November 2


NOVEMBER 2, 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.

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of both October 26th and October 29th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of October 26th with a small addition and October 29th as presented.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of October 26th and the minutes of October 29th.  Berland seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed. 

The Commissioners discussed updating Custodian Zach Brown’s job description and compensation for helping to maintain the other County buildings besides the Courthouse.  BOC decided to bring Brown in to discuss wage options.

In weekly reports, Berland reported his constituents were happy receiving a nice rain.  Berland had talked to Mrs. Brumbaugh, and she said the road had improve, after the rain, that she had been concerned about.  Berland had drove the roads south of Palco.  The Red Line Road for the two miles in Rooks County before hitting Graham County is very rough.  The road from south of Palco to the Ellis County line has some culverts that are bad as well. 

An email had been received from Dan Steffen, with NWK Planning & Development about the plan for the Christmas dinner meeting. 

Ruder reported being very busy – mainly as a board member of the Red Bud Village 501c3.  A couple of night nurses had been let go, and they had to find replacements loaned from the hospital.  A meeting was held looking for a path forward.  A nursing home management person was called to come and meet with the Board.  He has been very helpful. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reported the crew is rocking on 17 Road, and they are finished rocking on B Road.  Bouchey and employee, Dan Knoll, had attended a meeting at the Hays HHW Facility, and reported how interesting it was as to how the hazardous waste goes through the system.  The cost of staying in the HHW program with the Hays facility is worth the money as mercury (coming from things such as thermostats) is very expensive to get rid of.  Bouchey goes to Hays to obtain the trailer to bring back for the waste and then takes the trailer back in order to have the waste in the proper containers.  

Bouchey and the Commissioners continue to look at water truck listings.  Bouchey prefers to look at 2012 trucks or older to stay pre-def. 

Equipment – The mowers are getting out and back in working order.  Bouchey has a couple of graders in for broken line repairs. 

The Commissioners discussed some road concerns that they had received: 

Bouchey requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel for five minutes from 9:40 – 9:45 am.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  Those in attendance were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Greg Balthazor, and Tim Berland; and Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor.  At 9:45, Ruder made a motion to return to executive session for another five minutes until 9:50 am to discuss non-elected personnel.  Berland seconded this motion, and Balthazor agreed.  Those present for the second session were the Commissioners:  John Ruder, Greg Balthazor, and Tim Berland; and Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor.  Upon returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

Bouchey invited the Commissioners to his annual safety meeting that will be held on Wednesday, November 10th at the 4-H Building.  Bouchey will be grilling hamburgers, and would like the Board to come for dinner as well. 

The Commissioners discussed winter/summer hours for the Road & Bridge crews.  Bouchey would like to keep the current hours of four-10’s.  The Commissioners will discuss changing the hours to five-8’s around the end of November. 

A thank you was received from the Rooks County Arts Council, Inc. for the appropriation of $300.00 which helped them achieve incorporation and 501c3 status. 

The Commissioners were informed from EMC Insurance about an accident with the 2013 CAT CT660S.  It was loaded with an excavator and was too tall and hit the stop light in Stockton. 

After reading through the policies, Ruder made a motion to accept the updated Procurement Policy and Conflict of Interest Policy for Rooks County.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  The policies will be taken to the County Attorney’s office for resolutions to be made. 

A billing was received from KNRC (Kansas Natural Resource Coalition) in the amount of $5,000 for 2022 member dues.  Ruder had attended a KNRC meeting through Zoom.  He reported they discussed several areas of interest including the recent “land grab” situation.  Ruder made a motion to join KNRC for 2022 with membership dues of $5,000.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

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

Adopted this 8th day of November, 2021



John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                           


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk