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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

August 20, 2019
9:00 AM

The Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on August 20, 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 made a motion to approve the agenda, with Buchmann 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.

31124

Balco Uniform

$8.34

31125

Bowman Auto Parts

$86.97

31126

Bow County Development Corp.

$454.05

31127

Bowman County Historical Society

$5,000.00

31128

Bowman County Treasurer

$36.00

31161

Bowman County Treasurer

$125,000.00

31129

Bowman County Treasurer

$311.93

31130

Gene Belle

$120.00

31131

Burke Ranch Trucking

$7,560.00

31132

City of Bowman

$10.50

31133

Country Media

$563.32

31134

Dacotah Paper

$343.54

31135

Dunn County

$30.00

31136

Dakota Western Insurance

$39.00

31137

Frank Eberle

$15.99

31138

Farm & Home Publishers

$465.00

31139

Fox Hills Fencing

$16,544.00

31140

Gall's

$97.45

31141

Gooseneck Implement

$15,763.72

31142

Gina Harder

$20.00

31143

ITD

$542.35

31144

Jerry Jeffers

$46.40

31145

Lomco Inc.

$1,810.08

31146

Midco

$85.00

31147

NDSU Extension Service

$7,640.42

31148

ProPoint Cooperative

$11,915.53

31162

ProPoint Cooperative

$7.48

31149

Radisson Hotel

$507.60

31150

Aaron Roseland

$46.52

31151

SBM

$88.28

31152

Scranton Equity

$26.13

31153

Slope Electric

$480.98

31154

#1 Stop Sign Shop

$65.50

31155

Total Safety

$11.00

31156

Underground Vaults & Storage

$200.00

31157

Verizon

$425.24

31158

Woodley Construction

$3,267.60

31163

Woodley Construction

$11.56

31159

Western Dakota Energy Association

$4,750.00

31160

Wild & Weiss Law Office

$1,250.00

 

Abrahamson made a motion to approve the August 6 and August 15, 2019 minutes, with the correction.  Buchmann seconded the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.

Bowman County Sheriff Frank Eberle met to discuss the need to increase the civil service fees to serve legal documents to individuals.   Eberle has suggested a $40.00 fee, for individuals living within in boundaries of the City of Bowman and $60.00 for individuals living outside the boundaries of the city.  The fee increase will be effective immediately.   Braaten made a motion to approve, with Buchmann seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Braaten made a motion to approve Bowman County Sheriff Frank Eberle as the 2019 delegate from Bowman County for the annual North Dakota Association of Counties meeting, which will be held in Bismarck in October.  Abrahamson seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Abrahamson made a motion to approve purchasing a 1000-gallon fuel tank, with a 110v fuel pump, from ProPoint at a cost of $2,000, from Bureau of Land Management funds.  Their quote also includes a meter, filter and setup costs. Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.    

CORE representative Chris Peterson met to request a $500 donation for the annual safety session to be held at the Bowman County Public High School.  The seminar will educate approximately 150 students, encompassing eight schools in the area.  Braaten made a motion to approve with State Aid funds. Buchmann seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

 Bowman County Information Technology advisor Karla Germann met to discuss the suggested timeframe for county email retention.  The commissioners asked Germann to email all staff members the suggested recommendations. 

Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs and Gary Brennan and Lucas Doerr, of Brosz Engineering, met to provide updates. 

Braaten made a motion to approve paying Chad Njos $8,610,  for the removal of the fence and the placement of the temporary fence,  necessary for the Griffin Road project.   The agreement was made to reimbursement Njos fifty percent of the contractor price.   Buchmann seconded the motion. A roll call vote taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Abrahamson made a motion to approve a 30-foot by 36-inch culvert requested by Boyesen Township, with the township being responsible for fifty percent of the cost.  Braaten seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

Jeffers made a motion to approve the Langberg Township request for 90-feet of culvert by 24-inch culvert and three 24-inch bands, with the township being responsible for fifty percent of the cost. Buchmann seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried.

Bowman County State’s Attorney Andrew Weiss joined the meeting at 1:15 pm.  Weiss recommended the passage of the Bowman County Asset Forfeiture Fund and Procedure, as outlined in North Dakota Century Code 19-03.1-36.2, 19-03.1-36.6, 19-03.1-36.7 and 19-03.1-36.8,  that he presented for approval.   Abrahamson made a motion to approve the agreement, as presented, with Buchmann seconding the motion.  A roll call vote was taken with all members voting aye.  Motion carried. 

 

 

Bowman County staff members joined the meeting for an update on the 2020 budget process.

Bowman County Water Resource Board member Leland Sather and Bowman Township Board member Randy Gaebe met to provide an update of the recent water board meeting. Bowman Township previously completed road work on the Liberation Road and placed a new culvert, which has redirected water to adjacent property owners.  Bowman Township will consider securing an opinion from an engineer for an opinion to remedy the problem. 

                        With no further business to discuss, Jeffers made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 2:30 pm, with Abrahamson seconding the motion, and upon a vote, the motion was carried unanimously.                      

                                                                                    Lynn Brackel (s) Chairman         

                                                                                     Board of Bowman County Commission

 

 

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

County Commission Agenda

September 17, 2019
9:00 AM
  1. Call to order Chairman Brackel

 

  1. Pledge of Allegiance

        

  1. Consideration for Approval:

 

  1. Agenda
  2. Vouchers
  3. September 3, 2019 Minutes

 

  1. Unfinished Business

           

  1. Unorganized Township Road Maintenance
  2. Fencing Policy

 

  1. New Business

 

  1. ND Department of Transportation Special Road Fund Project Application –

                                         Bowman County Water Resource Board

 

 

  1. Scheduled Appointments Made in Advance

 

10:00AM Public Hearing on Resolution 11 – Wind Energy Ordinance

11:00AM Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs      

 

                  LUNCH

 

1:15PM Bowman County Water Resource Board Secretary Beckie Hodell

1:45PM Bowman County Highway Superintendent Shane Biggs

Unorganized Township Members

       

            Elected Officials Office Updates & Other

 

 Public Notices 

 

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

 

October 6-9, 2019   Annual North Dakota Assoc. of Counties Convention –Bismarck

         

  1. Important Meeting Dates

 

  1.       Next Regularly Scheduled Commission Meeting –October 1, 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