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Sandi Tivis Auditor

PHONE: (701) 523-3130
FAX: (701) 523-4899

104 1st St NW, Suite 1
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

March 03, 2015
9:00 AM

                                   OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF




            The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on March 3, 2015, with the following commissioners present:   Bill Bowman, Rick Braaten and Ken Steiner.  Pine Abrahamson was absent and Brackel will be arriving late. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:03 AM.  

Chairman Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Braaten stated that Brackel will provide an update on the HC/AC construction project.  Steiner made a motion to approve, with Bowman seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

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


February Payroll



Social Welfare



Addco Office Systems



Advanced Business Methods



Badlands Environmental Consultants



Baker Furniture



Bowman County Treasurer



Andrea Bowman



Brosz Engineering



Bowman Sales & Service



City Of Rhame



Comfort Suites






Dacotah Paper



Dakota Western Insurance






Jodi Freier



Gion Law Office






Linstad's Alignment & Brake Service






Anita McLaughlin






Melbye Law Office



ND Association of Counties



Newby's Ace Hardware



Offroad Software



Dean Pearson



Prairie Engineering






Randy Seifert






Tiger Electric



Vanguard Appraisals, Inc





Steiner made a motion to approve the Utility Permit, submitted by Denbury Onshore LLC, for boring from the Erickson CTB to Buchholz SWD Water Transfer Pipeline, with Bowman seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Steiner made a motion to approve the quote for window replacement, provided by Cashway Building Center, for $8,623.00, of which $1,552 is the additional cost for tinted windows.  Bowman seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Commissioner Brackel joined the meeting at 9:40 AM.

Brackel made a motion to approve the minutes from February 17, 2015 and February 20, 2015. Chairman Braaten vacated the chairman position and seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.  Also noted that an error occurred on the minutes from February 3, 2015, as the minutes stated that Brackel made the motion and also seconded the motion.  The minutes should have reflected that Abrahamson seconded the motion; the following is the portion of the February 3, 2015 minutes.  Brackel made a motion to transfer $400,000, which is the remaining year-end balance, from the Oil and Gas Gross Production Tax Infrastructure fund into the Road and Bridge fund, as per state allocation requirements. Brackel seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Brackel made a motion to approve the Revised Employee Policy manual, with Steiner seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Bowman and Slope Community Foundation Advisory Committee members, Teran Doerr, Les Snavely, Ron Palczewski, and Scott Hardy met to provide information on the newly formed 501 (c) (3) foundation, which is a permanent and flexible endowment fund established to support charitable programs in the Bowman/Slope communities. 

Bowman County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Teran Doerr,  board members, Kevin Bucholz, Duane Bowman, Julie Lockert, and Scott Hardy, City of Bowman representatives, Mayor Lyn James, Commissioner Darrell West, and Zoning Director Cheryl Ryan, guests Cal Klewin, Jon Brosz and Gilmore Planning partners, Jack Gilmore and Ross Graves.  Discussion was held on the services that Gilmore Planning can provide for comprehensive strategic planning, land planning and general consulting for the proposed Bowman Industrial Park, for converting the old airport property.  Bowman made a motion authorizing Teran Doerr, Bowman County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, the authority to execute the contract with Gilmore Planning.   Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken, with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Southwest Healthcare Services Executive Director, Becky Hansen, met to discuss the possibility of securing an air ambulance service to the community.    

            Brackel made a motion to approve paying a rate of $28.00 per grass acre, per year, and $50.00 per crop acre, per year, as a temporary easement.  Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.   Motion carried. 

At 1:15 Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland, Office Assistant Bonnie Stinchfield, Bowman County Road Foreman, Nathan Miller, and Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering, met with landowners that will be involved with the potential Buffalo Springs Road Project. Brennan outlined the project.  Concerns from the landowners were brought forward and will be taken under consideration.

Discussion was held on the results of the Asbestos Assessment Report, conducted by Badlands Environmental Consultants, Inc.  A telephone conference call was held with Steve Butterfield, of Prairie Engineering.  Butterfield will review the report and contact the owner of Cofell Plumbing and Heating to discuss the results. 

With no further business to discuss Brackel made a motion at 4:50 PM to adjourn the meeting, with Steiner seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion as carried unanimously.                                                                                                              


                                                                        Rick Braaten (s) Chairman

Board of County Commissioners




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

County Commission Agenda

March 17, 2015
9:00 AM


  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten


  1. Consideration for Approval:


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. March 3, 2015  Minutes
  4. February Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. Renewal of Bowman County Job Development Contract


  1. Unfinished Business


  1. Asbestos Assessment
  2. Ulteig Proposal for Update to Courthouse Grounds
  3. Renewal of Resolution for Weather Modification 
  4. FEMA Start of Appeal Process- Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations 
  5. Bowman County Employee Cell Phone Policy 
  6. Community Foundation Donation Request



  1. New Business




                   Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00                        Dakota Western Bank Representatives

10:30                        Bowman County Zoning Administer, Rory Teigen

11:30                        Bowman County Ambulance Board




1:15 PM       Bowman County Tax Director, Dean Pearson

1:45              Bowman County Emergency Management Representatives

2:00              Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland

3:00              Bowman County Sheriff, Rory Teigen            


    Elected Officials Office Updates & Other


  1. Public Notices 


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


March 30, 2015 –5:30 PM - SW Counties Meeting – Lady J’s Catering, 20 Broadway E, Dickinson,      


VI.    Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – April 7,  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

(701) 279-5530

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

(701) 275-8789

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

(701) 523-3188

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


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

(701) 523-3749

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