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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

October 07, 2014
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 October 7, 2014, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Bill Bowman, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, and Ken Steiner. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:01 AM.

            Chairman Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda.  Brackel stated that a potential candidate may be interested in fulfilling the position on the Southwest District Health Unit Board of Directors, which was previously held by Donella Erstad, as Erstad resigned due to relocating from the area.    Bowman County Airport Authority Board member, Rod Schaaf, will be meeting at 11:00 AM.  Steiner made a motion to approve the agenda as presented, with Bowman seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

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

4613-4666

September Payroll

$145,237.73

21313-21334

Social Welfare

$8,528.89

21335

Aggregate Construction Inc.

$347,176.15

21336

Bowman Auto Parts

$41.21

21337

Bowman County Treasurer

$397.23

21338

Black Hills Ammunition

$888.50

21339

Bill Bowman

$53.58

21340

Andrea Bowman

$275.79

21341

Brosz Engineering

$22,715.00

21342

Bowman Sales & Service

$665.59

21344

Butler Ag Equipment

$448.14

21345

Center Ag Supply

$8,230.27

21346

Comfort Inn

$296.00

21347

City of Bowman

$187.65

21347

City of Bowman

$1,494.04

21348

Consolidated

$120.00

21349

Dacotah Paper

$33.79

21350

Dale's Clothing

$38.48

21351

D.J's Tesoro

$153.36

21352

DSS Trucking

$1,786.90

21353

DTE, Inc.

$135.78

21354

Electronic Communications, Inc.

$1,581.00

21355

Beth Enos

$240.00

21356

Election Systems & Software

$1,027.02

21357

Jodi Freier

$56.00

21358

Farmers Union Oil

$10,837.97

21359

Randy Gaebe

$297.31

21360

Karla Germann

$158.70

21361

Gion Law Office

$115.90

21362

Hamm & Phillips Service

$1,012.50

21363

Holiday Inn of Fargo

$149.40

21365

Jim's Repair

$398.50

21366

John Deere Financial

$4,991.73

21367

Jason Kalina

$500.00

21368

Ken's Super Value

$85.44

21369

KPOK

$20.00

21370

LexisNexis

$228.00

21371

Mahlon Smith Repair

$888.90

21372

MCI

$89.70

21373

MDU

$1,962.17

21374

Kevin Miller Construction

$1,845.36

21375

National Association of Counties

$450.00

21376

NDAAEA

$75.00

21377

ND Human Resource Management Ser.

$642.16

21378

ND State Radio Communications

$120.00

21379

NDSU Extension Service

$16,607.00

21380

NDSU 

$68.00

21381

Newby's Ace Hardware

$272.01

21382

Northern Improvement

$258,289.27

21383

NW Tire

$65.50

21385

Dean Pearson

$364.90

21386

Penny Newman Grain, Inc.

$13,938.00

21387

Pro Forms

$550.76

21388

SBM

$929.42

21389

Scranton Community Golf Course

$46,000.00

21390

Ken Steiner

$74.10

21391

Jim Stebbins Trucking

$1,588.53

21392

Duane Steckler

$75.00

21393

#1 Stop Sign Shop

$165.81

21394

SWMCCC

$7,753.96

21395

Trane

$112,725.00

21396

Winncom Technologies

$660.03

     

Bowman County Emergency Manager, Dean Pearson, Bowman County Sheriff, Rory Teigen and Deputy Sheriff, Dick Fredrick, met to discuss courthouse security measures. Pearson will contact an agency to prepare a quote and present at the next meeting.Steiner made a motion to approve the purchase of a generator, from Prairie Mountain Electric Motors, Inc. for $36,995.00, from the building fund, and will be placed at the Four Seasons Pavilion, in an event of an emergency.Abrahamson seconded the motion.A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the Emergency Operations Center volunteers attending mandatory training.Pearson is seeking approval to pay them for the training at $45.00 for each training module they complete.Options will be researched prior to a final decision.

Brackel made a motion to approve the September 16, and September 17, 2014 minutes, with Steiner seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

  •             ckel made a motion to nominate Bill Bowman as Bowman County’s 2014 North Dakota State Fair delegate.   Steiner seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with Brackel, Steiner, Abrahamson and Braaten voting aye.  Bowman abstained from voting.  Motion carried. 

Bowman County Airport Authority Board member, Rod Schaaf, met to inform the commission that the airport has been designed as a Class B-II,which includes aircraft landing with the tandem weight specifications of 30,000 pounds and will have the capacity to advance to the next higher level, which is a C-II.The new airport will have the longest runway in the state, for aircraft that flies through Small General Aviation Airports.The next airport with this classification is located in Wahpeton.Heavier airplanes can land in emergencies, but on-going, continued use will shorten the life span of the runway.

Bowman County Housing Authority Board members, Margie Russ and Jack Stebbins, met to provide an update of the Jesco Apartments and submit invoices for payment consideration.Brackel made a motion to approve paying Russ, $1,536.00, for her administration of the extensive lending application, required for the purchase of the Jesco Apartments, and authorization to pay $591.00, for insurance coverage on the Jesco Apartments.Bowman seconded the motion.A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.Motion carried.

Abrahamson made a motion to accept the terms in the Memo of Understanding, submitted by Prairie Engineering, to re-bid the HVAC courthouse upgrade, with Steiner seconding the motion.     A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Bowman County Water Resource Board members Neil Hofland and Leland Sather met to discuss the lending agreement that was previously negotiated with the Corp of Engineers for funding of the Bowman Haley Dam. Hofland stated that the correspondence he received from the Corp for the payoff amount due was considerably less then what they have in reserve, which is $375,000. Hofland also stated and that Water Resource Board is not responsible for the structural upkeep of the dam.  Hofland stated that funds will need to be held in reserve for the Scranton Dike.  The commissioners highly recommend paying the debt off in full, upon the maturity date of their $375,000 Certificate Deposit, which will be researched by their secretary, Beckie Hodell, and reported at a future commission meeting.

Bowman/Slope Multi-County Social Service Director, Shonda Schwartz, met to inform the commissioners that they have been selected for a state audit for two programs administered through Children and Family services, and a stakeholder meeting will be held in Dickinson on October 15, 2014.  

Bowman County Road Superintendent, Neil Hofland, and Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering, met to discuss current road projects.Steiner made a motion to approve the Change Order No. 5, for Road Improvements- Multiple Locations, for final quantities decrease of $12,616.70, with Bowman seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.Motion carried.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the Change Order No. 1 for an increase of $1,575 for the Davis Barn Road Improvement Project, for the installation of a steel pipe. Brackel seconded the motion.A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.Motion carried.

Brennan stated that some streets located in the North Addition Road Improvement Project have experienced settling issues.  Brennan is requesting commission approval to retain two percent of the entire contract price, from Mayo Construction, to see how the streets hold up over the winter and revisit in the spring of 2015. Brennan will present the proper documentation at the next meeting. 

Bowman County Weed Officer, Randy Gaebe, met for discussion on Brennan’s opinion on the proposed location for the potential maintenance /weed board building.  Brennan stated that it is in the county’s best interest not to erect the building over the site of the geothermal underground wells.    The county may consider erecting a steel building for county maintenance only.  The weed board will review options at a different site for their use.

Bowman County State’s Attorney, Jim Gion, met via telephone conference at 3:25 PM, for his opinion on insurance liability issues for a maintenance crew working on the Rhame Tower, as requested by the landowner.    

Bowman County Deputy Auditor, Mindy Schumacher, met to discuss potential amendments to the employee policy manual and provide an update on the Kronos Time and Attendance System.Brackel made a motion to approve to revising vacation and sick reduction increments from daily to hourly and add language to the policy manual outlining, Compensatory “Comp” Time and Flexible “Flex” Time.Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.Motion carried.

Schumacher outlined a new hiring protocol and recommended approval to implement employment background checks for new potential employees.  Steiner made the motion to approve, with Bowman seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  

Steiner made a motion to appoint Lynn Brackel as the 2014 County NDACo delegate, replacing Christine Septon, as Septon has an event that occurred in her office that she is not able to leave her office at this time, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with Steiner, Abrahamson, Bowman and Braaten voting aye.  Brackel abstained from voting.  Motion carried.        

            Chairman Braaten called the Final Budget Hearing to order at 6:00 PM. Discussion was held on the estimated county mill levies.  At 7:15 PM Brackel made a motion to recess the meeting and reconvene at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, with Bowman 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 reconvened on October 8, 2014, at 8:00 AM, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Bill Bowman, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, and Ken Steiner. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 8:00 AM.

Bowman County Zoning Director, Rory Teigen, met to present the recommendation from the Bowman County Zoning Board to approve the request from Farmers Union Oil Company, to change the zoning of their property from Ag to Industrial.The property is further described as approximately a 31.62 acre tract of land in the SW 1/4, Section 14, Township 131 Range 102. Steiner made a motion to approve, with Bowman seconding the motion.A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.Motion carried.

             Steiner made a motion to reduce the Bowman County Water Resource Board mill levy from 2 mills to one, with Bowman seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken, with Steiner and Bowman voting aye, Abrahamson, Brackel and Braaten voting aye.  Motion failed. 

            Steiner made a motion to approve the final budget, as presented at the budget hearing, with Bowman seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  The levy limitation will be established by the budgets presented by the political subdivisions and approved by the Commissioners as applicable to the North Dakota Century Code. 

            With no further business to discuss Bowman made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:45AM, 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

October 21, 2014
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten

 

             

  1. Consideration for Approval:

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. October 7, & October 8, 2014 Minutes
  4. September Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report

 

  1. Unfinished Business

 

  1. Telephone Company Right-of-Way Easement
  2. Southwest Public Transit - Request for Funding

 

                     

  1. New Business

 

  1.  

 

                      V.        Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

10:00            Southwest Public Transit/Parks & Rec. Director, C.Walby

10:30            Britt Green

11:00            ~Open~

11:30            ~Open~

 

                     Lunch

 

1:15 PM       Bowman County Highway Superintendent N. Hofland

2:00              ~Open~

        

  1.       Public Notices 

 

The Commissioners have been invited to attend the following:

 

              

                 Oct 29th – 6:30 PM      Local Emergency Operations Plan – Bowman City Hall

       

Important Meeting Dates

 

  1.  Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – November 18, 2014  9:00 AM

 

NOTE- The Commissioners will not be meeting on November 4th – Due to Election Day.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will be November 18th at 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

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

Bill Bowman

Commissioner
(701) 523-3188
email

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

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