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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

February 17, 2015
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 in February 17, 2015, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, and Lynn Brackel.  Absent:  Bill Bowman and Ken Steiner. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.

Chairman Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda.   Braaten received correspondence from the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division, and requested time to discuss.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve the agenda, 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 Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

22120

AccuSource

$194.00

22121

Advanced Business Methods

$770.71

22122

Ameripride

$116.79

22123

Allan Andersen

$750.00

22124

ASC Construction Equipment

$3,614.30

22125

Atmospheric Resource Board

$4,375.00

22126

A2Z Printing

$22.74

22127

Bowman Auto Parts

$514.14

22128

Baymont Inn & Suites

$74.70

22129

Bowman County Treasurer

$16.33

22130

Bowman Glass

$7.71

22131

Lynn Brackel

$240.30

22132

City of Bowman

$136.50

22132

City of Bowman

$1,454.00

22133

Country Media

$615.49

22134

Consolidated

$1,458.21

22135

Datrue

$4,271.67

22136

DJ's Tesoro

$25.81

22137

Double EE Service

$19.90

22138

Frank Eberle

$35.00

22139

Flower Nook

$27.95

22140

Farmer's Union Oil Company

$32.93

22141

ITD

$428.65

22142

Ken's Supervalu

$213.77

2222143

KPOK

$20.00

22144

Lexis Nexis

$57.00

22145

Mahlon-Smith Repair

$800.00

22146

Mid-States Organized Crime Info. Center

$100.00

22147

ND Association of Counties

$400.00

22148

NDAWN Center

$500.00

22149

ND Insurance Department

$80.00

22150

ND State Water Commission

$300.00

22151

ND Weed Control Association

$415.00

22152

Northwest Tire

$1,829.02

22153

Quill

$25.47

22154

Randy's Welding

$47.51

22155

Ray's Repair

$1,630.20

22156

RDO Equipment

$769.60

22157

Respond Systems

$37.95

22158

Rhame Legion Hall

$75.00

22159

Slope Electric

$306.10

22160

Secretary of State

$36.00

22161

S&T Custom Plumbing

$442.00

22162

SW Auto Supply

$76.10

22163

SWMCCC

$4,626.50

22164

Tab Electronics

$1,064.00

22165

Trane

$1,374.20

22166

Vanguard Appraisals

$312.50

22167

Wilson Construction

$8,370.00

 

Brackel made a motion to approve the minutes from February 3, 2015, as corrected, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously

Brackel made a motion to accept the audit agreement from Rath & Mehrer, for the years of 2013 and 2014, which will be begin on March 23, 2015, at a cost of $7,500, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  The agreement was previously accepted on October 21, 2014.     

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the Utility Permit submitted by Denbury Onshore, LLC, for boring 88th Street and 163rd Avenue Southwest.  Brackel seconded the motion.    

Representatives from the following agencies were present for discussion on exploring options to utilize a portion of the current airport site for wetland mitigation measures:  North Dakota Aeronautic Commission, North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), US Army Corps of Engineers,  Bowman County Economic Development Corp, Brosz Engineering, Bowman County Airport Authority and Bowman County Pioneer.  Gary Brennan, from Brosz Engineering, presented a map outlining the potential area.  North Dakota Department of Transportation representative, David Dewald, stated that the NDDOT is interested in updating roads located in the western part of the state and has a future need for wetlands acreage to meet their goal in having a wetland bank in every service area located in the state.  Bowman County would also benefit from having a wetlands area set aside for road projects and could partner with the state.  Previously, the county addressed the wetland mitigation measures through the design process of each road project.  The NDDOT is willing to consider all options, and asked the county to draft a plan of costs and the wishes to present in a future joint meeting. 

Discussion was held on the revisions to the Employee Policy Manual.  Tivis reviewed suggested changes and Karla Germann met on behalf of the county tech committee and outlined the proposed communications and computer policy.  A revised draft will be presented for final approval on March 3, 2015.

At 1:15 PM bids were opened for Road Oil.  The following bids were submitted:

                                                Pass CR           HFMS-2           CSS-1H (50% dilute         Freight per Ton

Western Emulsions                  $752.00                       $417.00                       $217.00                                               $44.00

            Flint Hills Resources, LP          No Bid             $593.30                       $343.20                                               $118.00

 

            Brackel made a motion to accept the bid submitted by Western Emulsions, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Hofland and Brennan discussed easements necessary for the Megger’s Road project.   Steiner met via telephone conference.   Abrahamson made a motion to amend the authorization, previously adopted on December 16, 2014, to establish 2015 land value rates for crop land from $600 an acre to increase to $1,000 acre and increase the value of grass land from $450 an acre to $750 an acre.   Brackel seconded the motion.     A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Brackel made a motion to adopt the following resolution, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried

Resolution for the Adoption of Fees for Purchases Made by Townships for Road Project Materials

    1. Townships will be billed for 20% of the gravel rate, which is set annually by the county commission

    2. Townships will be billed for 20% of the purchase price of all culverts

    3. Any project using more than 200 cubic yards of gravel will require prior approval by the county                             commission

 

Consideration for approval for an Approach Permit, located near 13304 85th St SW, was denied due to a lack of a motion to approve.    

Correspondence was reviewed from the North Dakota Department of Transportation requesting assistance identifying locations within the county where pedestrian and highway/rail traffic safety could be improved.  Hofland will contact representatives to discuss

Landowners that will be involved with the potential Buffalo Springs Road Project will be invited to attend the March 3, 2015 commission meeting, for a project outline.  Hofland will contact the landowners.       

Gus Watson, foreman from Cofell’s Plumbing and Duane Steckler, Bowman County Maintenance Manager, met to provide an update on the heating and air conditioning conversion process.  

Bowman County Treasurer, Christine Septon, met to present the January 2015 Treasurer’s Report/Bank Reconciliation Report.   Brackel made a motion to approve the report, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously. 

Christine Septon outlined the process involved with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle branch operation.  Training will be scheduled in Bismarck for both the treasurer and deputy treasurer. 

            With no further business to discuss, Brackel made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:18 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

 

 

 

 

 

       OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF

THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BOWMAN COUNTY, BOWMAN, NORTH DAKOTA

 

            The Board of County Commissioners met in special session on February 20, 2015, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, and Duane Steckler.   Absent:  Bill Bowman and Ken Steiner. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.

            A telephone conference call was held with Jay Cofell, owner of Cofell Plumbing.  Discussion was held on the heating and air conditioning conversion process.  Cofell stated that the county needs to investigate areas for possible presence of asbestos.

            Abrahamson made a motion to authorize Brackel negotiation authority to secure Badlands Environmental Consultants, Inc. to conduct an asbestos survey.  Braaten vacated the chairman position and seconded the motion.

A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

            Brackel made a motion at 10:04 AM 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, Bowman County Auditor

 

County Commission Agenda

March 03, 2015
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Braaten

           

  1. Consideration for Approval:

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. February 17, 2015  Minutes
  4. Utility Permit – Denbury-  Erickson CTB to Buchholz SWD Water Transfer Pipeline
  5. Employee Policy Manual Update

 

  1. Unfinished Business

 

  1.  

 

  1. New Business

 

  1. Bowman County Employee Cell Phone Policy 

 

                   Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

10:00                        Teran Doerr - Bowman/Slope Community Foundation

10:30                        Bowman County Development Corp            

11:30                        ~Open~

 

LUNCH

 

1:15 PM       Proposed Buffalo Springs Road Project

2:30             

          

    Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

 

  1. Public Notices 

 

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

 

       

VI.    Important Meeting Dates

 

  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – March 17,  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

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