September 13


September 13, 2022

The Rooks County Board of Commissioners met with the following present:  Chairman, John Ruder, and Members, Greg Balthazor and Tim Berland. Laura Montgomery, County Clerk, was present to write the minutes.  Virgie Laska was present to write a report for the Stockton Sentinel. Ruder called the meeting to order and asked all to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The agenda was accepted as presented.

Mike Klein was in to ask if the commissioners are going to do the fall program for musk thistle. Nutrient Ag out of Spearfish, South Dakota was the lowest bid for the chemical. Ruder made a motion to allow the Weed Department to do the annual fall program for musk thistle. Berland second the motion and Balthazor agreed.  Ruder asked if Hilgers was going be doing arial spraying this year. Klein thought he might but was still trying to get a place at the airport.  Also discussed was weed spraying out in the county. 

Heather Poore, County Appraiser, told the commissioner that PVD has extended the matrix on commercial property. She explained what this means for Rooks County. This is based on commercial property sales and there isn’t much sales in Rooks County. There are five counties that are proposing to go together to hire someone to help normalize the commercial sales. The five counties are Rooks, Osborne, Smith County, Jewell, and Russell. Adding the sales together will help with the new matrix. It will cost Rooks County $1500 for someone to normalize the data. Ruder asked if Poore felt like she missed something. She feels like she is on the low end of appraisals and there are somethings that can be done to make it better. The $1500 is a one-time fee to the county.  Other counties are willing to share their information and Poore tried to do the new calculations last year but it didn’t work out well. Berland agreed that more information would help to make the appraisals more accurate. Ruder made a motion to allow the agreement for the five counties to normalize commercial sales and the cost of $1,500.00. Berland second the motion and Balthazor agreed.

Ruder requested an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel from 9:25 to 9:40 with the three commissioners, Ruder, Berland, Balthazor and the Appraiser, Poore. At the end of the time, Ruder asked for an additional 5 minutes. No further discussion upon return to regular session.

Bouchey weekly report: Bouchey presented the landfill check in the amount $27,144.20. Ruder made a motion to sign the landfill check to the Treasurer in the amount of $27,1444.20. Berland second the motion and Balthazor agreed. Balthazor accepted the fee reports for Sanitation and Road & Bridge. On Wednesday & Thursday Bouchey learned how to use the GPS unit. There is no subscription for the program.

Bouchey is still working on finding a frontend loader.  Bouchey and the commissioners discussed equipment and parts for repairs that are hard to find.

The bridge inspection report from Penco was good. There are some weight limit signs that need to replaced.

Balthazor told Bouchey he had received calls about the roads from Hahn’s to Webster Lake as being bad shape and too much sand as well as the road going to the state lake. Bouchey said they have been putting down sand but because it is so dry, the sand isn’t staying on the roads. The road crew is sanding 21 Road north and south of K-18. They will finish sanding this week.

Bouchey talk to Klein at the Weed Department about keeping the weeds out of the area at the golf course so the road crew can get water out of it and to spray for trees in areas.

The red water truck was out one day, but the belts for the pump came off. New belts on order they should have them today.

Balthazor requested an executive session for non-elected personnel. Ruder made a motion to go into executive session from 10:10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. to include the three commissioners, Ruder, Balthazor and Berland and Road Supervisor, Bouchey. Berland second the motion and Balthazor agreed. Ruder came out and asked to extended the executive session for five more minutes. Upon return to open session there was no further discussion.

Commissioners discussed inflation and taxes. The County didn’t raise the mill levy very much for next year because there was a large increase in valuation. Most of the increase revenue from taxes will be used to cover the cost of inflation and COL for the county employees.

Bouchey said his truck will be repaired Oct 17th. Bouchey will go by himself to NW KS Hwy meeting tomorrow as Berland will be unable to attend. There is a meeting in Mulvane September 20th to the 22nd. He is hoping someone from the landfill will go to represent the county. 

The commissioners discussed road concerns.

The commissioners reviewed September 2nd minutes.

The commissioners reviewed the bill received from EMC Insurance for WC insurance that had increased by almost $20,000 from 2 years ago. Montgomery will call and ask about the large increase.

Received in the mail a thank you card from Options.

The commissioners review the RCED minutes.

Balthazor visited with Mike Klein at the Weed department and Klein is looking at purchasing a new PU sometime in the future.

Ruder made a motion to review and sign the weekly vouchers as follows:  Balthazor second the motion and Berland agreed.

FUND                                    WARRANTS                                        TOTAL

General                                78784 – 78809 &78847                  22,949.04

Road & Bridge                   78810 – 78819                                   6,734.77

Noxious Weed                  78820 – 78824                                   935.48  

Health Dept.                      78825 – 78839                                   17,764.02

Sanitation                            78840 – 78841                                    233.75

Golf Course                        78842 – 78844                                   99.95

RCED                                     78845 – 78846                                   150.90

Grand Total                                                                                        48,867.91

The commissioners discussed non-elected personnel and wages the county is paying. 

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

Adopted this 20th day of September, 2022




John Ruder, Chairman                                                                                                                                                                                


Greg Balthazor, Member


Tim Berland, Member



Laura Montgomery, Certified County Clerk