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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

January 12, 2021
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 January 12, 2021, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann and Jerry Jeffers.  Chairman Brackel called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

            Braaten made a motion to appoint Mindy Schumacher as Bowman County Auditor. Buchmann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried. Bowman County Clerk of Court/Recorder, Jan Werre, administered the oath of office to Bowman County Auditor, Mindy Schumacher and Bowman County Deputy Auditor, Skylar Marsh.

Brackel asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Braaten made a motion to approve the agenda with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

The following January 12, 2021, vouchers were approved by a motion made by Abrahamson, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

33489

AccuSource

$461.33

33490

Advanced Business Methods

$322.56

33491

Todd Anderson

$4,000.00

33492

A2Z Printing

$401.74

33493

Bowman County Development Corp.

$1,260.00

33494

Bowman County Historical Society

$4,500.00

33495

Bowman County Treasurer

$98.54

33496

Bowman County Treasurer

$100.00

33497

Bowman Police Department

$79.00

33498

Bronson’s Marketplace

$53.61

33499

Center for Education & Employment Law

$159.00

33500

Cerberus Security

$1,752.00

33501

City of Bowman

$157.30

33501

City of Bowman

$1,932.79

33502

Country Media

$287.60

33503

Consolidated

$2,771.88

33504

Double EE Service

$33.71

33505

Dakota Prairie Helping Hands

$2,565.00

33506

Dakota Western Insurance

$100.00

33507

Eido Connect

$119.00

33508

Esri

$400.00

33509

Family Connection

$630.00

33510

Govern Soft

$13,653.00

33511

Ina Holmquist

$1,500.00

33512

High Plains Technology

$619.00

33513

ITD

$553.15

33514

Leah King

$10.50

33515

KPOK

$20.00

33516

Midwest Card & ID Solutions

$2,650.00

33517

National Association of County VSO

$50.00

33518

ND 911 Association

$25.00

33519

ND Association of Counties

$15.00

33519

ND Association of Counties

$766.69

33520

ND County Auditors Association

$100.00

33521

ND Clerks Association

$100.00

33522

ND Emergency Management Association

$100.00

33523

ND Newspaper Association

$122.40

33524

ND Sheriffs & Deputies Association

$400.00

33525

ND Surplus Property

$400.00

33526

ND State Radio Communications

$9,862.32

33527

ND State Treasurer

$3,833.45

33528

NDSU

$32.00

33529

Onsolve

$4,525.50

33530

Paystubz

$189.09

33531

Propoint Cooperative

$3,153.51

33532

Roosevelt Custer Regional Council

$8,670.00

33533

RDO Equipment

$43.51

33534

Relx (LexisNexis)

$42.00

33535

SBM

$727.15

33536

SW Multi-County Correction Center

$6,122.50

33537

Sunrise Youth Bureau

$4,500.00

33538

Unlimited Office Products

$373.53

33539

Vanguard Appraisals

$6,025.00

33540

Verizon Wireless

$324.28

33541

Woodley Construction Supply

$67.20

33542

Wild and Weiss Law Office

$1,250.00

The following vouchers that were paid on December 29, 2020 were approved by a motion made by Buchmann, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

33351

A2Z Printing

$287.80

33352

Amy Baker

$5.22

33353

Bowman County Development Corp

$500.00

33353

Bowman County Development Corp

$356.83

33354

Bowman County Treasurer

$25.69

33354

Bowman County Treasurer

$61,160.40

33355

Steve Beylund Construction

$19,041.00

33356

Bowman Lodge & Convention Center

$541.00

33357

BR's Construction and Flooring

$24,013.70

33358

Brosz Engineering

$702.50

33359

Bowman Sales & Service

$89.35

33360

Jason Bullis

$200.00

33361

Capital I Industries

$26,200.00

33362

Cashway Building Center

$99.48

33350

Central Specialties

$488,935.05

33363

Consolidated Telcom

$326.27

33364

Dales Tire & Retreading

$1,929.06

33365

Double EE Service

$36.00

33366

Effective Communications

$587.00

33367

First International Bank

$2,730.27

33367

First International Bank

$129.14

33368

Fisher Industries

$45,500.00

33369

Frontier Travel Center

242.86

33370

Galls

$24.00

33371

Gooseneck Implement

$16,250.00

33372

Iowa Prison Industries

$1,291.00

33373

John Deere Financial

$3,047.06

33374

Sydnee Kidd

$31.32

33375

Dexter McCormick

$184.30

33377

MDU

$2,611.90

33376

MCI

$182.82

33378

Midco

$85.00

33379

Motorola Solutions

$119.36

33380

ND Sheriffs & Deputy’s Assoc.

$50.00

33381

Newbys Ace Hardware

$326.73

33382

Northwest Tire

$4,539.69

33383

Otis Elevator Company

$966.60

33384

Propoint

$626.05

33385

Quadient Finance

$966.45

33386

Randy’s Welding

$1,203.72

33387

RDO Equipment

$14,947.75

33387

RDO Equipment

$5,061.36

33388

SBM

$174.35

33388

SBM

$356.96

33389

Secretary of State

$36.00

33390

Secretary of State

$36.00

33349

Verizon Wireless

$644.64

 

Braaten made a motion to approve Courthouse meeting rooms to increase to 50% capacity in compliance with Governor Burgum lowering the statewide risk level for COVID-19 from high risk to moderate risk and increasing capacity limits. Buchmann seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce staff, Christina Jorgensen and Megan Klassen, met to discuss the upcoming Southwest Night with Legislators scheduled for February 22, 2021, in Bismarck.

Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs and Brosz Engineering representative Lucas Doerr met to discuss road projects.  

Buchmann made a motion to approve the following 2021 Road and Bridge rates, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Tandem Truck                          

$110.00

Tandem Truck w/Flatbed Trailer

$120.00

Tandem Truck w/ Plow & Sander (Plus Sand)

$140.00

Single Axle Truck w/Sander          (Plus Sand)

$120.00

Tandem Water Truck

$120.00

Truck/Tractor w/Lowboy Trailer

$120.00

Truck/Tractor w/Belly Dump Trailer   

$120.00

Motor Graders w/Packers

$135.00

Motor Grader w/Wing & or Plow

$140.00

Motor Grader w/Front Mount Retriever Disc

$140.00

Front End Loader

$110.00

Backhoe

$110.00

Skid Steer 

$100.00

Tractors

$90.00

Tractor  w/Mower 

$110.00

Tractor w/Sprayer

$100.00

Tractor w/Mulcher

$110.00

Tractor w/  Retriever Disc

$100.00

Tractor w/Blue Ox Road Shaper

$135.00

Tractor w/Packer

$100.00

Tractor w/Snow Blower

$150.00

Packer/Compactor / Self-Propelled

$90.00

Wheel Packer / Pull behind

$50.00

Chip Spreader

$360.00

Dura-Patcher                   

$260.00

Broom / Self-Propelled

$80.00

Pickups

$35.00

Pickups w/Trailers

$60.00

Sign Truck / Bucket Truck

$75.00

Laborers

$30.00

Maps

$10.00

Gravel     

$8.00 / CY

Hestekin Pit Gravel

$12.50 / CY

Gravel @ Shop /Yard 

$14.00 / CY

Crushed  Scoria

$6.00 / CY

Crushed Scoria @ Shop / Yard

$10.00 / CY

Reject Gravel Fines

$3.50 / CY

Reject Gravel Fines @ Shop /Yard  

$9.00 / CY

Ballast Rock @ Shop/Yard (Not For Sale)

$30.00 / Ton

Chip 3/4" 

$48.00 / CY

Chip 3/8"

$48.00 / CY

Dirty Chip

14.00 / CY

Cold Mix

$115.00 / Ton

Top Soil

$20.00 / CY

Recycled Asphalt (Not For Sale)

$25.00 / CY

Crushed Recycled Asphalt (NFS)

$29.00 / CY

Salt-Sand (1-3 Mix)

$50.00 /CY

Large Rip Rap             

$25.00 /CY

Small Rip Rap

$15.00 / CY

Bridge Plank / Used

$6.00 / FT

Team Patch

$14.50 / Bag

Cutting Edges 5/8" (Blade)

$15.00 / FT

Carbide Edges

$100.00 / FT

Cutting Edge Bolts/Nuts

$3.00 / Ea.

Snow Wing Edges

$20.00 / FT

Fence Material - Labor

$3,300.00 / Mile

Fence-In

$15.00 / Rod

Fence-Out

$6.00 / Rod

Grass Seeding - Gravel Pits

$250.00 / Acre

Grass Seeding - Ditches

$325.00 / Acre

Mulching

$325.00 / Acre

Waddles

$4.50 / FT

Gravel-Royalty Plus Damages

$2.00 / CY

Scoria-Royalty Plus Damages

$1.00 / CY

Reject Sand / Natural Fines-Royalty

$1.00 /CY

Land Value / Crop

$1,000.00 / Acre

Land Value  / Grass

$750.00 / Acre

Temporary Easement  / Cropland

$50.00 / Acre

Temporary Easement / Grass

$28.00 / Acre

Used Steel Culvert  (Per Size/Condition)

$6.00 - $10.00 / FT

Used Concrete Culvert  (Per Condition)

$6.00 - $10.00 / FT

New Culvert

Market Value

Telespar

Market Value

 

 

                        Buchmann made a motion to approve the December 15, 2020 and December 22, 2020 minutes, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

                        Braaten made a motion to approve Application for Abatement of Taxes #2021-01 for $199.26, as the property will be re-classified as farmland. Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with members voting aye.  Motion carried.    

                        Abrahamson made a motion to approve the State of North Dakota mileage reimbursement rate from .58 cents per mile to .56 cents per mile. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

                        Abrahamson made a motion to approve the December 2020 Recorder Fee Collection Report. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

                        Abrahamson made a motion to approve the December 2020 Sheriff Fee Collection Report. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Braaten made a motion to approve the December 2020 Month-End Bureau of Land Management Report, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Braaten made a motion to approve the 2021 Radar Service Contract. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the 2020 Road and Bridge budget shortage of $2,955,380.64 due to Camp Crook Road and Griffin Road Projects extending into 2020; Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the following special deputies as 2021 Deputy Sheriffs for Bowman County, only when asked by the Bowman County Sheriff, the Bowman County Commissioners, or the Bowman County State’s Attorney, to act as a Deputy Sheriff for special assignments or have been asked to help in an emergency situation, if any law enforcement officers seek assistance: Rory Teigen, Sherri Teigen, Larry Johnson, Dick Frederick, Randy Gaebe, Jodi Freier, Charles Headley, Angie Eberle, Andrew Roehl, Arthur Walgren, Matt Miller, Trevor Bergerson, Wyatt Sabo, Keith Russ, Travis Collins, Danyel Titus, Trenton Harbaugh, Nick Eisele, Tim Grube, Art Cox, Victor Wells, Larry Fischer, and Remi Jason Master. This authorization will allow these individuals to be covered by North Dakota Workforce and Safety and will also allow them to drive the vehicles owned by Bowman County.  Braaten seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.   

                        Abrahamson made a motion to appoint Ryan Evans to a five-year term on the Bowman County Airport Authority Board, with Braaten seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.                      

      At 1:15 PM Chairman Brackel called the Public Hearing for Conduit Revenue Bond Financing for GMHR Acquisitions Co., LLC Project to order. Present: Andrew Weiss, Bowman County States Attorney, Kelly Schumacher, Fischbein Township Chairman,  and Jodi Freier, Bowman County Assistant Tax Director/Co-Zoning Director. Jim Stewart, Arnston Stewart Wegner PC was present via telephone. Abrahamson made a motion to approve the following resolution and to direct Bowman County Auditor, Mindy Schumacher to sign the Certificate as presented, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

 

            BE IT RESOLVED by the County Commission of Bowman County, North Dakota (the “County”), as follows:

 

            Section 1.        Policy and Purpose.

 

            1.01.    For the purpose of promoting, attracting, encouraging, and developing an economically sound industry and commerce, preserving and developing a tax base adequate to finance necessary public services, and encouraging employment opportunities for the citizens of the County, the County is authorized by North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 40-57 (the “Act”), to issue revenue bonds of the County in anticipation of the collection of revenues of a project.

 

            1.02.    GMHR Acquisitions Co., LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Company”), desires to undertake a Project in the County, at a total cost of approximately $16,000,000, the Project to consist of the construction, acquisition and installation of equipment to be used for solid waste disposal and functionally related facilities in connection with a landfill, energy conversion and recycling process (the “Project”).

 

            1.03.    The Project would increase the level of economic activity in the County, provide employment opportunities and increase the tax base of the County.

 

            1.04.    The County is advised by representatives of the Company that with the aid of municipal financing and the resulting lower borrowing cost, the Project would be significantly more feasible.  The County is further advised by the Company that approval of municipal financing would be a significant inducement to the commencement of construction of the Project by the Company.

 

            1.05.    A public notice setting forth the nature of the Project and the date and time of a public hearing on the Project was published according to law and a public hearing has been held according to law on January 12, 2021, at which public hearing all those appearing at said hearing who desired to speak were heard and written comments, if any, were considered.

 

            1.06.    Following the public hearing, it appears the issuance of the Bonds is in the public interest and the County Commission hereby determines to proceed with the issuance of revenue bonds under the Act to finance the Project.

 

            Section 2.        Approval and Authorization.

 

            2.01.    The County Commission hereby gives preliminary approval to the proposal of the Company that the County issue revenue bonds pursuant to the Act and pursuant to a revenue agreement between the County and the Company containing such terms and conditions (with provisions for revision from time to time as necessary) as may be necessary to produce income and revenues sufficient to pay, when due, the principal of and interest on the Solid Waste Disposal Revenue Bonds in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $16,000,000, to be issued pursuant to the Act (the “Revenue Bonds”).  The revenue agreement may also provide for the interest of the Company therein to be mortgaged to secure the payment of the Revenue Bonds.

 

            2.02.    On the basis of information available to this County Commission it appears, and the County Commission hereby finds, that the Project constitutes real property, buildings, improvements and equipment, used or useful in connection with a revenue producing enterprise engaged in a business within the meaning of Section 40-57-02(2) of the Act; that the Project furthers the purposes of the Act; and that the effect of the Project, if undertaken, will be to encourage the development of economically sound industry and commerce, to help the County and Fischbein Township retain and improve the tax base and to provide employment opportunities.

 

            2.03.    The issuance of the Revenue Bonds is hereby given preliminary approval by the County, subject to receipt of an adequate allocation of authority from the Governor to issue private activity bonds (which allocation is not made hereby), and subject to final approval by this County Commission, the Company, and the purchaser of the Revenue Bonds as to the ultimate details of the financing of the Project.

 

            2.04.    The County Auditor is hereby authorized and directed to submit the Application for Allocation of Bonding Authority to the Governor in accordance with North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 21-12, and Executive Order 1988-13.

 

            2.05.    The Company has agreed, and it is hereby determined, that any and all costs incurred by the County in connection with the financing of the Project, whether or not the Project is carried to completion and whether or not approved by the Commission, will be paid by the Company.

 

            2.06.    Arntson Stewart Wegner PC, acting as bond counsel, is authorized to assist in the preparation and review of necessary documents relating to the financing of the Project, to consult with the County Attorney, the Company and the purchaser of the Revenue Bonds as to the maturities, interest rates and other terms and provisions of the Revenue Bonds and as to the covenants and other provisions of the necessary documents, and to submit such documents to the County Commission for final approval.

 

            2.07.    Nothing in this resolution or in the documents prepared pursuant hereto shall authorize the expenditure of any municipal funds on the Project other than the revenues derived from the Company.  The Revenue Bonds shall not constitute a charge, lien or encumbrance, legal or equitable, upon any property or funds of the County except the revenue and proceeds pledged to the payment thereof, nor shall the County be subject to any liability thereon.  The holder of the Revenue Bonds shall never have the right to compel any exercise of the taxing power of the County to pay the outstanding principal of the Revenue Bonds or the interest thereon, or to enforce payment thereof against any property of the County.  The Revenue Bonds shall recite in substance that the Revenue Bonds, including interest thereon, are payable solely from the revenue and proceeds pledged to the payment thereof.  The Revenue Bonds shall not constitute a debt of the County within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation.

 

            2.08.    In anticipation of the approval by the Commission and the issuance of the Revenue Bonds to finance all or a portion of the Project, and in anticipation that the County will procure and devote to the Revenue Bonds an adequate allocation of authority to issue private activity bonds (which allocation is not made hereby), and in order that completion of the Project will not be unduly delayed when approved, the Company is hereby authorized to make such expenditures and advances toward payment of that portion of the costs of the Project to be financed from the proceeds of the Revenue Bonds as the Company considers necessar

County Commission Agenda

January 19, 2021
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Pastor Mary Wiggins

    

  1. Consideration for Approval:

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. January 12, 2021 Minutes

 

  1. Unfinished Business

           

  1.  Treasurer/Motor Vehicle Window Replacement

 

  1. New Business

 

  1.  Sally Port Partition
  2. COVID Sick and Family Leave Update

 

  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

10:00 AMCity of Bowman Police Chief, Charles Headley 

  1. Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs

                  

                  LUNCH

 

1:15 PM Bowman Airport Authority Budget Presentation

2:00 BCDC Executive Director,Teran Doerr

 

            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

   

  1. Public Notices 

 

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

 

             

  1. Important Meeting Dates

 

  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – February 2, 2021 9:00 AM

                         

  1.  Adjourn

                  

County Commission Meeting

Regular meetings of the Bowman County Commissioners begin at 9:00 a.m. in the commissioner room located on the lower level of the courthouse.

Rick Braaten

Commissioner
(701) 279-5530
email

Rick was first elected as a Bowman County Commissioner in November 2008.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 they have four sons.Rick engages in farm and ranch work.

 

Other Offices Held:

  • 1994 – 2002 Board Member Farmers Union Oil of Rhame
  • FSA County Committee
  • County Representative on Economic Development Board
  • County Representative on County Weed Board

Josh Buchmann

Commissioner
(701) 206-0578
email

Josh graduated in 1996 from Bowman High School and attended NDSCS, graduating in 1999.  He moved back to Bowman in 2006.  He has two children; his daughter lives in Wahpeton and works for NDSCS and his son attends Bowman High School.

 

Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman County Fair Board
  • Bowman Volunteer Fire Department
  • Bowman Ambulance Service
  • Owner of RMJ Towing
  • Owner of Bowman Laundromat
  • Manager of Northwest Tire since 2011

Jerry Jeffers

Commissioner
(701) 279-5885
email

Jerry was elected to the Bowman County Commission in 2016 and is the third generation on the Jeffers farm in southwestern Bowman County; homesteaded in 1909.  Jerry also has operated a cabinet shop in the winter since 1976.  He has three sons and is married to Karen who has two sons and a daughter.  Between them they have 11 grandchildren.

 

Other Offices Held:

  • Current Bowman County Zoning Board Member
  • Past Bowman/Slope Soil Conservation Board Member
  • Former 4-H Leader and 4-H Council President
  • Past Sunny Apartments Board Member
  • Past Bethany Church Council President
  • Past School Board Member

Pine Abrahamson

Commissioner
701-523-3169
email

Pine was first elected as a Bowman County Commissioner in 2004.Pine was born and raised in Bowman County.He has been engaged in agriculture his entire life; he is the third generation to be involved on the family farm and he spends many hours working with his youngest daughter and fiancé on the home place.Pine is married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

 

Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman/Slope Multi-County Social Service District
  • Bowman County Information Technology Committee
  • Bowman County Extension Advisory Council
  • Past All Seasons Arena Board Member
  • Past Bowman County EDC Board Member

Lynn Brackel

Commissioner
(701) 523-3749
email

Lynn was elected to the County Commission in 2008.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 served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota areas for over 30 years.Lynn still enjoys music and has directed the Church Choir for 30 years, Bowman County Community Band for 20 years, and Saxy Brass for 20 years.Lynn is married to Judy with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

 

Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Board of Directors
  • Yesterday’s Farmers Treasurer
  • Dakota Territory Collectors Car Club
  • Bowman Lutheran Worship Board