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Sandi Tivis Auditor

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FAX: (701) 523-4899

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Bowman, ND 58623

Bowman County Commission

Bowman County Commissioners are elected at large on a non-partisan basis for staggered four-year terms. The County Commission is the governing body of the County responsible for overseeing County activities and working to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and County operations run smoothly.

The State constitution gives the Board of County Commissioners the power to adopt zoning ordinances (local laws), levy taxes, appropriations, authorize bonds, set salaries, approve bills, accept bids, approve the County budget and establish the requirements/policies for the Departments under its control.

The Board governs all unorganized townships of the County directly.

 


 

County Commission Minutes

April 07, 2015
9:00 AM

                                   OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF

             THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

            BOWMAN COUNTY, BOWMAN, NORTH DAKOTA

 

        

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on April 7, 2015, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, and Ken Steiner.   Bill Bowman was absent.  Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. 

Chairman Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda.  Steiner stated that he received a call from Pat Getz inquiring if the county could encourage Verizon representatives to research options for a placement of a cell phone tower in the Rhame area.  The topic will be discussed with the Bowman County Emergency Manager, Dean Pearson.  Due to scheduling conflicts with our State’s Attorney, agenda items scheduled for 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM have been switched.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

            The following vouchers were approved by a motion made by Brackel, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.  

4974-5023

March Payroll

$149,467.04

22350-22366

Social Welfare

$8,280.97

22367

Accusource Inc.

$9.00

22368

Bowman Auto Parts

$8.49

22369

Bowman County Airport Authority

$275,000.00

22370

Bowman County Development Corp.

$180.00

22371

Bowman County Treasurer

$48.63

22372

Brosz Engineering

$73,435.00

22373

Bowman Sales & Service

$31,864.00

22373

Bowman Sales & Service

$12.91

22374

Cashway Building Center

$43.39

22375

Cerberus Security

$202.54

22376

Comfort Inn

$296.00

22377

City of Bowman

$151.50

22377

City of Bowman

$1,448.90

22378

Country Media

$1,170.94

22379

Consolidated

$140.00

22380

Dacotah Paper

$148.17

22381

Double EE

$108.81

22382

DTE, Inc.

$11,465.80

22383

Fox Hills Fencing

$1,995.00

22384

Frontier Travel

$134.51

22385

Farmers Union

$2,600.72

22386

Karla Germann

$36.01

22387

Haley Township

$425.00

22388

John Deere Financial

$273.21

22389

Johnson Trucking

$4,292.34

22390

KPOK

$20.00

22391

Lawson Products

$1,415.22

22392

Mail Finance

$1,058.19

22393

MCI

$99.64

22394

MDU

$2,791.53

22395

Metro Count

$95.00

22396

ND Association of Counties

$110.00

22397

NDAAO

$250.00

22398

NDACO Resources Group

$3,000.00

22399

NDEMA

$50.00

22400

ND Recorders Association

$100.00

22401

ND Sheriff's & Deputies

$50.00

22402

ND State Radio Communications

$120.00

22403

NDSU Extension Service

$240.00

22404

ND County Treasure's Association

$200.00

22405

Newby's Ace Hardware

$201.25

22406

Northern Improvement

$1,085.50

22407

NW Tire

$52.99

22408

Peters Trucking

$4,626.96

22409

Pharmchem, Inc.

$243.20

22410

Prairie Engineering

$1,628.92

22411

RDO

$1,072.48

22412

Respond Systems

$226.80

22413

Patty Sadowsky

$403.80

22414

SBM

$1,063.24

22415

Jim Stebbins Trucking

$4,008.94

22416

St. Joseph's Hospital

$151.00

22417

SW Auto

$13.21

22418

SWMCCC

$4,285.00

22419

Taser International

$286.46

22420

Total Control, Inc.

$7,000.00

 

Brackel made a motion to approve the minutes from March 17, 2015, with Steiner seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. 

At 10:00 AM Chairman Braaten recessed the county commission meeting for the annual meeting of the Bowman County Rural Ambulance Board.

 Pam Hestekin, Chair of the Bowman County Rural Ambulance Board, called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM., with the following board members present: Becky Hansen, Pam Hestekin, Sherri Teigen and Darrell West.  Absent: Ken Silha.    Also present: Dick Frederick, Bowman County Deputy Sheriff Slope County Emergency Manager and Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager/Bowman/Slope 9-1-1 Coordinator, Karla Germann.  Hestekin provided an update to the new ambulance facility.   The board will present the proposed 2016 Budget late summer/early fall.    Hestekin contacted a representative from the Marmarth Ambulance District notifying them that a board position is available and was told that no one is available to fill the position.  On behalf of the board, Hestekin recommended to the Bowman County Commissioners the following members to be reappointed:  1 year terms, Sherri Teigen and Darrell West; 2 year terms, Becky Hansen, Pam Hestekin and Ken Silha.   With no further business to conduct, Hestekin adjourned the meeting at 10:25 AM. 

            At 10:25 AM Bowman County Chairman Braaten reconvened the Bowman County Commission meeting.  Steiner made a motion to approve the board members, as presented by the Bowman County Rural Ambulance District. Brackel seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Nathan Miller, Bowman County Highway Road Foreman joined the meeting.   

Star Township members David Anderson, Jay Soreide, and Ernie Schober met to discuss a proposed township road project, at a cost estimate of $100,000, and inquired if the county could assist financially.  The commission explained that the Oil and Gas Township Infrastructure funds are no longer being sent to the county for township grants. Effective July 2013, the funds are allocated to the townships, as per state formula, for their infrastructure needs.   The county will consider providing gravel for one half mile of the dump ground road, as county residents utilize the road frequently.

  The township will compile figures for the road project and present to the commission, in the event they incur a shortage, as the county would consider a loan to the township so they may complete the project within the same year. 

Neil Freitag met to discuss the approach permit that was presented on February 17, 2015, as the application was denied due to a lack of a motion to approve or disapprove.   Miller stated that each approach added to the county roads is a safety issue.  Steiner made a motion to approve the permit due to the water problems that occurs in the area, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

  Steve Dorval, President, CEO of Heartland Engineering, met to follow up from the last meeting he attended, to outline the services offered by his firm.  

Brackel made a motion to approve the revised cell phone policy, with Steiner seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Brackel made a motion approving the revision to employee policy manual, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Steiner made a motion to approve the Bowman County Job Development contract, with Brackel seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  The contract will be forwarded to the Bowman County Economic Development Corporation for execution.

At 1:15 the bid opening was held for the 96th Street SW (Njos Road) road project.  The following bids were received:   

                                Foothills Contracting

$430.240.00

 

 

 

 

 

                 Martin Construction

$488,390.00

 

 

 

 

 

                                Wilson Construction

$436,346.53

 

 

 

 

 

                                  Edward H. Schwartz Construction

$425,782.29

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                     

A.J. Delzer, Landscape Engineer, and Bob Youness, PE Account Executive, from Ulteig Engineering, and Duane Steckler, Maintenance Supervisor, met to discuss Phase II – South Lawn Landscape improvements.   Ulteig will prepare the bid documents and plan to bid late summer.

Abrahamson made a motion to accept the low bid of $425,782.29, presented by, Edward H. Schwartz Construction, for the 96th Street SW Road project, with Steiner seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Bowman County Emergency Manager, Dean Pearson and Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager Bowman/Slope 911 Coordinator, Karla Germann met to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding received from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) defining the services provided by the NDDES for 911services.   The commissioners requested further clarification and suggest a few changes prior to executing the agreement.   Germann will contact NDDES to discuss the potential changes.  Discussion was held on the Public Information Officer (PIO).  Bowman County State’s Attorney, Steph Pretzer, and Dan Peterson will be asked to attend the required PIO classes. 

Pearson requested approval for Bowman County to partner with Adams and Harding County to install a repeater system, in an effort to eliminate dead spots, in the combined county’s communication systems.  Projected costs are $10,200, which does not include any electrical costs. Adams and Harding County have each contributed $5,000.00 towards the costs.  Bowman County Emergency personnel will assist with the installation and provide a used backup generator.  Licensing and operational expenses will be paid by Harding County, since the tower will be located in Harding County.  The commissioners advised Pearson to continue to pursue.  Steiner inquired if an option would be available for Verizon to utilize the county’s tower, located in Rhame, to provide cell phone coverage.  Pearson stated that the county must retain the upper portion of the tower to provide the best coverage for the county.  

Steiner made the motion to authorize the county to chip seal the Jesco Apartment parking lot, which is owned by the Bowman County Housing Authority, and authorize Bowman County Commission Chairman, Rick Braaten, to execute the bid contracts, when submitted by Roosevelt Regional Council.  Brackel seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

            Bowman County Extension Agents, Andrea Bowman and Amy Lick, provided a quarterly update of their activities. 

            Brackel made the motion to complete the Proxy Form and nominate Cindy Schwehr, via proxy, to the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Board of Directors, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.    

Bowman County State’s Attorney, Steph Pretzer, joined the meeting at 3:30 PM.

Bowman/Slope Community Foundation Board members, Ron Palczewski and Teran Doerr, met to discuss the recent opinion presented by Bowman County State’s Attorney, Steph Pretzer, stating that the county would need to refrain from donating funds to the foundation, as per North Dakota State statue. Pretzer stated if the foundation requests further research she asked if they could provide a list of cities or counties that have contributed to a similar foundation and she would investigate further.   

Brackel made a motion to appoint Teran Doerr, as the Bowman County representative to the Vision West ND Consortium.  Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.   Motion carried.

Doerr outlined the quote received from, Mendoza’s Plumbing, for $22,000 to update the economic development office bathroom.  Brackel made a motion to donate $8,000 from General Aid for Taxing District funds, with Steiner seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Bowman County Sheriff, Rory Teigen, and Deputy Sheriff, Jordan Fisher, met to discuss overweight vehicles. Discussion will continue at the next meeting.

            With no further business to discuss, Steiner made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:45PM, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.

                       

                                                            Rick Braaten (s) Chairman,

Board of County Commissioners

 

 

ATTEST:   Sandra K. Tivis, (s) Bowman County Auditor

 

County Commission Agenda

April 21, 2015
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten

           

  1. Consideration for Approval:

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. April 7, 2015  Minutes
  4. March Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. Agreement for the Sale of Gravel – Mark & Stephanie Kelner

T132N; R100 W Sec 8 NE1/4 & Sec 5-A

  1. Agreement with Adams County for the Provision of Gravel
  2. 2015 Surplus Items for Auction Sale

 

  1. Unfinished Business

 

  1.  

 

 

  1. New Business

 

  1. Resignation of Jerry Palczewski – Bowman County Water Board
  2. Public Service Commission Correspondence – Revision # 7 Surface Coal Mining Permit

 

                   Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

10:00                        Becky Hansen, Southwest Healthcare Services Executive Director

11:00                        Channel Walby, City of Bowman Park & Rec Director

11:30                        Rick Seifert, SW Water Authority Board Member

 

LUNCH

 

1:15 PM       137th Ave SW (Buffalo Springs Road) Bid Opening

3:00              Representatives from Brosz Engineering

                    

          

    Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

 

  1. Public Notices 

 

The County Commission has been invited to attend the following events and/or meetings:  

 

       

VI.    Important Meeting Dates

 

  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – May 5,  2015  9:00 AM

                                                        

         VII.    Adjourn

 

County Commission Meeting

The Bowman County Commissioners meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting at 9:00 AM. Meetings may be rescheduled from time to time if necessary; see the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

To be placed on the agenda with the Commissioners, please contact Bowman County Auditor,

Sandi Tivis, at 701-523-3130

 

Rick Braaten

Commissioner
(701) 279-5530
email

Rick was elected as a Bowman County Commissioner in November 2008 and re-elected in 2012.  He is a 1975 graduate of Bowman High School and graduated from NDSU in 1979 with a BS degree in Agricultural Economics. Rick is married to Laurie Fish and has four sons.  Rick engages in farm and ranch work.
 
Other Offices Held:
  • 1994 – 2002 Board Member Farmers Union Oil of Rhame
  • 2003 to present FSA County Committee 
  • 2004 to present Volunteer Bowman County Boys Basketball Coach

Kenneth Steiner

Commissioner
(701) 275-8789
email

Ken was elected in 2002 and then re-elected in 2006 and 2010 to the Bowman County Commission.   Ken is married and has four children.  He has lived in Bowman County his entire life.  Ken engages in farming and ranching. His hobbies include camping and golfing.
 
Other Offices Held:
  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Board Member 
  • Bowman County Park Board

Bill Bowman

Commissioner
(701) 523-3188
email

Bill is serving as a Bowman County Commissioner as well as a State Senator from District 39.  Bill has served in the senate since 1991.  He is an auctioneer and engages in general farm and ranch work.  He holds a BS degree in business education from Dickinson State University and was also in the army.  Bill has three children.
 
 Other Offices Held:
  • Past President Pro Tempore
  • Past Chairman Agriculture Committee 
  • Current Vice Chair of State of ND Appropriations 
  • Advocate for Oil Producing County Issues
  • Advocate to Promote Quality of Life for all Rural ND   

Pine Abrahamson

Commissioner
701-523-3169
email

Pine was first elected as a Bowman County Commissioner in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012.  He owns a trucking, custom spraying, and seeding business and is one of Bowman County’s finest entrepreneurs – he has the great ideas and the determination to make it happen! 

 

Other Offices Held:
Bowman/Slope Multi County Social Service District
Bowman County Information Technology Committee
All Seasons Arena
Bowman County Extension Advisory Council

Lynn Brackel

Commissioner
(701) 523-3749
email

Lynn was elected to County Commission in 2008 and re-elected in 2010. He graduated from Dickinson State University in 1966 with a music degree and taught band and chorus for 12 years. 
 
Lynn owned a plumbing business and has served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota area for over 30 years. Lynn still enjoys music and has been director of Church Choir for 30 years; Bowman County Community Band for 20 years; and Saxy Brass for 13 years.  Lynn is married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
 
Other Offices Held:
  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council for Development Board 
  • Member of Bowman Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Bowman Rotary Club
  • Bowman County Economic Development Corporation