November 16

November 16, 2021

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

Bret Greenwood, associated with a bike trails committee from Plainville, was present to answer any questions the Board had about the committee’s quest for a bike trail around the Plainville Lake. Greenwood explained that the grant will pay for about one-half mile (approximately 614 yards of shale). Eventually, the trail would be seven (7) miles long going around the lake. They plan is to do this in increments, using this first grant monies as a test to check and see if the trail surface performs the way it is supposed to. Greenwood stated the project may last as long as 10-12 years – this grant request being Phase One. The Commissioners said the economic impact to the County matters, and they are interested in the project. Greenwood presented a draft with County limitations, and Ruder made a motion to sign the agreement to help Prairie Frontier Trails Association obtain their grant. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of October 9th. Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes with a minor correction. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. After the minutes were approved, Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of October 9th. Berland seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.

Ruder updated the Board with Red Bud Village information. The Plainville Community Foundation has offered a grant, as long as the City of Plainville and the County would match it. The grant would help to operate the nursing facility through June and work on the feasibility study which would include prospects for a new facility. Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, was asked to come to meeting to visit about the economic impact that Red Bud Village has for the county. Hrabe discussed how Red Bud Village should be available for the ARPA funding, as the financial situation is completely related to COVID. In the area meetings, Hrabe has attended, he gets conflicting messages of what and how the counties are committing to certain projects.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented a letter from KDOT informing him that the County Road 10 Improvement project has been selected to receive state funds and will be included in KDOT’s Fall 2021 Cost Share Program. The project is selected to receive a maximum state award of $1,000,000 and is expected to aid in the completion of the “construction-phase” as proposed in the project application. An estimate of $2,000,000 was received from APAC.
Bouchey presented the Landfill check for cash and receipts in the amount of $7,578.70. Ruder made a motion to sign the check for deposit. Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.
Bouchey gave the Board an update about the safety meeting held the previous week. An electrical demonstration and resources received from the insurance company were given, and the employees thought highly of the information. Rich thanked Greg Balthazor for attending.
Work information and equipment maintenance was discussed.
Bouchey and the Commissioners will be opening bids next week for the Bridge Project located at 8/G Roads
The October fee reports for both the Landfill and the Road & Bridge Department were approved.
Bouchey has sent in an application to get the bridge fixed on J/10 Roads.

Gary Knight, Rooks County Sheriff; and Jacob Strecker, with INAalert, were present to discuss updating the camera surveillance system server at the jail. Strecker explained how the ARPA funding would be approved to use for the updates. The current system is a Windows7-based system and is out-of-date. After some discussion, Ruder made a motion to go forward with INAalert with the quote of $170,841.10 for the camera surveillance system, server, intercom system and access control. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. The Clerk was instructed to ask the ARPA funding counselors about using the ARPA funding for this project. Also ask about using ARPA Fund for Red Bud.

Balthazor gave an update of the Economic Development meeting he had attended the previous afternoon. The Entrepreneurship Challenge is being set up at the school. The Vision Leadership classes are finished with nine (9) enrolled. The vehicle used for the Economic Development Director may have some transmission problems. The vehicle at the airport needs brakes.
Balthazor also reported getting a call from residents looking for a ‘farm and/or home-type’ business to come into Stockton.

Ruder made a motion to review, approve and sign the weekly vouchers as follows. Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.
November 10, 2021
County General 76732 3,150.00
November 16, 2021
County General 76733-73753 10,055.30
Rooks County Golf Course 76754-76756 940.32
Economic Develop Expandable Trust 76757-76758 136.00
GRAND TOTAL 11,131.62

April Brown, Register of Deeds, reported she had hired Trisha Kriley who will be starting on November 25th. Brown also asked if there is anything that can be done with the windows that are leaking on the west side of the Courthouse in her office. The Commissioner told her to have Zach Brown, Custodian, look to see if there is any way he can help fix the problem.

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

Adopted this 23rd day of November, 2021


John Ruder, Chairman

Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk
Greg Balthazor, Member

Tim Berland, Member