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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

April 19, 2016
9:00 AM





The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on April 19, 2016, 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. Steiner made a motion to approve as presented, 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 Bowman seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.  






Arrow-Magnolia International



A2Z Printing



Bowman Auto Parts



Bowman County Development Corp.



Bowman County Fair Association



Bowman County Pioneer



Bowman County Treasurer



Steve Beylund Construction



Rick Braaten



Best Western Ramkota



Chief Law Enforcement



Comfort Inn



City of Bowman



City of Bowman



Country Media






Coyle Electric



Deere Credit Inc.



Dickinson Press



DJ's Tesoro



Frank Eberle



Grand River Trucking






Ken's Supervalu



Kohler Communications






Mercer County Sheriff






ND County Recorders Association



Nelson International



Randy's Welding



Reds Fixit Shop



Respond Systems



Rhame Legion



Peters Trucking



Patty Sadowsky






Mindy Schumacher






Slope Electric



Jim Stebbins Trucking



Stein's Inc.



Southwest Auto Supply



Verizon Wireless



West Plains Inc



Brackel made a motion to approve the April 5, 2016 minutes, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. 

Bowman County Auditor, Sandra Tivis, accepted a petition, pursuant to NDCC 11-10-02.3, for appointment of the state’s attorney position, if a majority of qualified electors of the county voting on the question approves the change from elective to appointive, the change is effective at the end of the term of the office of the state’s attorney holding office at the time of the election. Tivis verified its authenticity and will place as a county measure on the June Primary election ballot.

Bowman County Extension Agent, Amy Lick, met to provide an office update.  

Bowman County Treasurer, Christine Septon, met to present the March 2016 Treasurer’s Report/Bank Reconciliation Report. Brackel made a motion to approve the report, with Steiner seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. 

Reeder Fire Department Chief, Bruce Hagen, met to request funding from the county for a new grass unit fire truck.  Hagen presented a quote of $64,200.00 for the purchase.  The fire department serves four townships located in Bowman County for a total of 34,568 acres.   Steiner made a motion to donate $12,000, which equates 20% of the cost from Bureau of Land Management funds, for emergency purposes. Abrahamson seconded the motion.   A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.       

Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland, City of Rhame Auditor, Margie Russ, and Gary Brennan and Jon Brosz, from Brosz Engineering met to discuss the quote of $85,000 that was received from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, for the placement of a new concrete crossing on south Main Street. City of Rhame Mayor, Jeremiah Erickson, strongly feels that the railroad should incur the cost as it is a safety hazard.  Commissioner Bowman will contact a representative of the railroad to discuss further.   

Brennan presented Change Order Number Five, for the Sunset Butte Road Improvement – Phase 1 Sliver Grading project.  Brackel made a motion to approve the increase of $63,489, to repair sub-grade deficiencies by removal of unsuitable material and installing geo-textile fabric and importing suitable borrow material.  Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  Brennan stated that the paving project will start late June and all paving projects are estimated to be completed by mid-August. 

Hofland inquired on an invite that he received from Fallon County for a fire school that they will be conducting on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  The commissioners encouraged Hofland to send an employee to attend, if their schedule will allow.    

Brackel made a motion to approve the county road and bridge resolution that outlines the working hours of the road and bridge employees. The resolution is on file in the Office of the Bowman County Auditor.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

 Effective April 19, 2016, the county road limits will be removed. 

Brackel did not return from lunch due to a prior commitment.

Bowman County Emergency Manager, Dean Pearson, Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager, Karla Germann and Bowman County Deputy Sheriff, Dick Frederick, met to obtain approval for the following Fire Emergency and Burn Ban Declaration: 

WHEREAS, Bowman County, North Dakota has and is currently enduring dry     conditions, has a large volume of dry vegetation, and

WHEREAS, Bowman County has committed all available resources to protecting life and            the property of its citizens, and

WHEREAS, the impact of fires would threaten the health, wellbeing, and safety of the    citizens of Bowman County, and

WHEREAS, the cost of such fires may exceed the resources of Bowman County,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners of Bowman County declare a Fire Emergency and AUTHORIZE THE FIRE CHIEF OF          EACH FIRE DISTRICT TO DETERMINE IF BURNING WILL BE ALLOWED         WITHIN THEIR DISTRICT.  This shall include ignition of fireworks, garbage burning,          campfires, vegetative burning, and non-essential off road vehicle operation.

Individuals wishing to burn must contact their District Fire Chief before burning.

Anyone who violates this resolution could be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor.


Steiner made a motion to approve the Declaration of the Fire Emergency and Burn Ban for Bowman County, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Chanell Walby, Director of Southwest Transportation Services, and Chenyi Harriman, assistant director, met to request financial assistance to purchase land, and erect a garage and office facility for their vehicles and employees. Discussion was held on property that the county owns.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve donating Lot 1 in Tract 1, Railroad Addition, City of Bowman, as an in-kind donation for the grant match for the construction of a public transportation building, contingent upon approval of a Federal Transportation Grant award.  If the grant is denied the county will retain ownership of the property.    Bowman seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

With no further business to discuss, Bowman made a motion at 3:50 PM to adjourn the meeting, with Steiner 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 03, 2016
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten



  1. Consideration for Approval:


  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. April 19, 2016 Minutes
  4. 2016 Election Inspectors



  1. Unfinished Business


  1. Joint Powers Agreement Slope County – VA Van
  2. Funding Agreement for Clerk of District Court


  1. New Business




  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance


9:30 AMMinnehaha Township Members

10:00 Bowman County Deputy Sheriff, Doug Langhoff

  1. Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland




1:15 PM               Bowman County Housing Authority Representatives

1:45                     ~Open At Time of Publication~



    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 – May 17,  2016  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