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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.

County Commission Minutes

Jan 10, 2023

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.

 

36293 Alacia Coates $293.00
36294 Andrew Weiss $105.00
36292 Advanced Business Methods $4,570.84
36295 Balco Uniform $289.91
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
36301 Brosz Engineering $1,290.00
36302 Calibre Press $378.00
36303 Consolidated Telcom $2,613.83
36304 Dakota DustTex $176.20
36305 Dakota Western Insurance $46,881.00
36306 First International Bank & Trust $2,558.10
36307 Gall’s $227.78
36309 Jason Anderson $105.00
36310 Jodi Freier $105.00
36311 John Johnson $29,737.00
36312 Josh Hetland $105.00
36313 Karla Germann $105.00
36314 MCI $88.64
36315 Mindy Schumacher $137.76
36316 ND Association of Counties $11,225.63
36317 Nelson International $225.30
36318 Newby’s Ace Hardware $92.93
36319 Northwest Tire $2,628.36
36320 Quadient Leasing $1,079.88
36321 Randy’s Welding $862.18
36322 S&T Custom Plumbing $1,546.40
36323 Savage Group $1,156.00
36324 Steve Beylund Construction $330.00
36325 Tab Electronics $3,356.15
36326 Westlie Truck Center $357.70
36327 Woodleys Construction $21.97
36328 Bowman County Fair Assn $200.00
36329 First International Bank & Trust $4,586.17
36330 MDU $3,280.43
36331 NW Tire $392.14
36332 Otis Elevator Service $1,033.20
36333 RDO Equipment $63,247.46
36334 John Deere Financial $99.66

 

36428 Amy Baker $13.23
36429 Bergan KVD $171.94
36430 Boss Office Products $322.49
36431 Bowman Auto Parts $499.04
36432 Bowman County Treasurer $383.88
36433 Bronson’s Marketplace $11.98
36434 Cerberus Security $1,752.00
36435 City of Bowman $2025.20
36436 Consolidated Telcom $1,386.19
36437 EIDO Connect $48.00
36438 ESRI $400.00
36439 ITD $926.50
36335 *John Deere Financial $939.15
36444 National Sheriff’s Assn $71.00
36441 ND911 Assn $25.00
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
36446 Nelson Intenational $147.10
36427 *North Dakota State Treasurer $99.23
36448 OnSolve (CodeRed) $5,234.15
36449 ProPoint $2,753.90
36450 RELX, Inc $47.00
36451 Salamander Technologies $6,075.00
36452 Scranton Equity $11,454.40
36453 State Tax Commissioner $135.77
36454 Sydnee Kidd $17.01
36455 Theodore Roosevelt Expressway $4,000.00
36456 Tyler Technologies $2,240.00
36457 VanGuard Appraisals $7,900.00
36458 Vortex $389.99
36459 Wallaceburg Bookbinding & Mfg $123.23
36460 Warne Chemical & Equipment $325.04
36461 West Plains $53.88
36462 Woodley Construction $49.91

 

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

County Commission Agenda

Jan 24, 2023 – 9:00 AM

Call to order Chairman Braaten

 

Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer by Pastor Ray Sherwood

      

Consideration for Approval

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. January 10, 2023 Minutes
  4. 2023 Radar Service Contract
  5. 2023 County Road Department Rates
  6. Trane Service Agreement
  7. Resolution, Clerk of Court Legislation

 

Unfinished Business

 

New Business

    1. Request from Elder Care

 

 

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

 

 

Public Notices

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

 

 

 

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

Lynn Brackel

Commissioner
(701) 523-3749
email

 

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:

  • Bowman County Zoning Board
  • Southwest Multi-County Correction Center Board of Directors
  • Yesterday’s Farmers Treasurer
  • Dakota Territory Collectors Car Club
  • Bowman Lutheran Worship 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)