March 3


March 3, 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; and Lori Eichman, Rooks County Health Department Administrator; with her new employee, Jamie Martin were present to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved.

Lori Eichman, Health Department Administrator, introduced her new employee, Jamie Martin to the Commissioners.  Eichman reported that Martin is a fast learner and working out very well.  Eichman then presented her grant application with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for signature.  Ruder made a motion to sign the Grant Application Signature Page for the grant period from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.  Eichman said all the grant amounts have stayed the same as the past couple of years.  Hagan seconded Ruder’s motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Eichman presented some information about coronavirus.  The Health Department, the Emergency Preparedness Director, and the Rooks County Health Center have been meeting frequently to keep abreast of all information.  Eichman reported there are no cases presently in Kansas, and fifteen (15) states have reported positive cases of coronavirus. 

The Commissioners asked about the elevator located at the Health Department.  Eichman said it is working, but a seal in the bottom is leaking oil, and the repairs could be costly.  She is expecting an estimate from the elevator maintenance company soon.  Eichman said the figures she has heard are somewhere between $5,000.00 – $7,000.00 to get this repaired. 

The Commissioners reviewed two sets of minutes from February 25th and February 28th.  Ruder made a motion to approve both sets of minutes as presented.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Hagan made a motion to sign the minutes of February 25th and February 28th.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Ruder agreed. 

In weekly reports, Hagan reported a quiet week.  He updated the Board on the NWK Planning & Development meeting he had attended the previous week.  There is still no response from Ellis County on whether they will support NWK P&D.  The dues are based on mill levies making the price of $1.78 per person for Rooks County in contrast to $1.40 per person in Ellis County. 

Balthazor said he had travelled some roads, reporting some rough spots, but mostly good to travel on.  A Coffeyville had transport truck get stuck on 20 Road north of Highway 24.  This road has been closed until this area can be repaired. 

Balthazor said he would like to discuss the summer hours with the Road & Bridge Supervisor as the time change is approaching. 

Ruder had travelled some roads as well, and he had the same thoughts as the others about the wet/moisture impacted spots in the roads. 

Ruder had attended the WW2 funeral procession that travelled through the County on the previous Saturday evening.  The procession was escorting the body of a now-deceased survivor at the attack on Pearl Harbor in WWII from Colorado Springs to Red Cloud, NE. 

The weekly mail and other small items reviewed as follows:

A listing of unclaimed monies from the State of Kansas was reviewed.

A letter was received stating the Kansas Department of Transportation had received the Agreement to Treat Noxious Weed along state and federal highways in Rooks County.

The valuation notices were received from the County Appraiser,

A packet of information was received from the High Plains Mental Health Center.

A request for funding from the Palco VIP’s for the after-prom program was received.

A voucher in the amount of $2.07 to the Employee Benefit Fund for Advanced Life Insurance for an employee on workman’s compensation was signed.  This voucher was added to the February month-end vouchers.

Hagan made a motion to accept the 2019 annual report from Township #12.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.       

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reminded the Board that the bids for the landfill cash rent are due on March 20th

Bouchey and the Board discussed road maintenance and equipment issues. 

Bouchey mentioned that the concrete over the manhole in the alley behind the shop had broken through.  The City of Stockton has looked at it and thinks the sanitary sewer line may be broke.  Stockton City will be working on this, but some maintenance may need to be done from the alley to the buildings.

A Coffeyville transport truck had gotten stuck on 20 Road north of Highway 24.  The RGN Company was called to pull the truck out.  RGN did some maintenance work on the road, but it has been barricaded for now, until the moisture dries somewhat for further maintenance. 

Bouchey has received a quote from Venture Corporation for the Zurich black-top millings and overlay.  Normally, the schedule is to crack seal in March and chip seal in October.  Bouchey has visited with Jerol DeBoer about the Peroneal Company’s work.  DeBoer was not totally for this company, but he planned to check some of their work in the City of Hays.

Bouchey mentioned he would be returning to summer hours at the end of the month of March.

Commissioner Hagan requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session between 9:58 am and 10:08 am for the purpose of non-elected personnel.  Hagan seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Corky Hagan, and Greg Balthazor.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion.

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, presented a listing of the 2019 sales of residential homes.  She reported the tax process is based on an eight-year rolling average going back eight years from 2017. 

Poore requested attending the Women’s Initiative Conference and the IAAO Conference running back-to-back in Denver in August 28th – September 3rd.  Poore plans to apply for scholarships to help pay – making the costs minimal.  The Commissioners approved Poore’s request. 

Poore asked to give an employee a merit raise of $.25 per hour.  She has tested and passed all current classes.  This request was approved as well.  Poore has mentioned in the past and still plans the on-site workshops to train her employees this spring. 

A phone call was made to Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff, asking if the tower in Plainville had been initiated.  Knight reported the 50’ section is in, and the antennae are coming soon.  Reif’s Welding has been contacted, and could get their part of the job done within a couple of weeks.  Knight and the City of Plainville are still waiting on the authorization for the new tower from the insurance company.  Ruder then made a call to the insurance company in Plainville.  The project has not been approved yet. 

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

Adopted this 10th day of March, 2020



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Greg Balthazor, Member


Corky Hagan, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk