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PHONE: (701) 523-3130

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

May 07, 2019
9:00 AM

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on May 7, 2019, with the following present: Pine Abrahamson, Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann and Jerry Jeffers. Chairman Brackel called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

             Brackel asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Abrahamson requested time to discuss load limits, zoning ordinance for a shooting range, and the location of trees near a county road. Braaten requested time to discuss the county gravel roads around the Scranton area.   Abrahamson made a motion to approve, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

            The following vouchers were approved by a motion made by Jeffers, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

7916-7968

April Payroll

$161,587.98

 

Social Services

$1,792.88

30556

Ameripride

$181.92

30557

A2Z Printing

$90.00

30558

Bowman Auto Parts

$306.88

30559/30605

Bowman County Fair Association

$100.00

30560/30561

Bowman County Treasurer

$898.15

30562

Bowman Parks & Recreation

$21,850.00

30563

Bowman Lodge

$125.00

30564

Brosz Engineering

$42,226.50

30565

Bronson's

$94.61

30566

Bowman Sales & Service

$100.58

30567

Cerberus

$3,556.27

30568

Certified Power, Inc.

$40.08

30569

Chief Supply

$54.99

30570

City of Bowman

$152.55

30571

City of Rhame

$2,600.00

30572

City of Scranton

$3,200.00

30573

Country Media

$712.38

30574

Consolidated

$2,445.27

30575

Dacotah Paper

$327.99

30576

DMC Wear Parts

$2,216.00

30577

Frank Eberle

$32.10

30578

Eido Connect

$196.00

30579

Frontier Travel Center

$13.00

30580

Gall's

$23.99

30581

ITD

$546.03

30582

John Deere Financial

$643.05

30583

Sydnee Kidd

$31.32

30584

KPOK

$20.00

30585

Lyle Signs

$606.79

30586

MCI

$122.94

30587

MDU

$2,543.03

30588

Midwest Card and ID Solutions

$300.00

30589

Midcontinent Communications

$85.00

30590

Nelson International

$60.02

30591

Newby's Ace Hardware

$434.82

30592

Northwest Tire

$42.06

30593

Paystubz

$254.62

30594

ProPoint Cooperative

$7,744.68

30595

Randy's Welding

$2,381.65

30596

Ray's Repair

$37.64

30597

Max Robison

$212.10

30598

Aaron Roseland

$75.40

30599

SBM

$274.07

30600

Bonnie Stinchfield

$12.73

30601

SWMCCC

$10,045.50

30602

Woodley Construction

$79.15

30603

Andrew Weiss

$32.50

30604

Wild & Weiss Law Office

$2,500.00

 

            Jeffers made a motion to immediately remove the current road restrictions, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                         Braaten made a motion to approve the April 16, 2019 minutes, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously. Buchmann made a motion to approve the May 1, 2019 minutes, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

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

City of Bowman Park Board members Darwin Wilke and Robert Wokal and director, Chanell Walby are exploring options to purchase the theater.  The park board is inquiring if the county would loan the money to purchase the theater at zero percent interest.  Walby presented the estimated financials, which included the potential purchase price, projected operational costs and projected income.     They will be meeting with the City of Bowman Council members. The park board members will assess the interest of other entities and report back.

Bowman County State’s Attorney Andrew Weiss joined the meeting at 10:25 AM.  Discussion was held on North Dakota Century Code 44-04-22, Conflict of Interest.   Weiss stated that the conflict must be a direct and substantial interest of a commissioner, that would warrant them from abstaining from voting.  

Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs, Gary Brennan and Lucas Doerr, from Brosz met to discuss road projects. Discussion was held on the 2019 Chip Seal Bid.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve the low bid of $ 1,088,704.81 for Schedule I, Schedule II, plus Alternate A, B, & C,  pending the  City of Bowman’s acceptance of Schedule II and Alternate C, submitted by Astech Corporation. If the city does not approve Schedule II & C the county will proceed with approval of Schedule I, Alternate A and B. Braaten seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

Buchmann made a motion to approve the joint powers agreement with the City of Bowman for the costs of Schedule II and Alternate C, if the bid is accepted by the city.  Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

 

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the combined Amor/Grand River Township request for 2-30-foot x 48-inch culverts and 1-30-foot x 24-inch culvert, with the understanding that each township will be assessed twenty-five percent of the cost, with the county’s cost share of fifty percent.  Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

 Biggs provided an inventory of all county owned gravel pits and presented the results of the speed limits recorded on the Gascoyne South road.   

Brennan and Biggs met recently with the Langberg Township supervisors to review their projected project.

Biggs will place a dead end sign on 163rd Ave, which was requested by John Lee Njos, and place signage on the ninety degree curves on the Loop Road.

At 1:15 pm the bid opening took place for Fencing and Erosion Control for 152nd Ave SW Schedule I and Schedule II.  The only bid submitted was by Fox Hills Fencing, for Schedule I was $226,400 and Schedule II was for $98,436.25 totaling $324,836.25.  Abrahamson made a motion to approve the bid, with Buchmann seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

                        Braaten made a motion to approve the Homestead Credit application for a refund of $105.77 for 2018 taxes. The residence is located in Lots 10-11, Block 8, Original Townsite, City of Scranton.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

                        Braaten made a motion to approve the Application for a Rebate of Taxes in the amount of $745.32 for 2018 taxes, as the ownership of the building reverts back from commercial to farm exempt.  The building is located on a 2.0-acre commercial tract, NW1/4 Section 14 Township 131, Range 102. Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

                        Braaten made a motion to approve the April 27, 2019, Bureau of Land Management report. Buchmann seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

.                       Buchmann made a motion to approve the Mutual Aid Agreement with the City of Bowman, with Braaten seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                        Bowman County Sheriff Frank Eberle and Bowman County Emergency Manager Dean Pearson inquired if the commission would approve safety training on a quarterly or semi-annual basis for staff members.  Buchmann made a motion to conduct mandatory quarterly safety meetings, for all county staff members, with Jeffers seconding.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye. Motion carried.

                        Bowman County Social Service Director Shonda Schwartz joined the meeting for discussion on the new Human Service Redesign, which will allow continued property tax relief.  The commissioners requested Schwartz to draft a Letter of Intent to Adams, Hettinger and Slope County Commissioners, inquiring if they would consider joining with Bowman County to commit to a four county zone, as per the requirements of Senate Bill 2124. Schwartz will submit the Letter of Intent in the near future. 

                        With no further business to discuss, Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:55 pm, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.                                                                      

                                                                                    Lynn Brackel (s) Chairman

                                                                        Board of Bowman County Commissioners

 

ATTEST:  Sandra K. Tivis (s) Bowman County Auditor

County Commission Agenda

May 21, 2019
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance

        

  1. Consideration for Approval:

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. May 7, 2019 Minutes
  4. Certificate of Deposit Investment Rates

 

  1. Unfinished Business

           

  1.  Senate Bill 2124 – Social Service Resign
  2. Unorganized Township Road Maintenance
  3. Fencing Policy
  4. 2020 Budget Guidelines
  5. 2017/2018 Rath & Mehrer, P.C. Audit Report

 

  1. New Business

 

A.

 

  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

10:00 AM  Dakota Women’s Correctional Center Warden Rachelle Juntunen

  1. Apex Clean Energy Representatives
  2. Bowman County Highway Superintendent S. Biggs

 

                  LUNCH

 

1:15 PM Bowman County Rural Ambulance Annual Meeting

  1.            ~Open at Time of Publication~

       

 

            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

 

  1. Public Notices 

 

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

 

  1. Important Meeting Dates

 

  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting – June 4, 2019 9:00 AM

 

  1. Adjourn

County Commission Meeting

REGULAR COMMISSION BOARD MEETINGS:

The Bowman County Board of Commissioners generally holds its regular monthly meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 9:00 AM.  Meetings may be rescheduled from time to time if necessary; see the Meeting Calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

The public is welcome at every meeting.  Appointments are not required but members of the public wishing to address the board are encouraged to contact the County Auditor at (701) 523-3130 for further information. 

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 have 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 Buckman

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 is attending NDSCS for paramedic 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 and he spends many hours working with his youngest daughter and fiancé on the home place.Pine is married with 4 children and 3 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 owned a plumbing business and served the Southwest North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota areas for over 30 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 is married to Judy with 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