March 10


March 10, 2020

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Those present were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, and Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, were also present.  Chairman Ruder asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, gave the Commissioners an update on the communication tower project.  Knight had received the following quotes for work to be done:  Reif’s Welding and Construction LLC, for setting up the crane and assembling the handrail/catwalk – $1,260.00; S &W Supply, for the generator – $2,498.75; and a second quote from VLS Communications, Inc. for $15,227.72.  This second quote from VLS Communications, Inc. was lowered from their first because of taking out the labor that Reif’s will be doing.  Knight is waiting on a quote from Tyler’s Electric for the electrical power needed to the shed.  The City of Plainville still plans on appropriating $5,000.00 to the project.  The Plainville Insurance Company (Paul Gross) is working the insurance out.  The County and Plainville City will share the insurance cost.  The sirens were in working condition for the tornado safety testing done last week. 

Ruder made a motion to move forward with the communication tower project in the City of Plainville.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Butch Post, Emergency Preparedness Director, talked about some fires that occurred over the weekend.  The County fire departments had helped each other and other counties with mutual aid, and the fires were put out quickly.  Post receives ‘hot-spot’ notifications from the National Weather Service as they watch radar, and had received the fire notifications before the 911 calls. 

Post is continuing to meet with hospital staff, the County Health Administrator, and EMS about the coronavirus outbreak, and keeping abreast of the situation. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of March 3rd.  Ruder made a motion to accept the minutes of March 3rd with some corrections.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of March 3rd.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan reported a quiet week.  He had drove some roads and thought they were mostly in fair shape.  Hagan had visited with some residents from Phillips County who thought Rooks County roads were overall better than Phillips County’s.  Hagan had received concerned calls about the two miles of E Road just west of Highway 183. 

Balthazor had travelled some roads as well; reporting rough roads, but decent to travel on.  Balthazor will be attending a couple of meetings:  Work Force One and Juvenile Justice.  Also, the Economic Development meeting will be on Monday, March 16th

Ruder discussed an older model electric golf cart that belonged to the Golf Course.  An offer of $100.00 had been offered for this golf cart.  Ruder made a motion to declare this golf cart excess property and accept the offer of $100.00 for it.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Ruder also said that Al Plante had worked on four different mowers at the Golf Course, and they were all in working order now. 

The Red Bud Nursing Facility seems to be ‘making do’ at this time with their lower-count of residency. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the fuel bids dated March 9, 2020 as follows:

                Midland Marketing – Diesel & Unleaded – $12,927.10

                Farmers Union – Diesel & Unleaded – $12,984.00

                Bosselman’s – Diesel & Unleaded – $12,527.20

The low bid from Bosselman’s was accepted. 

Bouchey said he would get the shed located at the old tower location, clean it up, get it ready, and take it to the tower location in Plainville when they are ready for it. 

Bouchey reminded the Board about the due date of March 20th for the Landfill cash rents bids. 

Bouchey presented bids for both a refurbished and a new copy machine that is badly needed at the Road & Bridge office.  Bids were received from Tri Central Office Supply, Inc. and NW Office Supplies, Inc.  Ruder made a motion to approve the purchase of a new copier for the Road & Bridge office from NW Office Supplies for the amount of $4,995.00. 

The Board and Bouchey discussed roads concerns and equipment repairs.  Bouchey mentioned his crew is ready to seed grass at the Rooks County Health Center where some road/ditch work had been done. 

Representatives from the High Plains Mental Health Center presented their annual report.  Those present were Walter Hill, M.S., LMLP, LCP Executive Director, Kaley Connor, and Gary Knight as a Rooks County representative of their Board.  Hill reported on each page of the annual report, distributed pamphlets, and ended his presentation with their budget request of $30,284.00 for the year 2021.  Connor talked about some of the programs and events HPMH has including Stress Management and Critical Incident Management. 

The Commissioners reviewed Appraiser Heather Poore’s scholarship applications that she has turned in for scholarships to help defray the cost of the conventions she plans to attend. 

Ruder made a motion to sign for deposit the bond insurance reimbursement check from Township #6 in the amount of $37.59.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Hagan agreed. 

Hagan made a motion to accept the 2019 annual report from Township #6.   Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

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

                March 10, 2020

County General                                72541-72569                                       $21,491.49

Road & Bridge                                   72570-72575                                       $5,244.68

Noxious Weed                                   72576-72578                                       $594.46

Sheriff Equipment Reserve               72579                                                  $7,700.00

Health Department                            72580-72586                                       $1,114.35

Sanitation                                           72587-72588                                       $112.81

Rooks County Golf Course                72589-72590                                       $272.53

Alcohol Program                                72591-72593                                       $900.00

Sales Tax                                        72594                                                    $32,025.00

                GRAND TOTAL                                                                             $69,455.32


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

Adopted this 17th day of March, 2020




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Greg Balthazor, Member 


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk