October 5


October 5, 2021

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met in regular session.  Commissioners present were Chairman John Ruder, and Member Tim Berland.  Greg Balthazor was absent with reason.  Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Ruder called the meeting to order, and asked all to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  The agenda was approved. 

The Commissioners reviewed the minutes of September 28th and 30th.  Ruder made a motion to approve the minutes of September 28th and September 30th as presented.  Berland seconded the motion.  After the minutes were printed, Berland made a motion to sign the minutes of September 28th and September 30th.  Ruder seconded this motion. 

In weekly reports, Berland had drove some county roads south of Zurich.  The dust had settled somewhat since they had received a rain in that area.  Ruder reported the new administrator for Red Bud Village had started his duties as of October 4th.  He had received some news from residents that appreciated the blades being out after the rain.  Ruder had also heard from a taxpayer that reported Rooks County is doing a good job mowing and maintaining the blacktop north of Woodston. 

Rich Bouchey, Road & Bridge Supervisor, reported the oil distributor is still in Topeka for repairs.  He has mowers in the shop – trying to keep them going, and the department is dealing with grader repairs as well.  Some equipment operators had worked on Friday after the rain.  Some employees are off right now for fall harvest and drilling wheat. 

Bouchey was happy with the results of the Purple Wave Auction.  He did have some issues with the titles on a couple of trailers.  He has started the process for quiet titles for these trailers.  Every piece of equipment was sold, and people have until October 12th to pick up their purchases. 

The crew is rocking on V Road between 29/30 Roads.  They should be finished up by the following day.  Berland asked about AA Road, as he had been approached again.  Bouchey said they would get something done before winter. 

A bridge south of Codell in Ellis County on the river road has been closed.  The detour to Rooks County will need to be worked on (the Codell Road) for the oil trucks.  The oil trucks will need to go six miles around the bridge. 

Bouchey had received a letter from APAC stating the price of chat has gone up $35.00 per ton.  The next round of bridge programs is coming around.  Bouchey has discussed a bridge on J Road with Jordan Dettmer, from Penco Engineering, that he would like to get done.  The program is an 80/20 split for approximately a $250,000 cost.  Bouchey will get this bridge submitted.  Another bridge that needs attention is a bridge by the Wagner farm (on the original Highway 24) that is on the historical registry.  If this can be approved to be closed, there would be more money available for the bridge on J Road.

The Commissioners discussed the possibility of spraying the ditch weeds versus mowing.  The Commissioners will discuss this with the Noxious Weed Director as well.    

The Commissioners discussed the funds that will be received from the Purple Wave Auction.  Bouchey reported it would be about $96,000 less the auction fees.  Bouchey is hoping to be able to purchase some equipment. 

Heather Poore, Rooks County Appraiser, presented an application for the disaster relief program resulting from the Codell flooding.  Ruder made a motion to abate the taxes for Nila Denton from the flood damages received.  Berland seconded the motion. 

Poore also requested closing her office at noon for one hour.  She planned to take her employees to lunch to show them her appreciation for the work done recently.  This was approved. 

The Commissioners asked if Poore had been able to get the recalls done on the County’s pickup.  She will check to make sure these have all been done. 

Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer, presented her treasurer’s bond in the amount of $100,000 for signature.  Ruder made a motion to sign the treasurer’s bond.  Berland seconded the motion. 

Northup also presented small fund vouchers for the Commissioner’s signature.  Ruder made a motion to review and sign the small fund vouchers.  Berland seconded the motion. 

Northup requested an executive session for the purpose of financial matters.  Ruder made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of financial matters for fifteen minutes between 10:20 am and 10:35 am.  Berland seconded the motion.  Those present for the executive session were the Commissioners:  John Ruder and Tim Berland; Kim Northup, Rooks County Treasurer; and Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk.  When returning to regular session, there was no further discussion. 

Virgi Laska, with the Stockton Sentinel, gave the Commissioners an update of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce’s Pumpkin Patch held over the weekend.  Laska reported more than seven hundred (700) people were in attendance. 

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

Adopted this 12th day of October, 2021



______________________________________              ATTEST:

John Ruder, Chairman                         


                                                                                    Ruthmary Muir, Rooks County Clerk


Greg Balthazor, Member




Tim Berland, Member