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.
The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on January 10, 2023, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Josh Buchmann, Jerid Janikowski and Jerry Jeffers. Chairman Braaten called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Pastor Ed Kvaale shared a prayer.
Janikowski moved to reappoint Braaten as the 2023 board chair. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes, except Braaten who abstained from voting. Motion carried. Jeffers moved to reappoint Abrahamson as the 2023 vice chair. Janikowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes, except Abrahamson, who abstained from voting. Motion carried.
Braaten asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Buchmann moved to approve the agenda. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.
The following December 29, 2022, and January 10, 2023, vouchers were approved by a motion made by Jeffers, with Janikowski seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.
|36292||Advanced Business Methods||$4,570.84|
|36296||Black Hills Ammunition||$617.00|
|36297||Boss Office Products||$1,793.91|
|36298||Bowman Co Development Corp||$5,000.00|
|36299||Bowman Co Historical Society||$2,508.45|
|36300||Bowman County Treasurer||$78,007.00|
|36305||Dakota Western Insurance||$46,881.00|
|36306||First International Bank & Trust||$2,558.10|
|36316||ND Association of Counties||$11,225.63|
|36318||Newby’s Ace Hardware||$92.93|
|36322||S&T Custom Plumbing||$1,546.40|
|36324||Steve Beylund Construction||$330.00|
|36326||Westlie Truck Center||$357.70|
|36328||Bowman County Fair Assn||$200.00|
|36329||First International Bank & Trust||$4,586.17|
|36332||Otis Elevator Service||$1,033.20|
|36334||John Deere Financial||$99.66|
|36430||Boss Office Products||$322.49|
|36431||Bowman Auto Parts||$499.04|
|36432||Bowman County Treasurer||$383.88|
|36435||City of Bowman||$2025.20|
|36335||*John Deere Financial||$939.15|
|36444||National Sheriff’s Assn||$71.00|
|36442||ND Association of Counties||$1,090.78|
|36443||ND County Auditors Assn||$100.00|
|36445||ND Emergency Mgr Assn||$80.00|
|36444||ND State Radio Communications||15,807.60|
|36447||ND State Treasurer||$5,453.91|
|36427||*North Dakota State Treasurer||$99.23|
|36453||State Tax Commissioner||$135.77|
|36455||Theodore Roosevelt Expressway||$4,000.00|
|36459||Wallaceburg Bookbinding & Mfg||$123.23|
|36460||Warne Chemical & Equipment||$325.04|
Abrahamson moved to approve the December 20, 2022, minutes with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.
Bowman County Maintenance Manager, David Horn, met to discuss the county cars. The Chevy Equinox needs to have HVAC control replacement and due to the age and mileage of the vehicle, he wanted to make sure the commissioners were in favor of getting the vehicle fixed. The commissioners would like Horn to get the car repaired.
Jeffers moved to approve the December 2022 Month-End Bureau of Land Management Report, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.
Bowman County Treasurer, Anita McLaughlin, met to present the December 2022 Treasurer’s Daily Cash Settlement/Bank Reconciliation Report. Janikowski moved to approve the report, Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.
Abrahamson moved to increase the mileage reimbursement rate from .63 cents per mile to .66 cents per mile effective January 1, 2023. Janikowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.
NDSU Extension Service West District Director, Jim Gray, and Bowman County NDSU Extension Agent, Penny Nester met to give a quarterly update. There was also discussion on a Family and Community Wellness Extension Agent.
Guest present; Jim Bartholomy.
Buchmann moved to approve the Citizen Participation Plan and Code of Conduct for the CDBG program. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.
Janikowski moved to amend the 2022 Commissioner 1 budget to from $23,046.00 to $23,096.04, because of a shortage due to Continued Education costing more than anticipated. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes, except Jeffers, who abstained from voting. Motion carried. Jeffers moved to amend the 2022 Elections budget to from $26,000.00 to $30,176.75 because of the increasing costs of printing, programming, publishing and increase in wages paid to election workers. Buchmann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried. Abrahamson moved to amend the 2022 K-9 budget to from $1,500.00 to $10,303.94 due to K9 Ruby’s medical bills and passing and then purchasing and training new K-9 Lulu. Janikowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried. Janikowski moved to amend the 2022 Rural Ambulance budget from $900.00 to $1,532.00 because of a shortage due to underestimating insurance cost. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried. Abrahamson moved to amend the 2022 Veterans Service Officer budget to from $20,535.00 to $26,440.50 due to an increase in wages due to staff overlapping for a month, software and computer purchase, and the additional advertising done by the new Veterans Service Officer in order to reach veterans. Janikowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.
Abrahamson moved to approve the December 2022 Recorder and Sheriff Fee Collection Reports. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.
Janikowski moved to approve the following special deputies as 2023 Deputy Sheriffs for Bowman County, only when asked by the Bowman County Sheriff, the Bowman County Commissioners, or the Bowman County State’s Attorney, to act as a Deputy Sheriff for special assignments or have been asked to help in an emergency situation, if any law enforcement officers seek assistance: Rory Teigen, Sherri Teigen, Larry Johnson, Randy Gaebe, Jodi Freier, Charles Headley, Angie Eberle, Trevor Bergerson, Wyatt Sabo, Danyel Titus, Trenton Harbaugh, Nick Eisele, Tim Grube, Art Cox, Victor Wells, Tad Lewton, Megan Lien, and Remi Jason Master. This authorization will allow these individuals to be covered by North Dakota Workforce and Safety and will also allow them to drive the vehicles owned by Bowman County. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.
Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs, and Lucas Doerr, Brosz Engineering, met to discuss road projects.
Dakota Western Bank representatives Duane Bowman and John Burke, and Bowman County Treasurer, Anita McLaughlin, met to provide updates to their services offered.
Discussion on Southwest Night with the Legislators on Feb 13, 2023. Abrahamson moved to donate $1000 toward the event. Buchmann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.
Abrahamson moved to reappoint Keith Kempenich to the SW Dakota Human Service Zone Board for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2023. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.
Abrahamson moved to appoint Jerry Jeffers as county commission representative to the SW Dakota Human Service Zone Board for one year. Janikowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.
At 2:30 PM Janikowski moved to adjourn the meeting, 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
Jan 24, 2023 – 9:00 AM
Call to order Chairman Braaten
Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer by Pastor Ray Sherwood
Consideration for Approval
Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance
9:30 AM Charles Headley, Bowman City Chief Of Police
10:00 Teran Doerr
11:00 Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs
Elected Officials Office Updates & Other
The County Commission has been invited to attend the following events and/or meetings:
BCDC Annual Meeting, February 8, 2023, Bowman Golf Course, 5:30 PM
2023 SW Night with the Legislators, February 13, 2023, Bismarck Hotel and
Conference Center, 4 PM
Important Meeting Dates
Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –February 7, 2023, 9:00 AM
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Monday – Thursday:
7:30am – 12:00pm MT
12:30pm – 4:30pm MT
7:30am – 12:00pm MT
(Closed on Legal Holidays)