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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

Aug 2, 2022

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on August 2, 2022, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann and Jerry Jeffers. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Pastor Mary Wiggins shared a prayer.

Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Abrahamson moved to approve the agenda. Brackel seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

The following August 2, 2022, vouchers were approved by a motion by Abrahamson, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

July Payroll $193,835.04
35730 Advanced Business Methods $143.09
35731 Amy Baker $22.54
35732 BergenKVD $194.76
35733 Black Butte Associates $5,545.20
35734 Boss Office Products $421.40
35735 Bowman County Historical Society $3,658.36
35736 Bowman Township $443.85
35737 Bronson’s Marketplace $8.52
35738 Buckley Ranch $10,974.00
35739 Budd Falen Law Office $2,275.00
35740 Consolidated Telcom $50.12
35741 Dakota Dust-Tex $176.20
35742 Election Systems & Software $4,552.83
35743 First International Visa $3,445.75
35744 Fisher Sand and Gravel $2,159.56
35745 Frank Eberle $21.00
35746 Jim Peters Trucking $15,513.00
35747 MCI $75.77
35748 MidCo $103.82
35749 Mindy Schumacher $109.60
35750 Montana Dakota Utilities $2,699.02
35751 ND Association of Counties $1,068.50
35752 ND State Radio Communications $15,505.68
35753 Newby’s Ace Hardware $362.67
35754 ND State Treasurer $5,342.48
35755 Northwest Tire $535.39
35756 Sydnee Kidd $83.27
35757 Talbot Township $184.00
35758 Team Lab $1,632.50
35759 The Badlands Patriot $100.00
35760 Total Safety $39.00
35761 ND State Treasurer $166.52
35762 Prairie Mountain Electric Motor $2,884.00

 

Brackel moved to approve the July 19, 2022, minutes with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

The board reviewed correspondence from a conference call held with Bowman/Slope 911 Coordinator, Karla Germann, Bowman County Auditor, Mindy Schumacher, Bowman County Commissioner, Rick Braaten, Slope County Auditor, Lorrie Buzalsky, and Slope County Commissioner, Scott Ouradnik. It was agreed to proportion the 911 Budget shortfall annually based on the number of lines reported January 1 of each year. Buchmann moved to approve the agreement, Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Bowman County Treasurer, Anita McLaughlin, met to present the July 2022 Treasurer’s Daily Cash Settlement/Bank Reconciliation Report. Jeffers moved to approve, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Buchmann moved to approve the July 2022 Recorder and Sheriff Fee Collection Reports. Brackel seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Abrahamson moved to approve the July 2022 Month-End Bureau of Land Management Report, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Brackel moved to approve the Application for a Local Permit from Bowman County Fair Board to conduct a sports pool on September 10, 2022 at the Bowman County Fairgrounds. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Discussion was held on commission meeting dates in September and October. The September 6, 2022 and October 4, 2022 meetings need to be moved due to scheduling conflicts. It was decided that the board will meet on September 7, 2022 instead of September 6, 2022, and on October 6, 2022 instead of October 4, 2022.

Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs, and Lucas Doerr, Brosz Engineering, met to discuss road projects. Abrahamson moved to approve the Request for Materials from Grand River Township for the purchase of two 36”X30’ culverts with the township being responsible for 50% of the cost. Brackel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Steve Meier, RDO Equipment, met to discuss equipment prices.

Royce Hammer, Denbury, met to discuss upcoming seismic testing activity. Guest present: Lyn James. Abrahamson moved to approve the Haul Route Agreement from Paragon Geophysical Services, Inc. Brackel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

At 1:15 PM, a public information meeting was held for possible road work on 88th Street from Scranton to four miles east (Whiskey Road). Guests present: Shane Biggs, Lucas Doerr, Robb Pierce, Jodi Wilson, and Mark Kelner. It was agreed to fix the road. The county would like to begin this fall.

Southwest District Health Unit Executive Director Sherry Adams presented their 2023 Budget. Also present: Pat and Carla Kelly.

Bowman County Assistant Treasurer/Motor Vehicle/Road and Bridge Administrative Assistant, Amy Baker met with commissioners to discuss her road and bridge duties.

Charles Whitney met to discuss a Request for Materials submission from Yesterday’s Farmers. Abrahamson moved to approve the Request for Materials for the purchase of fourteen bridge planks at $6/foot with Yesterday’s Farmers responsible for 100% of the cost. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye, except Brackel, who refrained from voting. Motion carried.

Jeffers made a motion at 4:33 PM to recess the meeting until August 9, 2022 at 9:30 AM, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

 

 

 

Rick Braaten, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners

ATTEST:   Mindy Schumacher, Bowman County Auditor

 

 

 

 

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BOWMAN COUNTY, BOWMAN, NORTH DAKOTA

 

The Board of County Commissioners met on August 9, 2022 to reconvene their meeting from August 2, 2022, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann and Jerry Jeffers. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:30 AM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Discussion was held on the 2023 Bowman County Preliminary budget.  Buchmann moved to approve the budget as presented, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

The final Bowman County 2023 Budget Hearing will take place at the first commission meeting on October 6, 2022 at 1:15 PM and will be held in the commissioner’s room, located on the lower level of the courthouse.

Brackel moved to approve the approach permit from Meryl McGee. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

The board reviewed correspondence received from concerned landowners regarding the APEX Wind project. Discussion was held on the Haul Route Agreement. Bowman County State’s Attorney, Andrew Weiss, called into the meeting at 2:25 PM and left the meeting at 2:37 PM.  Abrahamson moved to make the following changes to the Haul Route Agreement: #3f, Changing security amount per mile from $25,000 to $75,000 per mile for gravel, $150,000 per mile for chip seal, $500,000 per mile for asphalt. Buchmann seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Abrahamson; aye, Buchmann; nay, Jeffers; nay, Brackel; nay, Braaten; nay. Motion failed. Brackel moved to make the following change to the Haul Route Agreement: #3f: Changing the security amount of $25,000 per mile to five (5) percent of the total project cost. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried. Buchmann moved to make the following change to the Haul Route Agreement: #2b, adding the language “including unorganized townships” after  County. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

At 3:43 PM Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Rick Braaten, Chairman, Board of Bowman County Commissioners

ATTEST:  Mindy Schumacher,  Bowman County Auditor

 

 

 

County Commission Agenda

August 16, 2022 – 9:00 AM

Call to order Chairman Braaten

 

Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Fr. Raphael Obotama

        

  • Consideration for Approval

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. August 2, 2022 Minutes
  4. Moure Equipment Addition Plat Map

 

Unfinished Business

     

 

New Business

 

  1. Selection of Engineer for Preliminary & Design Engineering on Structure Replacement

 

 

Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

10 AM        Theresa Liebsch, Vision Zero Regional Coordinator

11:00         Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs

                                                      LUNCH

1:15 PM     Public Information Meeting on Section Line Improvement north of 86th Street on 156th Ave   

 

 

     

            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

 

  • Public Notices

 

  • Important Meeting Dates

 

  • Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –September 7, 2022 9:00 AM

 

 

 Adjourn 

County Commission Meeting

Regular meetings of the Bowman County Commissioners are generally the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning 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 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 where he spends many hours working with his youngest daughter her husband. Pine is married with 4 children and 4 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 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 owned a plumbing business and served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota areas for over 30 years. He has 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

Contact

CONTACT

EMAIL: auditor@bowmancountynd.gov

PHONE: (701) 523-3130

Bowman County Auditor
104 1st St NW, Suite 1
Bowman ND 58623

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Thursday:
7:30am – 12:00pm MT
12:30pm – 4:30pm MT

Friday:
7:30am – 12:00pm MT
(Closed on Legal Holidays)