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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

January 11, 2022

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on January 11, 2022, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann 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.

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

The following December 29, 2021, and January 11, 2022, vouchers were approved by a motion made by Buchmann, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

34928 Advanced Business Machines $354.82
34929 Amy Baker $5.04
34930 Bowman Auto Parts $861.67
34931 Bowman County Treasurer $87,193.85
34931 Bowman County Treasurer $32.07
34932 Budd-Falen Law Offices $350.00
34933 Blue 360 Media $77.75
34934 Boss Office Products $377.66
34935 Bowman Sales and Service $289.44
34936 Consolidated Telcom $109.00
34937 Double EE Service $582.51
34938 Dakota Western Insurance $45,471.00
34939 First International Bank & Trust (Visa) $2,693.84
34940 The Flower Nook $50.00
34941 Farmers Union Insurance $490.34
34942 John Deere Financial $2,503.25
34943 Matthew Bender and Co Inc $93.85
34944 MCI $88.97
34945 MDU $2,557.79
34946 Midco $85.00
34947 Nelson International $1,740.97
34948 Newby’s Ace Hardware $216.27
34949 Northwest Tire $6,287.16
34951 Propoint Cooperative $6,857.46
34950 Otis Elevator Company $998.28
34952 Radisson $259.20
34953 RDO Equipment $3,324.95
34954 SBM $21.77
34955 Tyler Technologies $1,960.00
34956 Westlie Truck Center $51.34
9420-9464 December Payroll $126,145.04
35005 Accusource $92.79
35006 Best Friends Mentoring Program $5,000.00
35007 Boss Office Products $547.93
35008 Bowman City $135.28
35009 Bowman County Development Corp. $1,400.00
35010 Bowman County Historical Society $8,246.79
35011 Bowman County Treasurer $633.50
35012 Bowman Sales and Service $723.53
35013 Cerberus Security $1,752.00
35014 Consolidated Telcom $1,123.17
35015 Dakota Prairie Helping Hands $2,850.00
35016 Eido Connect $98.00
35017 Esri Inc $400.00
35018 Family Connection $630.00
35019 Governsoft $13,919.00
35020 ITD $562.45
35021 Jeff Noreen $96.17
35022 KPOK $20.00
35023 ND 911 Association $25.00
35024 ND Association of Counties $11.00
35025 ND Clerks Association $100.00
35026 ND State Water Commission $5,000.00
35027 ND Surplus Property $40.00
35028 NDACE $150.00
35029 NDEMA $100.00
35030 Northwest Tire $37.91
35031 Onsolve LLC $4,819.67
35032 Paystubz $187.80
35033 Professional Auto Body $100.00
35034 Propoint Cooperative $140.60
35035 Randy’s Welding $18.94
35036 Relx Inc (Lexis Nexis) $45.00
35037 Roosevelt Custer Regional Council $9,170.00
35038 S and T Custom Plumbing $1,277.35
35039 Salamander Technologies $2,250.00
35040 Scranton Equity $70.86
35041 SBM $394.65
35042 Sunrise Youth Bureau $5,000.00
35043 SWMCCC $4,555.00
35044 The Badlands Patriot $418.22
35045 Theodore Roosevelt Expressway $4,500.00
35046 Trane $9,140.62
35047 Tyler Technologies $2,240.00
35048 Vanguard Appraisals $6,025.00

 

Abrahamson made a motion to increase the mileage reimbursement rate from .56 cents per mile to .59 cents per mile effective January 1, 2022. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

NDSU Extension Service West District Director, Jim Gray, met to discuss the vacant Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent position. The Commissioners would like to see the position filled.  Gray will get the position advertised.

Buchmann made a motion to lift the burn ban. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye Motion carried

Bowman/Slope 911 Coordinator, Karla Germann, joined the meeting via telephone to discuss the 911 Fund. Current agreement is Slope County submits their annual 911 fee receipts after expenses to the combined fund.  However, since increases in ND State Radio dispatch fees, revenues in both counties no longer cover expenses; therefore, Slope County has nothing to forward to the fund. The contingency in Bowman/Slope 911 accounts is declining and will be depleted by early 2023. In order to continue funding the 911 Budget, general fund money would need to be contributed. Commissioners would like to meet with Slope County to see what can be worked out. Germann will get a meeting set up.

Mike Germann and Daulton Braaten, Rhame Fire Department, met to request Bowman County ARPA funds to purchase turnout gear, coats, pants, and coveralls for their department. Estimated total cost is $70,704.50. Rhame Fire Department would pay for 20% of the cost. Buchmann made a motion to approve 80% of the cost to be paid from ARPA Funds. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Buchmann made a motion to amend the 2021 Audit Fee budget to from $12,500.00 to $13,405.00, because of a shortage due to the audit fees increasing. Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried. Abrahamson made a motion to amend the 2021 Superintendent of Schools budget to from $767.00 to $767.04 because of a shortage due to payroll software rounding. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried. Brackel made amotion to amend the 2021 State’s Attorney budget to from $81,654.00 to $82,118.77 because of an administrative billing error that caused a shortage. Buchmann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried. Buchmann made a motion to amend the 2021 Tech budget to from $51,473.00 to $51,564.75 because of a shortage due to purchasing additional tech support hours. Abrahamson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried. Buchmann made a motion to amend the 2021 County General Miscellaneous Budget to from $41,500.00 to $83,662.78 because of a shortage due to the CARES Act Money that was deposited into and then spent from the Miscellaneous General Account, but was not budgeted from that line item. Jeffers seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the December 21, 2021, minutes with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Brackel made a motion to approve the December 2021 Month-End Bureau of Land Management Report, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the 2022 Radar Service Contract. Brackel seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County Treasurer, Anita McLaughlin, met to present the December 2021 Treasurer’s Daily Cash Settlement/Bank Reconciliation Report.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve, with Brackel seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Buchmann made a motion to approve the December 2021 Recorder and Sheriff Fee Collection Reports. Abrahamson seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Jeffers made a motion to approve the following special deputies as 2022 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, Dick Frederick, Randy Gaebe, Jodi Freier, Charles Headley, Angie Eberle, Trevor Bergerson, Wyatt Sabo, Danyel Titus, Trenton Harbaugh, Nick Eisele, Tim Grube, Art Cox, Victor Wells, Alex Wehrung, 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. Doerr presented the 2022 Hourly Rate Sheet. Discussion was held on putting up a shop ten miles south of Marmarth off the Camp Crook Road. Biggs presented the 2022 County Road Department Rates. Brackel made a motion to approve the following 2022 Road and Bridge rates, with Abrahamson seconding the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

 

Tandem Truck $115.00
Tandem Truck w/Flatbed Trailer $125.00
Tandem Truck w/ Plow & Sander (Plus Sand) $140.00
Single Axle Truck w/Sander          (Plus Sand) $120.00
Tandem Water Truck $120.00
Truck/Tractor w/Lowboy Trailer $130.00
Truck/Tractor w/Belly Dump Trailer $130.00
Motor Graders w/Packers $140.00
Motor Grader w/Wing & or Plow $150.00
Motor Grader w/Front Mount Retriever Disc $140.00
Front End Loader $120.00
Backhoe $110.00
Skid Steer $100.00
Tractors $100.00
Tractor  w/Mower $120.00
Tractor w/Sprayer $115.00
Tractor w/Mulcher $120.00
Tractor w/  Retriever Disc $115.00
Tractor w/Blue Ox Road Shaper $135.00
Tractor w/Packer $115.00
Tractor w/Snow Blower $150.00
Packer/Compactor / Self-Propelled $100.00
Wheel Packer / Pull behind $50.00
Skid Steer / Simex Asphalt Float $150.00
Dura-Patcher $280.00
Broom / Self-Propelled $100.00
Pickups $60.00
Pickups w/Trailers $70.00
Sign Truck / Bucket Truck $100.00
Laborers $50.00
Maps $10.00
Gravel $8.00 / CY
Hestekin Pit Gravel $12.50 / CY
Gravel @ Shop /Yard $14.00 / CY
Crushed  Scoria $6.00 / CY
Crushed Scoria @ Shop / Yard $10.00 / CY
Reject Gravel Fines $3.50 / CY
Reject Gravel Fines @ Shop /Yard $9.00 / CY
Ballast Rock @ Shop (Not For Sale) $30.00 / Ton
Chip 3/4″ $48.00 / CY
Chip 3/8″ $48.00 / CY
Dirty Chip 14.00 / CY
Cold Mix Market Value
Top Soil $20.00 / CY
Recycled Asphalt (Not For Sale) $25.00 / CY
Crushed Recycled Asphalt (NFS) $29.00 / CY
Salt-Sand (1-3 Mix) $50.00 /CY
Large Rip Rap $25.00 /CY
Small Rip Rap $15.00 / CY
Bridge Plank / Used $6.00 / FT
Team Patch $14.50 / Bag
Cutting Edges 5/8″ (Blade) Market Value
Carbide Edges Market Value
Cutting Edge Bolts/Nuts Market Value
Snow Wing Edges Market Value
Fence Material Market Value
Grass Seeding – Gravel Pits POR
Grass Seeding – Ditches POR
Mulching POR
Waddles Market Value
Gravel-Royalty Plus Damages $2.00 / CY
Scoria-Royalty Plus Damages $1.00 / CY
Reject Sand / Natural Fines-Royalty $1.00 /CY
Land Value / Crop $1,000.00 / Acre
Land Value  / Grass $750.00 / Acre
Temporary Easement  / Cropland $50.00 / Acre
Temporary Easement / Grass $28.00 / Acre
Used Steel Culvert (Per Size/Condition) $6.00- $10.00 / FT
Used Concrete Culvert (Per Condition) $6.00- $10.00 / FT
New Culvert Market Value
Telespar Market Value

 

Discussion was held on appointment of a member to the Bowman City Zoning Commission. As per NDCC 40-47-06, the board of county commissioners is responsible to appoint a person to the city zoning commission that resides within the territorial limits of the City of Bowman. An ad will be sent out to see if there are any interested individuals.

Bowman County Emergency Manager, Dean Pearson, met to discuss the Emergency Management Program. Bowman County Assistant Emergency Manager, Karla Germann, joined the meeting via telephone. Pearson will be retiring April 29, 2022, so decisions will need to be made regarding his positions with Bowman County. He is currently Emergency Manager, Tax Director, and Co-Zoning Director. Commissioners will gather more information and continue discussion at up-coming meetings.

At 2:30 PM Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting, with Abrahamson 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 18, 2022 – 9:00 AM

Call to order Chairman Braaten

 

Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Pastor Ray Sherwood

     Consideration for Approval:

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. January 18, 2021 Minutes

 

Unfinished Business

           

  1. Tax Director/Zoning Director/Emergency Manager Positions

 

New Business

 

 

 

Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

9:30 AM    Bowman County Fair Board

10:00         Nicole Njos, State Fair Delegate

11:00         Shane Biggs, Road Superintendent

                  

                              LUNCH

 

1:15 PM     Open at Time of Publication

 

            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

   

  • Public Notices

 

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

 

             

Important Meeting Dates

 

  • Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – February 1, 2022 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)