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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

May 05, 2015
9:00 AM

                                   OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF



The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on May 5, 2015, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Bill Bowman, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, and Ken Steiner.  Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. 

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

Bowman County Deputy Auditor, Mindy Schumacher, provided an update on the electronic time system. 

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



April Payroll



Social Welfare






ASC Construction Equipment



Bowman County Development Corp.



Bowman County Treasurer



Brosz Engineering



Center For 4-H Youth Development



Cofell's Plumbing & Heating






Dacotah Paper



Frank Eberle



Jordan Fisher



Frontier Travel



Farmer's Union Oil Company



Hoag & Son's



John Deere Financial



Ken's Super Valu






Doug Langhoff



Amy Lick



Lyle Signs









Anita McLaughlin



Michael Todd & Co. Inc.



Kevin Miller Construction



Millie's Stitching & Crafts



Melvin Miller Construction



ND Association of Counties



Newby's Ace Hardware



NW Tire



Peters Trucking



Randy's Welding



Dan Ross Trucking






Southwest Ag



Jim Stebbins Trucking



Stein's Inc.






Woodley Construction



Bowman made motion to pay $2,500.00, of the Rath & Mehrer Certified Public Accountants invoice, from BLM funds as per federal audit compliance requirements. Steiner seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Steiner made a motion to approve the minutes from April 21, 2015, with Bowman seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. 

Southwest Water Authority Board Member, Rick Seifert, met to provide updates.  

Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager Bowman/Slope 911 Coordinator, Karla Germann met to discuss the recent correspondence received on the Memorandum of Understanding received from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES), defining the services provided by the NDDES, for 911 services and also to discuss the Bowman County 911 address system.  A previous committee was formed and established guidance utilizing a “Base 10 system (1/10th of a mile) and at the time other joining counties established a Base 100 system (1/100 of a mile).  Due to the population influx, in Bowman County, the current method may need to be addressed in the future. 

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. Ulteig has teamed up with Brosz Engineering to complete the survey, as a cost saving measure for the county.  Brackel made a motion to accept the contract from Ulteig Engineering at a cost of $16,425.00, with proposed construction costs of $25,000.00.  Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Discussion was held on the recent request of Southwest Healthcare Services, for an additional two million dollars, to assist with the renovation project.   Steiner made a motion to approve an additional donation of one million dollars for a total donation of two million dollars, which will be dispersed after July 1, 2015.   Bowman seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

 Steiner made a motion to appoint Jim Septon to the Bowman County Water Board, to fill the unexpired term of Jerry Palczewski, which will expire December 31, 2015, with Abrahamson seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

 Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering, and Nathan Miller, Bowman County Highway Road Foreman joined the meeting.   

At 1:15 the bid opening was held for Crushing & Stockpiling Aggregate Surfacing.   The following bids were received:  

               Aggregate Construction, Inc.          $ 5.94 Unit Price – Total of $475,000

               Fisher Sand and Gravel                      4.70 Unit Price – Total of $357,600

               Melvin Miller Construction, Inc.        5.20 Unit Price – Total of $416,000


Steiner made a motion to accept the bid, submitted by Fisher Sand & Gravel, for $357,600, with Bowman seconding the motion.  A roll call vote taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the Borrow Option for the 88th Street Road Improvement Project, for fill materials from Ronald and Rex Eagon.  Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Abrahamson made a motion to approve placing a 7,000 gallon tanker trailer, with a 3 inch hydraulic pump, as surplus property and offer for sale at a public auction.  Steiner seconded the motion.   A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Discussion was held on adjusting the guidelines for donation funding requests, due to reduced revenue sources, including, but not limited to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) funds.    

            The commission met as County Park Board for dispersing the tax collected from the county park mill levy.  Brackel made a motion to disperse the county park board mill levy for tax revenue collected from May 1, 2014 through April 24, 2015, per capita, for each city park board.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was requested with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Bowman County Deputy Sheriff, Dick Frederick, and Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager Bowman/Slope 911 Coordinator, Karla Germann met to discuss courthouse security.  Germann presented quotes for rekeying the exterior doors.  The commissioners have recommended that they pursue a grant for rekeying exterior/interior doors, and enhance existing courthouse door handles to meet ADA compliance. 

            With no further business to discuss, Steiner made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:50 PM, with Abrahamson 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

May 19, 2015
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten


  1. Consideration for Approval:


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. May 5, 2015  Minutes
  4. April Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report


  1. Unfinished Business


A.             Lease Agreement for the Bowman County Rural Ambulance District Building


  1. New Business


  1. A. Appoint Representative to the SW REAP Board


  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


10:00 AMBowman County Tax Director, Dean Pearson

10:30 Bowman County Highway Superintendent, N. Hofland





1:15 PM   Sunset Butte Road Improvement on 87th & 88th Street SW

                 Phase I Sliver Grading Project No. COIB-0600 (001), PCN 21077 Bid Opening

2:15         Bowman County Airport Authority Board Members

2:45         Bowman and Talbot Township Representatives


    Elected Officials Office Updates & Other


  1. Public Notices 


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


June 1, 2015 7:30 PM – Review of Bowman/Slope Multi Hazard Plan

                                      Bowman County Courthouse – Emergency Operations Center            

VI.    Important Meeting Dates


  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – June 2,  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