, and one of the ambulances had an issue yesterday.  It will need to be looked at by a mechanic.  Also, the Rooks County Ambulance Director requested using the building at the Rooks County Golf Course for the EMT meetings.  She would like to have only one localized meeting each month, instead of having one in Plainville and another one in Stockton.  This was approved. 

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

                June 8, 2021

County General                                 75635-75674                       61,099.35

Road & Bridge                                   75675-75689                       15,423.86

Noxious Weed                                  75690-75691                       12,193.05

Health Department                           75692-75700                       9,988.16

Sanitation                                          75701-75706                       1,682.09

Rooks County Golf Course              75707-75709                       1,967.69

Parks & Recreation                          75710                                    2,000.00

Central KS Library                             75711                                    31,008.26

          GRAND TOTAL                                                                   135,362.46

The employee hired by Roofmaster’s Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc. out of Hays had not received his full pay from the work done at the golf course.  Ruder had met with both Ty Gillum and Charles Hamilton last week.  It was agreed to pay Charles Hamilton $2,000 with his signature saying the County has no liabilities.  This was approved to pay by the Commissioners out of the Parks & Recreation Fund. 

Ruder reported that Sacred Heart School held a golf tournament at the Golf Course on Saturday.  There were forty golfers entered. 

The Commissioners reviewed the department budgets. 

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

Adopted this 15th day of June, 2021




John Ruder, Chairman                                   


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk