October 19


October 19, 2021

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following Commissioners present:  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 stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

Laurie Montgomery, Deputy County Clerk, asked the Commissioners about whether the Board had any questions about getting the new wage and salary policy approved.  The Commissioners asked a few questions and Laurie requested getting the work policy updated with the wage and salary policy.  Later in the meeting, the Commissioners discussed the policy, and Ruder made a motion to approve the wage and salary policy and move forward to incorporate the policy into the County’s personnel policy.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Rural resident, Barbara Brumbaugh was present to discuss the Logan Road (3 Road).  This road is a main bus route with a lot of semi-truck traffic as well.  Brumbaugh asked when the last time 3 Road was graded.  She thinks the grader operators could be trained better.

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of October 12th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of October 12th with some additional wording.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed.  After the minutes were printed, Balthazor made a motion to sign the corrected minutes.  Berland seconded this motion, and Ruder agreed.

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, presented the fuel bids dated 10/19/2021.  Bosselman’s received the low bid of $16,078.50.

                Midland Marketing                         Diesel                    3.2466                   $16,233.00

                Farmers Union                               Diesel                    3.2470                   $16,235.00

                Bosselman’s                                  Diesel                    3.2157                   $16,078.50

Bouchey also presented the September fee reports for both the Road & Bridge Department and the Sanitation Department. Both sets of fee reports were approved.       

Bouchey presented the Landfill check in the amount of $11,532.70 for cash and receipts.  Ruder made a motion to sign the landfill check for deposit.  Balthazor seconded the motion, and Berland agreed. 

The Commissioners discussed 3 Road with Bouchey.  The main concern was the dust and needing water. 

Bouchey mentioned he had finished the Plainville Lake Road.  He had planned to do some patching with the oil distributor, but it needed to be taken to Topeka for repairs. 

Other road concerns were also discussed. Balthazor relayed some concerns.  The County only has one water truck in use at this time.  Berland asked if the sections were too large for one section-man to care for.  Bouchey said the sections have been the same for years and years, and the men have been able to handle their areas. 

Bouchey mentioned he has a safety meeting planned for November 10th

Jacob Strecker and Jamie Cunningham, with INAalert from Ellinwood, KS, presented the Board with information of their company that uses technology products and services including surveillance camera systems and access control (smart door controls).  Funding is available through government programs to update systems using INAalert.  Strecker will send out a new proposal for security upgrades to the courthouse.  The company does all warranty work, there are no monthly or annual fees.  Commissioners asked if they do jail projects? INAalert said they do.

Butch Post, Emergency Management presented his EMPG grant for signature.  Ruder made a motion to sign the Emergency Management Performance Grant.  Berland seconded the motion, and Balthazor agreed. 

Post asked if the Board would care if he drove his personal vehicle to Overland Park to present a KEMA award.  He did not want to try to park and drive the County’s pickup in city traffic.  This was approved. 

Post had presented an award the previous day.  The small ceremony went well.  He plans to attend a meeting with KDEM and KEMA in Topeka on Friday. 

In weekly reports, Berland said he had spent some time talking with the farmers.  Most of them are just looking for a water truck for the roads. 

Balthazor had visited with the farmers, as well.  The roads are quite rough and dirty.  Balthazor has an Economic Development meeting at 3:00 pm on Thursday.  Balthazor will be unable to attend the Commissioner’s regular meeting on October 26th due to a scheduled appointment. 

Ruder had listened to a road concern from a disgruntled resident.  He was very concerned about the Logan Road, as well. 

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

                October 19, 2021

County General                                 76502-76529                       $10,121.78

Road & Bridge                                   76530-76542                       $19,558.07

Noxious Weed                                  76543-76544                       $337.97

Health Department                           76545-76549                       $1,073.24

Sanitation                                          76550-76552                       $1,073.24

Rooks County Golf Course              76553-76554                          $449.75

                GRAND TOTAL                                                             $31,907.71

The Commissioners discussed having Zach Brown, Custodian, work, as needed, at other county-owned buildings.  The Board had questions about how to pay for the extra time, if it was extra time, and/or contract labor; or keeping hours separate.  This will be discussed with Brown. 

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

Adopted this 26th day of October, 2021




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                        


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk