October 12


OCTOBER 12, 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 called the meeting to order, and asked all to rise and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes from October 5th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of October 5th with a minor adjustment.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Berland made a motion to sign the corrected minutes of October 5th.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

In weekly reports, Berland reported a quiet week.  The county roads are getting torn up from the heavy traffic.  A lot of mowing is getting done in Berland’s area.  Berland had talked to Tim Bouchey, with Midland Marketing.  Bouchey thanked the county for getting the culvert fixed at the elevator site.  Bouchey also mentioned he would be interested in helping, on his own time, with any spraying needing done in the county ditches, offering his part time help in the summer time.  The Commissioners will discuss this further with the Noxious Weed Director. 

Balthazor had talked with an oil pumper from Hill City who would like Q Road going west between 14/16 Roads rocked.  A couple of new oil wells have been drilled through there, and the dirt road needs some attention.   

Balthazor had also heard road concerns about the State Lake Road having too high of a crown, and 2 Road having huge pot holes. 

Rich Bouchey, Road and Bridge Supervisor, was present.  The Commissioners discussed the oil distributor and whether it would be better to rent one for three weeks out of the year.  The cost to rent an oil distributor is $13,000 for one week.  Bouchey mentioned the oil distributor is back from getting repaired and there were no charges for the repairs as the mechanics had made an error the previous time it had been in for repairs.  Bouchey plans to work on the Plainville Lake Road for the township and then will do the patching on the blacktop.

Bouchey had received a replacement title for the 1958 tilt-trailer.  The second trailer that needs a new title is taking more time as it needed publications to get it done.    

Bouchey had received information from an environmental group wanting to update the County’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan.  Bouchey spoke with Penco Engineering to see if they would want the business.  Penco Engineering thought this other company would be more specific to what needs done, and Penco Engineering would not be able to do the job for the amount of money the company was asking.  MTCS (Midwest Training and Consulting Service gave a quote of $2,100 to update the plan.  It has not been updated for twenty-one (21) years, and Bouchey would like it to be more current.  Berland made a motion to approve having the MTCS Environmental Consultants do the work.  Ruder seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Bouchey reported he had three mowers currently getting worked on in the shop. 

Bouchey discussed some road concerns:  the airport road needs shaped up, and Balthazor relayed the concerns he had received. 

The final audit (bound books) was received from Mapes & Miller. 

An invoice was received from Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd, LLC for the initial retainer for consultation services related to the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in the amount of $4,778.00.  Ruder made a motion to pay the invoice with the ARPA Funding.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

Julie Cole, EMT Director, and Courtney Hrabe, Stockton City Manager, were present to discuss the EMT staffing issue.  The mentioned they are still requesting $15,000 a month for appropriations which would help them to hire two full-time EMT’s and also help to pay the volunteers a little more.  Two full-time EMT’s would be staffed in Plainville.  Currently, there are three new EMT’s in Plainville, but with their jobs, it is still difficult to keep the schedule filled.  The Rooks County Board of Commissioners are committed to the Rooks County EMT’s, and are cautious about putting money into the situation., but are willing to do what needs to be done. 

Butch Post, Emergency Management, gave the Commissioners an update on KEMA.  As KEMA President, Post will be giving award presentations.  In the year 2020, Post had nominated Mike Moritz, with the National Weather Center in Hastings, NE, for an outstanding service award.  Post invited the Board to attend the small, informal ceremony on Monday, October 18th at 11:00 am to be held at the EO Center at the jail. 

Post reported on his first meeting as President, and the discussion between KEMA and KDEM.  Some want to hire a lobbyist for legislation, but will not be able to because there are several that are federally funded. 

Roger Hrabe, Economic Development Director, informed the Commissioners that he has re-applied once again for a grant to help with the outside maintenance of the Courthouse.  Ruder made a motion to sign an Assurance letter with Heritage Trust Fund grant from the Kansas Historical Society.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

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

                October 12, 2021

County General                                 76413-76439                       21,483.70

Road & Bridge                                   76440-76444                       3,599.79

Noxious Weed                                  76445-76448                       919.17

Health Department                         76449-76464                       9,639.94

Sanitation                                            76465-76467                      226.44

Rooks County Golf Course            76468-76472                           910.50

Economic Develop Expand TR     76473-76474                            160.00

                GRAND TOTAL                                                           36,939.84

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

Adopted this 19th day of October, 2021




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                          


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk