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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.

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF

THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BOWMAN COUNTY, BOWMAN, NORTH DAKOTA

 

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on May 7, 2024, 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.

 

Bowman County Clerk of Court/Recorder, Jan Werre, swore in new Bowman County Treasurer, Sydnee Kidd. Guests present: Karson Pederson, Garrett Kidd, Jeff and Tina Fjelstad, Karla Hill, Brad Mosher.

 

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

 

The following May 7, 2024 vouchers were approved by a motion made by Buchmann, with Janikowski seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes, except Abrahamson, who abstained from voting. Motion carried.

April Payroll  $ 201,552.68
38307 Andrew Weiss  $     3,150.00
38308 First International Bank &Trust  $     2,932.96
38309 John Deere Financial  $     1,830.39
38311 MidCo  $        108.82
38312 Montana Dakota Utilities  $     2,896.32
38313 MCI  $          83.20
38314 A2Z Printing  $        985.36
38315 Accusource  $        126.23
38316 Advanced Business Methods  $        453.91
38317 Bergan KVD  $        162.34
38318 Boss Office Products  $     1,067.83
38319 Bowman Auto Parts  $        215.36
38320 Bowman County Fair Assn  $          70.00
38321 Bowman County Treasurer  $          36.00
38322 Brosz Engineering     $    47,816.07
38323 Budd Falen Law Office  $     1,128.69
38324 City of Bowman  $     1,484.10
38325 Clubhouse Hotel & Suites  $        385.20
38326 Colin Dunn  $        123.00
38327 Consolidated Telcom  $     1,525.82
38328 Dakota Dust-Tex  $        194.85
38329 Dakota Western Insurance  $          50.00
38330 Dooley Enterprises  $        456.21
38331 EIDO Connect  $        240.00
38332 ES&S  $     1,805.19
38333 Flower Nook  $          65.00
38334 Gina Harder  $          32.00
38335 Kenneth Abrahamson  $     4,455.72
38336 Lawson Products  $        464.01
38337 Medora Robertson  $        806.56
38338 Melissa Soreide  $        759.06
38339 Motorola Solutions  $     5,950.00
38340 ND Dept States Atty Association  $        600.00
38341 NDSU  $        129.00
38342 Newby’s Ace Hardware  $        405.08
38343 ND Age News  $        119.00
38344 ND State Treasurer  $     1,599.47
38345 North Iowa k-9  $        150.00
38346 NW Tire  $        799.04
38347 Nutrien Ag Solutions  $    30,111.95
38348 Penny Nester  $        117.40
38349 RDO Equipment  $        650.07
38350 RELX, Inc  $        176.00
38351 Scranton Equity  $    10,957.00
38352 SWMCCC  $     4,500.00
38353 The Badlands Patriot  $        533.64
38354 West Dakota Parent Res.Center  $        487.92
38355 Y2 Consultants  $     3,524.00
38356 Brosz Engineering  $     5,300.00

 

Janikowski moved to approve the April 16, 2024, minutes with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Jeffers moved to approve the April 2024 Month-End Bureau of Land Management Report, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Bowman County Treasurer, Sydnee Kidd, met to present the April 2024 Treasurer’s Daily Cash Settlement/Bank Reconciliation Report. Abrahamson moved to approve the report, Buchmann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.

 

Buchmann moved to approve the April 2024 Recorder and Sheriff Fee Collection Reports. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Buchmann moved to approve the gaming site authorizations from BCDC to conduct electronic pull tabs at Sweetwater Golf Course. Janikowski seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. Abrahamson moved to approve the Raffle Permit Application from NDJHRD to conduct a raffle on May 17 and 18, 2024 at the All-Seasons Arena. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Discussion was held on the RFP for grant Administrative Services for the Jesco Apartments Remodel Project. An amendment for additional funds to cover the administrative services has been submitted.

 

Bowman County Weed Control Officer, Josh Hetland, gave an update on his office.

 

Bowman Regional Public Library representatives Sarah Snavely, Edna Paulson, Marie Snavely, and Jean Nudell gave an update on the library’s Greenspace Project. Total project cost is estimated to be $228,275. The county has already committed $75,000 towards the project. Even with their other contributions, they may be short $65,575. Snavely has applied for grants and reached out to other sources but does not know how much funding she will receive from those sources and would like to get started on the project. The commission agreed to help fund a possible shortfall using ARPA funds.

 

At 9:59 AM, Chairman Braaten recessed the County Commission meeting for the annual meeting of the Bowman County Rural Ambulance Board. Pam Hestekin, President of the Bowman County Rural Ambulance Board, called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM, with the following board members present:  Karen Salter, Jennifer Hestekin, and Darren Limesand. Also present: Darrell West, Chad Njos, Don Hestekin, Brad Mosher, Karson Pederson. The board reviewed the 2023 Annual Meeting Minutes and 2023 Financial Report. Hestekin gave an update on HB 1365. The Ambulance board recommended to the Bowman County Commissioners the following members be appointed to a two-year term: Chad Njos, and recommended Darrel West to be reappointed with a two-year term. With no further business to conduct, Hestekin adjourned the meeting at 10:11 AM.

 

Chairman Braaten reconvened the County Commission meeting at 10:12 AM.

 

Shannon Ellig, Roosevelt Custer Regional Council met to discuss applying for a regional livestock planning grant that the county is eligible for. There is no cost to the county. Jeffers moved to approve Resolution #202401, Resolution approving agreement with Bowman County and Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for the purpose of regional livestock planning grant acceptance. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes, except Buchmann, who abstained from voting. Motion carried.

 

Bowman County Emergency Manager, Dean Pearson, met to discuss correspondence received regarding usage of a cell tower that is located on property owned by Bowman County. Pearson also discussed changes to the Bowman County Emergency Procedures Handbook.

 

Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs, and Billy Doerr, Brosz Engineering met to discuss road projects. Abrahamson moved to approve the Request for Materials from Nebo Township for the purchase of 3600 cy of gravel with the township being responsible for 100% of the cost. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Abrahamson moved to approve the Request for Materials from Grainbelt Township for the purchase of a culvert with the township being responsible for 50% of the cost. Jeffers seconded the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Janikowski moved to approve the Request for Materials from Goldfield Township for the purchase of 3000 cy of gravel and a culvert with the township being responsible for 100% of the gravel and 50% of the culvert. Buchmann seconded the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Doerr presented a Work Order Amendment for Professional Services for an additional $40,000 for the Marmarth Shop Project. Janikowski moved to approve the amendment. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Doerr presented Change Order #001 from Young Gun Construction for an increase of $17,000 for building modifications. Janikowski moved to approve the change order, with Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes. Motion carried.

 

Brad Riely, Wanzek Construction met to discuss the permitting process for approach permits for the Bowman Wind Project.

 

City of Rhame Mayor, Rocky Wallman, met to give an update on the city’s water distribution project. Also present, AJ Tuck, Moore Engineering, Brad Mosher, Karson Pederson, Frank Eberle, Colin Dunn, Shane Biggs.

 

Scott Jansen, APEX, met for discussion on the Bowman Wind Project.

 

David Horn, Bowman County Maintenance Manager, met to discuss the bid received from CM Services for redoing the Jesco Apartment Parking Lot. The estimate is $108,100. Abrahamson moved to approve the project using ARPA funds. Janikowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting yes, except Buchmann who abstained from voting. Motion carried.

 

At 3:27 PM Jeffers moved to adjourn the meeting. Janikowski seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

 

Rick Braaten, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners

ATTEST: Mindy Schumacher, Bowman County Auditor

BOWMAN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024 –  9:00 AM

 

Call to order Chairman Braaten

 

Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Pastor Ed Kvaale

 

       

Consideration for Approval

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. May 7, 2024 Minutes
  4. Abatement #2024-03
  5. 2024 Chip Seal Project Bid
  6. Applications for Local Permit, Bowman County Fair Association

 

Unfinished Business

 

New Business

 

 

Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

9:30 AM    Bowman County Tax Director, Jodi Freier, Bowman County State’s Attorney, Andrew Weiss

10:00         Bowman County Sheriff, Frank Eberle

10:30         BCVSO, Laci Coates

11:00         Bowman County Highway Superintendent, Shane Biggs

11:15         Young Guns Construction

      ~Break For Lunch

1:30 PM    NDSU Extension Agent, Penny Nester

2:00           Scott Jansen, Lukas Geissbuehler, APEX

                                                                                                     

                   Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

 

 

Public Notices

The Commission have been invited to attend the following:

 

 

Important Meeting Dates

 

Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –June 4, 2024, 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

Jerid Janikowski

Commissioner
(701) 440-8445
email

 

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Other Offices Held:

  • Bowman County Zoning 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)