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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

December 20, 2016
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 December 20, 2016, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Jerry Jeffers and Ken Steiner.  Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.

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

            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.

 

25881-25898

Social Welfare

$9,702.46

25899

Ameripride

$135.93

25900

A2Z Printing

$111.86

25901

Bowman Auto Parts

$105.75

25902

Bowman County Airport

$750.00

25903

Bowman County Extension Service

$150.00

25904

Bowman County Treasurer

$30.47

25905

Berk Bowman

$750.00

25906

Rick Braaten

$410.40

25907

Brosz Engineering

$1,265.00

25908

Bronson's

$50.89

25909

Bowman Sales & Service

$66.93

25910

Butler Machinery

$226.97

25911

City of Bowman

$1,203.03

25912

City of Rhame

$214,000.00

25913

Country Media

$125.00

25914

Consolidated

$1,617.96

25915

Dales Tire & Retreading

$3,894.12

25916

Dell, Inc.

$240.72

25917

Dakota Western Insurance

$44,911.00

25919

Fisher Sand & Gravel

$4,003.34

25918

ER-Lee Rizer Ranch, LLP

$2,557.32

25920

Bart Fisher

$1,250.00

25921

George Fisher

$206.50

25922

Fox Hills Fencing

$17,838.00

25923

Shane Freitag

$576.40

25924

Monte Freitag

$742.50

25925

Neal Freitag

$418.00

25926

Justin Freitag

$550.00

25927

Randall Gaebe

$105.00

25928

Gas U Up

$50.47

25929

Karla Germann

$105.00

25930

G&G Garbage

$883.35

25931

Sharon Grasseth

$174.00

25932

Karen Heck

$170.29

25933

C. Lloyd Holecek

$78.95

25934

Beverly Kasper Family Trust

$400.00

25935

Sydnee Kidd

$29.40

25936

La Quinta Inn

$245.70

25937

LaVonne Lutz

$651.03

25938

Mahlon Smith Repair

$240.00

25939

Mail Finance

$2,116.38

25940

Anita McLaughlin

$56.70

25941

MDU

$3,344.62

25942

Melbye Law Office

$67.50

25943

Mellette County Sheriff

$20.00

25944

Motorola

$265.00

25945

ND Association of Counties

$38,374.50

25946

State Board of Law Examiners

$350.00

25947

Roger Nelson

$235.79

25948

Neofunds

$4,000.00

25949

William Norton

$87.00

25950

NSC Minerals

$2,693.99

25951

Sherman Oakland

$224.14

25952

Jerry Palczewski

$220.00

25953

Dean Pearson

$105.00

25954

Praetorian Digital

$345.00

25955

Stephanie Pretzer

$105.00

25956

Quill

$35.98

25957

Randy's Welding

$57.00

25958

Reeder Fire District

$12,000.00

25959

Betty Ruggles

$750.00

25960

SBM

$7,416.39

25961

Scranton Premier Property

$750.00

25962

Slope County Auditor

$21.52

25963

Slope Electric

$212.47

25964

Ken Steiner

$70.20

25965

Duane Steckler

$105.00

25966

SW Auto

$76.96

25967

Shad Swanke

$394.75

25968

Kevin Symanowski

$446.00

25969

Cleve Teske

$74.30

25970

Verizon

$325.84

25971

Henry Waller

$259.00

25972

Westlie Motor Company

$72.83

25973

West River Striping

$680.40

25974

Zuercher Technologies

$276.00

Brackel made a motion to approve the December 6 and December 13, 2016 minutes, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Brackel made a motion to approve the bid submitted by Border States Paving, Inc. for $996,960.50, which was conducted by the North Dakota Department of Transportation on November 18, 2016, which will be financed by federal aid funds for Project SC-0618(053) on CMC 0618 from US Highway 85, East 5 miles (Haley Dam Road).  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.   

Bowman County Treasurer, Christine Septon, met to present the November 2016 Treasurer’s Report/Bank Reconciliation Report. Steiner made a motion to approve the report, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.     Septon stated that the current Pledge of Assets is held with Dakota Western Bank, and stated all county funds are held there.  Septon requested if the county would receive a higher rate of interest from Dakota Community Bank or Wells Fargo, she could invest some or all of the funds, currently being held at Dakota Western Bank.  Brackel made a motion to authorize Septon to invest funds, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Christine Septon informed the commissioners that she will be retiring in the spring of 2017.  Septon is currently the Bowman County Risk Manager and requested approval for Bowman County Deputy Auditor, Mindy Schumacher to resume the role of Risk Manager.  Brackel made the motion to appoint Schumacher as the risk manager effective January 1, 2017.  Steiner seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.    

A representative from Midcontinent Communications, met via telephone conference, to discuss the need to bore an underground fiber optic line into the courthouse.  It was decided to hold off until spring 2017. 

Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland and Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering, met to discuss current road projects.   Brackel made a motion to approve Change Order Number Six-Final reducing the contract price by $226,630.74, after which will reduce the original contract price from $6,300,950.29 to $6,196,657.00.   Steiner seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

            Abrahamson made a motion to approve the 2017 Bowman County Rates, with updating the rates for tractor and snow blower.  Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

            $110.00 – Per hour for use of tandem truck

            $120.00 – Per hour tandem truck and sander (plus sand)

            $130.00 – Per hour regular maintaining

            $140.00 – Per hour plowing snow (truck and motor grader)

            $110.00 – Per hour for use of single axle truck and sander (plus sand)

            $120.00 – Per hour belly dumps 6 – axles

            $120.00 - Per hour water truck and tanker

            $110.00 - Per hour backhoe

            $110.00 – Per hour front end loader

            $110.00 – Per hour skid steer

            $  90.00 – Per hour tractor of 100 HP or more

            $100.00 – Per hour tractor and mower

            $110.00 – Per hour tractor and mulcher

            $100.00 – Per hour tractor and disc

            $  50.00 – Per hour pull type wheel packer , not including tractor

            $  90.00 – Per hour self-propelled packer

            $  70.00 - Per hour self-propelled broom

            $360.00 – Per hour chip spreader

            $260.00 – Per hour Durapatcher (travel time included)

            $150.00 – per hour snow blower and tractor

            $1.00/cy royalty scoria plus damages

            $2.00/cy royalty on gravel plus damages

            Land value – crop $1,000/acre, grass $750/acre

            Temporary Easement – crop $50/acre, grass $28/acre

 

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the Job Development contract with the Bowman County Economic Development Corporation reducing the annual support fee from $58,500 to $55,575.  Brackel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

            Bowman County Recorder/Clerk of Court Jan Werre and Bowman County Sheriff Rory Teigen met to discuss submitting a Court Facility Improvement Grant through the state for court room security enhancements and improvement to the judge’s chamber.  Sheriff Teigen has the list of suggested improvements from the North Dakota State Supreme Court security officer.  If approved, the county would need to match twenty five percent of the costs. The commissioners requested Werre and Teigen to research our needs and complete the grant if time allows.

            Brackel made a motion to approve the 2017 Beer/Wine and Liquor Licenses, for the following:  Bowman County Fair Association, Sweetwater Golf Course, and Twin Butte Liquor, assessing the fee structure that was approved in 2012.   Abrahamson seconded the motion.   A roll call vote was requested with all members voting aye. Motion carried. 

            Steiner made a motion, and seconded by Abrahamson, to appoint the following individuals to the respective county boards/committees. A roll call vote was requested with all members voting aye. Motion carried. 

 

Bowman County Water Resource                Leland Sather -three-year term

            Bowman County Zoning Board                      John Soreide - four year term

                                                                                     Wes Miller – four year term

                                                                                     Michael Sondeland–Unexpired four yr term                                                                                                                          expiring 12-31-2017

Bowman County Airport Authority                 Andy Mrnak - five-year term,

            Bowman County Housing Authority            Teran Doerr –five year term

                                                                                    Open Until Filled – five year term

Bowman County Library Board                                   Bryce Martin

            Bow County Weather Modification Authority Wes Andrews

            Bowman County Weed Board                       Jeff Oakland – two year term

 

            Steiner made a motion for Bowman County Auditor, Sandra Tivis to process and pay all year-end invoices, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.   

             With no further business to discuss, Steiner made a motion at 4:27 PM to adjourn the meeting, 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      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF

 THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BOWMAN COUNTY, BOWMAN, NORTH DAKOTA

 

            The Board of County Commissioners met in special session on December 30, 2016, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Jerry Jeffers and Ken Steiner.    Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 8:03 AM.  Also present: Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Neil Hofland, Bowman County Road Foreman Nathan Miller, and Bowman County Road Department employee, Randy Seifert, Bowman County Emergency Manager Dean Pearson, Bowman/Slope County 9-1-1 Coordinator, Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager Karla Germann, Bowman County Sheriff Rory Teigen 

            Guests present: Kevin Hilton and Albert Holecek.   

            Discussion was held on snow removal on county roads and the need to secure a contractor to move the snow away from the ditches.  Hofland stated that if he sees the need to do so he will make the arrangements. 

            Discussion followed on the procedure for snow removal to gain access in an area for emergency response. A comment was made to use common sense in providing aid to the requesting response unit. The commissioners will request a legal opinion from the Bowman County State’s Attorney on the matter.  

            Due to the retirement of custodian Duane Steckler the commission requests that the position be advertised immediately.

            At 10:10 AM Brackel made a motion to adjourn, with Steiner seconding the motion. 

Motion carried.

 

                                                                                    __________________________________

                                                                                    Rick Braaten, Chairman

            Board of County Commissioners

 

 

 

ATTEST: __________________________________

                Sandra K. Tivis, Bowman County Auditor

 

 

 

          

County Commission Agenda

January 24, 2017
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten

          

  1. Consideration for Approval:

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. January 10, 2017 Minutes
  4. Dec. Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. Application for Abatement or Refund of Taxes  
  6. Renewal of Radar Service Contract
  7. 2017 Emergency Operations Center Personnel Appointment and Duties
  8. Trane Renewal Maintenance Contract

 

  1. Unfinished Business

           

  1. Bowman County Office of  Emergency Management - Public Information Officer

 

  1. New Business

 

  1. ND Department of Transportation Annual Maintenance Certification

 

  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

10:00 AMBowman County NDSU Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, Erin Gaugler

  1.          ~Open at time of Publication~
  2. Representatives from the ND Atmospheric Board
  3. ~Open at time of Publication~

                  LUNCH

 

1:15 PM Bow County Highway Superintendent S. Biggs/G. Brennan, Brosz Engineering

  1.  

 

            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

  1. Public Notices 

 

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

  • January 23, 2017 -  7:00 PM -  Bowman Ambulance Garage

Quarterly 9-1-1 Responder Meeting

  • January 27, 2017 – 9:00 AM to Noon – Bowman County Courthouse

Emergency Operations Center – Training Exercise

             

  1. Important Meeting Dates
  1.    Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – February  7 ,  2017  9:00 AM

                         

  1.  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 at 701-523-3130

 

Rick Braaten

Commissioner
(701) 279-5530
email

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

Commissioner
(701) 275-8789
email

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

Jerry Jeffers

Commissioner
(701) 279-5885
email

Jerry was elected to the Bowmn County Commission in 2016 and is the third generation on the Jeffers farm in southwestern Bowman; 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 had two sons and a daughter. Between them they have 11 grandchildren.
 
 Other Offices Held:
  • Current Bowman/Slope Soil Conservation board member
  • Current Bowman County Zoning board member
  •  Former 4-H Leader and 4-H Council President
  • Past Summy 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 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

Commissioner
(701) 523-3749
email

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