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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

June 02, 2020
9:00 AM

OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS OF

THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BOWMAN COUNTY, BOWMAN, NORTH DAKOTA

 

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on June 2, 2020, with the following present: Rick Braaten, Lynn Brackel, Josh Buchmann and Jerry Jeffers. Chairman Brackel called the meeting to order at 9:01 AM. Pine Abrahamson was absent.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Pastor Ed Kvaale shared an opening prayer via telephone conference.

 Brackel asked for corrections or additions to the agenda. Braaten made a motion to approve the agenda, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried.  

The following vouchers from June 2, 2020, were approved by a motion made by Jeffers, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

8631-8663

May Payroll

$124,947.89

32520

AccuSource

$9.79

32521

Ameripride

$240.21

32522

Bowman County Treasurer

$309.99

32523

Steve Beylund Construction

$1,967.50

32524

Brosz Engineering

$98,704.97

32525

Burke Ranch Trucking

$7,238.88

32526

Dacotah Paper

$46.42

32527

Election Systems & Software

$891.26

32528

First International Bank (Visa)

$1,398.52

32529

Brian Fischer Construction

$5,760.00

32530

Fox Hills Fencing

$1,436.00

32531

Galls

$86.36

32532

Gooseneck Implement

$14,250.00

32533

Government Forms & Supplies

$190.00

32534

ITD

$23.98

32535

John Deere Financial

$233.88

32536

Lomco Inc.

$1,617.76

32537

Matthew Bender & Co.

$65.43

32538

MCI

$286.83

32539

Anita McLaughlin

$53.94

32540

MDU

$1,782.75

32541

NDDOT

$565.92

32542

Newby's Ace Hardware

$200.98

32543

OffRoad Software

$2,025.00

32544

Paystubz

$177.02

32545

RDO Equipment

$395.16

32546

SeaChange

$1,320.14

32547

S&T Custom Plumbing

$91.49

32548

SWMCCC

$29,367.33

32549

Warne Chemical

$126.20

32550

Weather TAP

$127.85

32551

Western Emulsions

$10,539.00

 

 

 

 

 

                        Braaten made a motion to approve the May 19, 2020 minutes with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried.  

                        Bowman County Treasurer Anita McLaughlin met to present the May 2020 Treasurer’s Report Daily Cash Settlement/Bank Reconciliation report.  Jeffers made a motion to approve, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.  

                        Jeffers made a motion to rollover the $500,000 Certificate of Deposit for another six-month period, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote the motion was carried unanimously. 

                        Braaten made a motion to approve the May 2020 Recorder and Sheriff’s Revenue Collection report, with Buchmann seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

                        Jeffers made a motion to approve the Application for Refund of Taxes due to an error in the property description.  The property is located in Lots 7-8, Block 11, Original Townsite, Rhame City.  The refund amount is $312.05 for 2019 taxes.    Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                        At 10:00 AM Chairman Brackel called the Municipal Shale LLC Conditional Use Hearing to order.  Present:  Bowman County Planning and Zoning Co-Directors Jodi Freier and Dean Pearson.  Municipal Shale LLC representative John Throckmorton was present via telephone conference.  The Bowman County Planning and Zoning Board approved the Conditional Use Permit on May 14, 2020, with the condition that weed control management will be completed around the area, and recommended final approval from the county commission board. The Conditional Use Permit would alter the land use from agricultural to commercial, and is located in NE ¼ Section 26, Township 132 North Range 104 West, for the placement of a cell phone tower.  Braaten made a motion to approve, with Jeffers seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.  Throckmorton stated that the plan is to have the 195-foot tower completed by September 2020.  It is designed for six total tenants, of which three will be reserved for national carriers and the additional two for two regional carriers. 

                         Bowman County Emergency Manager Dean Pearson, Assistant Emergency Manager Karla Germann, Bowman County Clerk of Court/Recorder Jan Werre, Bowman County Sheriff Frank Eberle and Administrative Assistant Bonnie Stinchfield, Bowman County Treasurer Anita McLaughlin, and Courthouse Maintenance Director David Horn met to discuss the courthouse health and safety protection measures due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.   Germann reported that she completed a survey of courthouse staff.  The Motor Vehicle Branch office must continue to assist guest by appointment only as the North Dakota Department of Transportation will not allow offices to be opened.  Also, the North Dakota Extension Office must remain closed at this time.  In order to meet the State of North Dakota required mandates, the courthouse will continue to assist guests by appointment only. The commissioners will review the current policy at their next meeting on June 23, 2020. 

                        North Dakota Association of Counties Assistant Executive Director of Policy-Legal Counsel Aaron Birst joined the meeting at 11:00 AM via telephone conference.  Present for the discussion was Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs and Brosz Engineering representative Lucas Doerr.  Discussion was held on the provision in North Dakota Century Code and the opinion from the North Dakota Attorney General assessing the needs of the townships for culverts. 

                        Commissioner Abrahamson joined the meeting, via telephone conference, at 11:18 AM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        Braaten made a motion to approve the following revised Resolution for the Adoption of Fees for the Purchase of Gravel, Culverts and Bands, with Abrahamson seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

            WHEREAS, the Bowman County Commission has the authority under N.D.C.C. 11-11-14.4 to establish charges for any county products or other services, and to control the property of the county.

            BE IT RESOLVED, therefore the Bowman County Commission has adopted the following requirement for the fee assessed for gravel and culverts:

            GRAVEL

 

Townships and Bowman County residents will be responsible for one hundred (100) percent of the cost of gravel, at the rate that is in effect at the time of purchase.

 

Any township requesting more than 200 cubic yards of gravel, per project, or a resident of Bowman County requesting more than 50 cubic yards of gravel, per project, will be required to obtain approval from the county commission, prior to starting the project.  If the request is less than two hundred (200) cubic yards of gravel, per project, for townships or fifty (50) cubic yards of gravel, per project, for a resident of Bowman County, they will be required to obtain approval from the Bowman County Highway Superintendent, prior to starting the project. 

A resident of Bowman County will be responsible to pay 100% of the cost of gravel, culverts and bands at the rate that is in effect at the time of purchase.

Restrictions may be placed on the quality of the gravel requested, based upon the project, as designated on the application submitted by townships or individuals.

                 CULVERTS

 

Township supervisors, and/or contractors, shall be responsible for inspecting each culvert on a project before requesting a new replacement culvert to determine whether it warrants a new replacement or if the existing culvert can be modified or improved to satisfy the project’s needs.

The person or persons inspecting the culvert will be required to acknowledge they have looked at the culvert or culverts on the Materials Request Form prior to turning in the request. Failure to do so may result in a delay in getting the request approved.

Townships will be required to maintain a minimum of nine (9) mills to be eligible for fifty (50) present cost share of the cost on culverts and bands.  It will be the discretion of the township to levy a minimum of nine (9) mills.   REQUEST EXPIRES DECEMBER 31ST OF EACH YEAR.

 

                        Braaten made a motion to approve the request from Goldfield Township to replace existing culverts.  The township will be responsible for fifty (50) percent of the culvert cost and the total cost of the installation.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                        Abrahamson made a motion to pay the charges incurred by Brosz Engineering for the culvert inspection in Goldfield Township. Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

                        Braaten made a motion to advertise for gravel crushing bids from the Kelner Pit if an agreement is executed with the owners agreeing to sell an additional 30,000 cubic yards.  Buchmann seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

                         Abrahamson made a motion to approve Anderson Western’s Change Order No. 3 for the 2018 Road Improvements Project at an increase of $51,929.79, for final quantities.  Jeffers seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

                        Commissioner Abrahamson departed the meeting at 12:20 PM.

                        At 1:15 PM Chairman Brackel called the Unorganized Township Equalization meeting to order.  No guests were present.  Freier outlined state mandates and stated that there were not any valuation concerns presented from the floor during the April Equalization meetings. Buchmann made a motion to approve the assessment rolls as presented for the Unorganized Townships, with the agricultural land increasing by three (3) percent, no change on values for residential and commercial properties.  Jeffers seconded the motion.   A roll call vote was requested with all members voting aye.  Jeffers made a motion to adjourn at 1:36 PM, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

At 1:36 PM Chairman Brackel called the County Equalization meeting to order. No guests were present.  Pearson outlined state mandates and stated that there were not any valuation concerns presented from the floor during the April Equalization meetings. Braaten made a motion to approve no change in values, county-wide, for commercial property, a three (3) percent increase in agricultural values, county-wide, and a three (3) percent decrease in the City of Bowman residential values, based upon the City of Bowman’s recommendation.  Buchmann seconded the motion.   A roll call vote was requested with all members voting aye. Motion carried.  Braaten made a motion at 1:54 PM to adjourn, with Jeffers seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Pearson provided an update to farm residence exemptions. If the application forms that were sent to the owners are not returned to his office, he will contact the property owner to physically assess their residence and place a value on the home, which will then become taxable property, as per state mandate.

Braaten made a motion to declare the TM12 Rock-O-Matic Windrower Vin No. T12 202 as surplus property.  Buchmann seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

                        Commissioner Abrahamson joined the meeting, via telephone conference, at 1:55 PM.

Bowman County State’s Attorney Andrew Weiss joined the meeting at 2:00 PM.  Dean Pearson was also present for the discussion.  Weiss has been contacted by an attorney representing the Able, Inc. Board of Directors and their management team expressing interest on the possibility of purchasing delinquent tax property located in Bowman County.

Commissioner Abrahamson departed the meeting at 3:00 PM.

                        Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 3:36 PM, with Braaten seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                    Lynn Brackel (s) Chairman

                                                                        Board of Bowman County Commissioners

County Commission Agenda

July 07, 2020
8:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance – Prayer – Pastor Ed Kvaale

        

  1. Consideration for Approval

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. June 23, 2020 Minutes
  4. June Treasurer’s Report– Daily Cash Settlements/Bank Reconciliation Report
  5. June 2020 Month-End BLM Report
  6. June 2020 Recorder/Sheriff Fee Collection Report

 

  1. Unfinished Business

     

  1. Joint Powers Agreement for Bowman/Talbot Township for Paulson Seed Road Maintenance

 

  1. New Business

 

  1. Request from Econ Dev Corp Census Marketing Expenses
  2. Tyler Technologies Financial Software License and Contract

 

  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

9:00 AM Bowman County Department Heads – 2021 Budget Requests

                 10:30 AM Bowman County Highway Superintendent

                  Bowman/Talbot Township Supervisors

 

                  LUNCH

 

1:15 PM ~Open at Time of Publication~   

                  1:45 PM Bowman County Department Heads – 2021 Budget Requests    

     

            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 –July 21, 2020 8:00 AM

 

        NOTE –The meeting will be starting at 8:00 AM rather than 9:00 AM

 

  1.  Adjourn

 

County Commission Meeting

Bowman County Commission generally meets the first and third Monday of each month at 9am in the Bowman County Courthouse Commissioner's Room.

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 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 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