Meeting Minutes

Towner County Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

January 4, 2022

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on January 4, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner.

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the December 2, 2021 regular meeting and the December 23, 2021 special meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Vice-Chair Lagein opened up nominations for Chairman. Doug Berg was nominated.  Odermann moved and Teubner seconded to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Berg.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Chairman Berg opened nominations for Vice-Chair.  Dave Lagein was nominated.  Odermann moved and Teubner seconded to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Sheriff Hillier stated he had put an order in for 2 new computers.  Hillier stated he was trying to get the Sheriff’s office on a rotation schedule for equipment.  End of year stats were given to the Commissioners.  The Commissioners questioned how and when calls were made.  Mental health issues the department deals with were discussed.  A policy on employees reporting violent issues to the Sheriff was discussed. 

States Attorney Josh Frey stated the opioid case was settled.  He doesn’t know if or when the County would see any money from the settlement.  Frey stated he was working on the letters involving road right-of-way infringement. 

Emergency Manager Lori Beck described the IPAWS program which is a reverse 911 system and an emergency notification system.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve the IPAWS participation plan.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Commissioner Odermann questioned how much the radios were going to cost for the emergency responders to become compliant with the SIREN program.  Beck stated the radios would cost the responder units approximately $2,000 per radio.  The Commissioners had previously discussed helping with those costs. 

Wold Engineering recommended the bridges in Maza Township should not be repaired and should be replaced.  The rough estimate to repair the bridges was $530,000 for the west bridge and $380,000 for the east bridge.  These estimates were given providing that no other conditions were uncovered, which was unlikely. The Water Board was also present for the discussion.  There were no representatives of Maza Township present.   A delineated watershed area was discussed.  The map showed all water flowing into the area involving the bridge.

A grant application for HB 1505 funds was discussed.  The County had several bridges that are in need of replacement.  Wold Engineering and Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas recommended the County apply for bridge numbers 119-37.0 and 101-06.1.  These 2 bridges had the lowest rating and highest amount of traffic, which was a criteria for the grant.   Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to follow the recommendation and apply for grant funding under HB 1505 for the two bridges.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering, presented the plans for project for BRO-0048(022), two bridges in Monroe and Grainfield Township. Tagestad reviewed the project with the Commissioners.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve a utility relocation permit for Northern Plains related to the project and wave the permit fee.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Gary Larson was present and wanted to express his opinions to the Commissioners. 

The Commissioners discussed a threat made to the road department by a citizen.  The Commissioners referred Rinas to the Sheriff’s department to report the incident. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve the resolution for the Cafeteria plan.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A bonus for a previous employee was discussed.  Motion to not pay the bonus by Hallaway, seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Amendments to the 2021 budget were reviewed.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to approve amendments as recommended by the County Auditor.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.  Auditor Morlock presented a year end financial report to the Commissioners. 

The next meeting was set for February 8, 2022.    

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                       Towner County Board of Commissioners

TOWNER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

December 2, 2021

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on December 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner.

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Lagein and seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the November 2, 2021 regular meeting and the November 4, 2021 special meeting was made by Odermann and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas presented a priority list with equipment and road projects.  There will be some funding coming to the County through ARPA and Prairie Dog funds. 

Sheriff Hillier talked about computers in the vehicles and a schedule to replace the old equipment.  Hillier stated the department had participated in a field training course.  He stated that 50% was paid for by ND Insurance Reserve.  Hillier stated there had been an increase in mental health calls.  An issue with an employee was discussed with Hillier.  How the phone calls were handled was discussed with Hillier.  Hiring a new officer was also discussed. 

An issue of digging in the County right-of-way was discussed with the States Attorney.  The Commissioners asked the States Attorney to send a letter to some blatant offenders.  Rinas would provide the States Attorney with evidence. 

Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering, was available by phone.  An upcoming box culvert replacement project east of Perth was discussed.  Mitigation acres for the project was discussed.  Motion by Hallaway, seconded by Odermann to approve the certification for project BRO-0048(022). All Commissioner voted aye.  Motion passed.   Right-of- way purchase was discussed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Odermann to offer $600 per acre for the 7.43 acres of permanent easement and $350 per acre for 1.39 acres of temporary easement needed to complete the project.   All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Tagestad updated the Commissioners on the ARPA funds.  Projects for the use of ARPA funds was discussed.  Warranty agreements on equipment were discussed with Rinas.  

Bill Voight, building maintenance supervisor, presented estimates for structural evaluations of the Courthouse.  There were estimates from Heyer Engineering for $3,700 and Icon Architecture for $4,000.  Icon was bringing an architect and a structural engineer with them.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to hire Icon for a structural evaluation of the courthouse.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Voight stated the Armory door was fixed and he was working with the States Attorney to get restitution.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to pay the overage of $477.62 for the HVAC systems out ARPA funds.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion to approve the precinct boundaries as presented by the Auditor by Teubner, seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion to approve the 2022 holiday schedule by Odermann, seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to approve contract and proposed wages for the Towner County Economic Development Executive Director.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to approve budgeted transfers of $36,295 from the weed fund to the general fund and $153,306 from the farm to market fund to the county road fund.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to pay bills.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for January 4, 2022.    

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                       Towner County Board of Commissioners

 

 

SPECIAL MEETING

11/04/2021

A special meeting of the Towner County Commissioners was held on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Towner County Courthouse.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Certification of Community Support for the Towner County Medical Center.  Present at the meeting were Chairman Doug Berg, Vice Chairman Dave Lagein, Commissioners Lance Teubner and Matt Odermann.  Also present was Towner County Medical Center CEO Ben Bucher, and several community members representing the Hospital and the City of Bisbee. 

Commissioners asked questions concerning the financing of the 58 million dollar project.  Bucher answered their questions, stating that interest rates were low and Medicare allowances would fund a large portion of the payment, so replacing the building made sense at this time.  Bucher also stated there would be two loans at roughly 2.25%, one at 30 years and one at 35 years and that no local match was required.  Commissioner Hallaway entered the meeting at 6:40 p.m.  Commissioners questioned if the Hospital would be going to the citizens for a mill levy vote to support the Hospital.  Bucher said they would be at the next election. Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to support the project.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

 

 

Doug Berg                                                                                           Joni Morlock

Chairman, Towner County Commissioners                            Auditor/Treasurer

 

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

 November 2, 2021

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on November 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the October 6, 2021 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated that the heat pumps in the States Attorney and Auditors office had been installed.  Voight stated that the door at the Armory was vandalized and the Sheriff’s department was investigating.  The building committee had discussed going forward with estimates for a new chair lift.  The building committee would like to get a structural engineer to look at the building before making large investments in building improvements.  Voight would get estimates for the structural engineer. 

Sheriff Kennedy was on hand to go over a proposal for wages for his department.  Motion to accept proposed wages for the Deputy Sheriff’s by Hallaway, seconded by Odermann.  Upon roll call vote, Commissioners Odermann, Hallaway and Berg voted aye.  Commissioners Lagein and Teubner voted nay.  Motion passed.  Deputy Andy Hillier was called upon to tell the Commissioners about his experience.  Hillier stated that he would like to maintain the standard of investigation the County currently has.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway       to appoint Andy Hillier as Sheriff starting November 15 upon the resignation of Sheriff Kennedy.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion to pay Hillier a starting salary of $60,000 with a 5% increase going into effect in 2022 by Odermann, seconded by Teubner.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Sheriff Kennedy stated computers need to be replaced.  The future Sheriff Hillier will be coming to the Commissioners with an estimate for the computers.  Commission Chair Berg presented Kennedy with a gift and thanked him for his service. 

Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering was on hand to update the Commissioner on bridge projects in Monroe and Grainfield Townships.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to give Kevin Rinas permission to work with Wold for wetland approval on the Township bridge project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Citizens disturbing the slope of the road was discussed with Wold Engineering.  A copy of the road policy pertaining to this issue will be mailed out with the tax statements.  A blatant offender will be referred to the States Attorney.

Tax Director Sheri Leas was on hand to update Commissioners on what she has been doing since she started her position in August.  Leas updated the Commissioners on OnX and where we were at.  She stated the State was responsible for the OnX information and Towner County was in their Que.   Leas stated she has done a large amount of training and has 2 courses to go to get her level one assessors certification.  Leas stated that she has updated the Assessor website but is still mailing out forms for exemptions. 

The Water Board and Maza Township officers were on hand to discuss a bridge in Maza Township.  The bridge \ has been condemned by the State and will cost over 1.5 million dollars to replace.  The bridge in question was under the water when they were here to inspect it and it was condemned.  Rinas was instructed to get an engineer back here to inspect the bridge now that it is not under water to make sure it is structurally damaged. Wold Engineering will inspect the bridge and give us an estimate to replace or repair. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to recommend Joseph Parker to the North Central Planning Council as a Towner County at large representative to replace Robert Timms.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Odermann to approve the minimum sales prices on the foreclosed properties as recommended by the County Auditor after adding $30,000 to all properties with residential structures.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion to approve a zoning permit by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to Matt Odermann.  All Commissioner voted aye.  Odermann abstained.  Motion passed.     

The Certificate of Support for the hospital was discussed.  Commissioner Odermann voiced his concern of the professionalism of the letter that was sent to the Commissioners.  Commissioners also questioned if taxpayers would end up being responsible for paying off the debt in the event the hospital could not afford future payments.  There was a motion and a second to table the issue and invite the hospital to next the meeting. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to pay the bills.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.

Auditor Morlock discussed redistricting with the Commissioners.  Morlock also gave a brief historical comparison financial report to the Commissioners. 

The next meeting was set for Thursday, December 2nd.   

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                       Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

October 6,2021

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on October 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the September 7, 2021 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Lindy Berg was on hand to update the Commissioners on where they were at with the City water being dug into the weed shed.  She was still working with the contractor and the City.  Berg updated the Commissioners on extension projects and stated they had 25 kids participate in project day and 80 kids participated in safety day in Rock Lake. 

Kevin Walford, Butler Machinery, stated there was a 5% increase in machines before October 1st which would amount to $17,000 for Towner County on the next blade purchase.  Walford stated he had a machine that met Towner County’s specifications price protected at the rate before the 5% increase.  The price of the new blade is $351,117 with a $127,000 guaranteed trade in on the old blade.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to proceed with ordering the new blade with payment occurring in 2022.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas was on hand.  A bridge in Maza was discussed.  Rinas was going to talk to the Water Board and the Water Board would be present at the next Commissioner meeting to discuss the issue.  Rinas said they were no longer graveling due to a concern the gravel would not set up before winter. 

Bill Voight stated the roofing for the Armory gym and the extension flooring was completed.  Voight stated the estimates received for HVAC systems were $9,169 for the Auditor’s office and $11,710 for the States Attorney’s office.   Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve $20,879 be taken out of ARPA funds to pay for the HVAC systems.  Commissioner Odermann requested there be a plan for the expenditure of the remaining ARPA funds.  Upon roll call vote, Commissioners Lagein, Hallaway, Berg and Teubner voted aye.  Commissioner Odermann voted nay.  Motion passed. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated they were working on getting new radios installed.  Kennedy also stated they were busy with drug testing.  Sheriff Kennedy had previously emailed the Commissioners a letter of resignation.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to accept Sheriff Kennedy’s resignation effective November 15, 2021. 

North Central Planning Commissions at large position was tabled until the next meeting due to no nominations available.  Department head reviews were discussed.  It was decided to put off reviews and follow the HR consultant’s advice on how to review department heads.  Each department head would have a Commissioner assigned to them, who would sit down with the department head and set up goals for the upcoming year, which would then me reviewed at the end of the year. Department heads were assigned as follows:  Road Superintendent and Emergency Manager – Doug Berg, Maintenance Supervisor – Lance Teubner, Recorder – Bob Hallaway, Auditor – Dave Lagein, Tax Director – Matt Odermann.

Kathy Benson, Veterans Service Officer, was on hand to give an annual report on what is happening within Towner County. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to nominate Dave and Jannel Lagein to the ND State Fair Board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to pay the bills.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The interview committee for the Clerk of Court/Recorder position recommended current Deputy Clerk of Court Kendall Brehm be awarded the position and recommended a starting salary be set at $60,000.    Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to accept the recommendation. Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The budget hearing meeting was opened at 10:00 a.m.  No citizens appeared at the hearing.   There being no changes in the budget, motion to approve the final budget was made by Odermann, and seconded by Hallaway. Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners vote aye.  Motion passed.  A motion to adjourn the budget hearing was made at 10:15 a.m.

ARPA Funds were discussed.  A plan to discuss ARPA funds with all department heads was made.  An application will be made so that ARPA funds can be applied for through an organized means. 

The next meeting was set for November 2, 2021   

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                       Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

September 7, 2021

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on September 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the August 3, 2021 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight was on hand and stated the roofers at the Armory were waiting on materials.  HVAC systems in the auditor’s office, states attorney’s office and extension conference room were discussed. Funding for the project would be taken from the ARPA funds.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve the project and approve the dollar amount at the next meeting.  Upon roll call vote, Commissioners Lagein, Hallaway, Berg and Teubner voted aye.  Commissioner Odermann voted nay.  Motion passed.  Voight would have the actual amounts at the October meeting.  Installing the railing at the Memorial Building was discussed. 

Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering, stated the Federal aid project east of Cando will be bid in November.  The Federal aid work sheet and the Federal bid process was discussed.  Road Supervisor Kevin Rinas stated they had started crushing gravel.  Bridge work, drainage and special assessments in Maza Township were discussed.  Rinas stated he would work on mowing cattails and trees this month. 

Recorder Jolene Hoffert was on hand to request ARPA funds be used to finish scanning the mortgage books.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to release $25,000 of the ARPA funds for record scanning.  Upon roll call vote, Commissioners Teubner, Berg and Lagein voted aye.  Commissioners Hallaway and Odermann voted nay.  Motion passed. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated the elevators were no longer allowing him to weigh trucks.  Kennedy stated he was not getting any complaints on over-weight vehicles. 

Mike Britain, County Parks, was on hand and stated the vaulted toilet at Armourdale was installed and submitted an invoice for the project.  Game and Fish had inspected Armourdale Dam and had a list for Britain to take care of.  Building a base ramp for the boat dock area at Armourdale was discussed.  It would be researched and put in budget for next year.  The garbage bill at the parks was discussed.  Britain stated he would look into it, but stated the parks have been extremely busy.  Signage for Snyder’s lake was discussed.  Britain stated the dock for Snyder’s lake is on back order. 

Motion to approve bills by Odermann, seconded by Teubner.  Upon roll call vote, all voted aye.  Motion passed.

Megan Laudenschlager of Strengthen ND was contracted by North Central Planning, through a grant, to help County’s do some strategic and economic planning. Laudenschlager was on hand to question Towner County Commissioners about what information they would like to derive from a survey that would be conducted.  Commissioners brought up ideas such as daycare capacity, housing, affordable and elderly housing, keeping existing businesses going,  jobs, workers and new businesses, in home care for elderly, and value added businesses (farmers market, entrepreneurs marketing items).  A target audience was discussed with Commissioners suggesting all residents of Towner County as well as alumni and current students.  Laudenschlager stated she would have a survey ready to go out in November of this year.    

A replacement for the North Central Planning Council at large position left vacant by Bob Timms was discussed.  A nomination would be brought to the next meeting. 

Kaitlin Atkinson, Vision Zero regional coordinator, was on hand to explain the Vision Zero program.  It is the States strategic highway safety program which is looking to eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities in North Dakota.   Atkinson’s position is to educate the public and she stated she is currently focusing on teen drivers as that is where most of the fatalities occur. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to stop the victim witness advocate money from going to the Devils Lake SAAF program and allocate the funding to the Towner County Victim Witness program.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Interviews for the Recorder/Clerk of Court position were discussed.  Commissioners Hallaway, Odermann and Auditor Morlock were appointed to the interview committee.

Motion to do performance reviews this year as recommended by the HR consultant by Odermann, seconded by Lagein.  All commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. It was questioned how Commissioners could review department heads if they don’t work with them on a daily basis.  Auditor Morlock would come up with a more basic review process for department heads that would be meant to open up communication channels. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to appoint Dave Lagein as the County delegate at the NDACO conference in October.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Odermann to update the covid policy to what was presented by Public Health.  All Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.   

The next meeting was set for Wednesday Oct 6th. 

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                       Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

August 3, 2021

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on August 3, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner.

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Lagein and seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the July 6, 2021 regular meeting and the July 20, 2021 special meeting was made by Odermann, and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated he was progressing on the grant for a security system for the Courthouse and Armory. 

A roofing estimate for the Cando Armory was discussed.  D&D Roofing provided an estimate for $68,783.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Odermann to approve the roof project.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight talked about heat pumps and other cooling systems at the Armory. The issue was referred to the building committee.

Gravel was discussed with Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas.  A garage door in Rock Lake was discussed.  Rinas stated blading was getting tough with the dry conditions.  Rinas requested Commissioners tell people in their area to not pile grass on the roads as it makes it harder to blade the road. 

Lindy Berg, NDSU Extension Agent, stated the City of Cando would like the water to go from the North of the weed building instead of the South, so Berg is still working on that project.  Berg gave an update on extension activities including testing water, the community garden and safety day. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to affirm the eminent domain committee’s offer of $3,000 per acre for the outstanding parcel.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to pay the bills.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye.   Motion passed. 

Mike Britain, County Parks, stated the shipping date for the dock at Snyder’s Lake was August 6th.  The vaulted toilet at Armourdale was discussed.  LR environmental health would like to be on site and wanted a $200 install license fee.  The issue was referred to Towner County Public Health for a variance.  Britain stated Armourdale Campground has been heavily used this summer.  Beaver trapping at Snyder Lake was discussed.  After a new law was recently passed, you cannot hunt waterfowl, but other game is legal to hunt at Snyder’s Lake Campground.  Britain asked about posting the property.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to not post Snyder’s Lake.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.    

Hearing no objections from the public, motion by Lagein, seconded by Odermann to approve the 2nd reading of Ordinance #2021-01 to change the Clerk of Court/Recorders position from elected to appointed.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye. Motion passed. As the current Clerk/Recorder is retiring, the position will be advertised this month.  A hiring committee will be appointed at the next meeting. 

 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to appoint Carlee Thompson to the Public Health Board to replace Val Pederson.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Fuel prices and a bid from Legacy Cooperative was discussed. 

The preliminary budget was discussed in detail.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to approve the preliminary budget as finally edited by the Board of Commissioners.  Upon roll call all voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Rhonda Allery, Social Services Director, was on hand to go over the 2022 budget for Social Services. 

The next meeting was set for September 7, 2021.  

  

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

 

 

 

 

 

Special Meeting

Minutes

July 20th, 2021

There was a special meeting of the Towner County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 at 7:30a.m. in the basement of the Towner County Courthouse. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Tax Director position. Present were Commissioner Chair Doug Berg, Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Lance Teubner, Matt Odermann, and Bob Hallaway. Also present was Sheriff Bob Kennedy.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Doug Berg.

Recommendations of the interview committee were discussed. Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to offer Sheri Leas, the Tax Director position at $60,000. Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.

The current Deputy Tax Director/Victim Witness advocated position was discussed. Motion by Tuebner, seconded by Odermann to reorganize the Tax Director/Victim Witness advocate position and terminate the employment of the current Deputy Tax Director/Victim Witness advocate. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion passed. Motion by Odermann , seconded by Hallaway to give Campbell severance pay and benefits for one additional pay period. Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

Regular Meeting

Minutes

July 6th, 2021

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on July 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann and Bob Hallaway.  Commissioner Lance Teubner was absent.   

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the June 1, 2021 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

States Attorney Josh Frey stated his office was still in the process of obtaining right of way for the project east of Cando from the NDDOT.  Frey stated the most efficient way to obtain the Eggl property was to use an eminent domain quick take process in order to insure the property was aquired in a timely matter so the project could still be bid this year.  Frey explained the process as approving a resolution and board.  The board needs to be the County Auditor and 2 other County officials.    Motion to proceed with the resolution as presented as well as appointing Commissioner Hallaway, States Attorney Frey and Auditor Morlock to the board by Odermann and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to sell the 2013 140 M2 blade to Butler for $116,000.  Upon roll call all voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion to finance the lease of a new 150 15A AWD Motor Grader with American Bank at a rate of 3.24% fixed by Lagein, seconded by Odermann.  Upon roll call, all voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Commissioner Odermann gave a public health update on environmental health.  Permitting of a vaulted toilet was a problem in Towner County and the involvement of a State legislator was needed in order to obtain the permit.  Local public health would like to contract with someone other than Lake Region District Health. 

The dock at Snyder’s lake was discussed.

Commissioner Odermann moved that Lori Beck be nominated for the NDACO Excellence in County Government award.  The motion was seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Commissioner Hallaway was appointed to the Dakota Prairie Community Action Board. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to approve omitted property as submitted by Auditor Morlock.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to approve the selection consultant interview committee’s recommendation for hiring Wold Engineering, P.C. for construction engineering services for SC-4819(063) gravel and grading of the hog barn road.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to give employees a PTO day for the Juneteenth holiday.  All Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.

 

Commissioner Odermann left the meeting.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to approve a contract with Pierce County to house inmates for 2022 and 2023.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to accept the resignation of Towner County Clerk of Court/Recorder Jolene Hoffert.  All Commissioner voted aye. Motion passed.

Motion to approve the first reading of Ordinance #2021-01 to change the combined office of Recorder/Clerk of Court from an elected to appointed position by Lagein and seconded by Hallaway.  Upon roll call vote, all voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The Tax Director position was discussed.  An interview committee was appointed with Doug Berg, Lance Teubner and Joni Morlock filling the appointments.    

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to pay the bills.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   

Auditor Morlock gave an update on ARPA funds and funding options were discussed.

The next meeting was set for August 3, 2021

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

Regular Meeting

Minutes

June 1st, 2021

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on June 1, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the County courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner.  Commissioner Lagein was absent. 

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the May 4, 2021 regular meeting was made by Odermann and seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Extension agent Lindy Berg was on hand to present estimates for getting water to the County weed building.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Hallaway to allow Berg to move forward with the project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Kevin Rinas presented a quote for dust control on a County road west of Bisbee.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to deny the request.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering and States Attorney Josh Frey were on hand to discuss an easement for right of way which could not be obtained for a project east of Cando.  The eminent domain process was discussed.  Motion by Hallaway, seconded by Odermann to start the process of eminent domain.  A discussion was held.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye. Price increases in gravel were discussed for the project east of Cando.  Concerns of the completion date for the project were discussed.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to pull the June bid.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The building committee had gone over County policy #520 regarding the use of County equipment and vehicles and presented an amended policy.   Motion by Odermann, seconded Hallaway to approve the policy as amended.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion to extend the burn ban for Red Flag burning thru July 6, 2021 by Odermann.  Motion died for lack of a 2nd.  Motion by Hallaway to extend burn ban thru July 1, 2021, seconded by Teubner.  Upon roll call vote, Commissioners Teubner, Hallaway and Berg voted aye. Commissioner Odermann voted nay.  Motion passed.

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve a zoning permit for Kyle McConnell.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Oderman, seconded by Teubner to approve a conditional use permit for Central Power Electric Coop.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Hallaway, seconded by Teubner to appoint Joni Morlock the Title VI Coordinator.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to pay the bills.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Commissioner Odermann stated the Armourdale vaulted toilet had still not been permitted. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated the Sheriff’s department is on s summer schedule with an extra guy (the school resource officer).  Kennedy stated this allowed them to allow for vacation and officer training.    

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Odermann to create a new fund for the ARPA funds.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion to recess and reconvene at 10:00 a.m. as the Tax Equalization Board. 

Tax Equalization Director Bonnie Good took control of the meeting. City properties were discussed.  Hansboro omitted property, and Cando and Perth foreclosed properties were disclosed. 

Township properties were discussed. Virginia Township properties were discussed first as the representative of Virginia Township had to leave.  Tax Director Good recommended a different valuation on 2 parcels that the Virginia Township Assessor had come up with. The Virginia Township representative recommended Assessor Hendrickson’s value. The Virginia Township property owners were not present. Assessor Hendrickson stated that due to his misunderstanding of the use of the depreciation software, his calculation of depreciation for the 2 parcels was excessive.  Motion by Commissioner Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve the County valuation recommendation for the 2 parcels in Virginia Township.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve late farm residence applications as presented.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. A property in Howell Township was discussed. An application for a Vacant/Retired farmer was received in January and approved. At the April Township Equalization meeting it was brought to the attention of the Director of Equalization/Assessor that the residence was being occupied by non-farmers, upon further discussion they would not qualify for the exemption, I indicated that I would follow up with a valuation to present to County BOE. A Notice of Increase was mailed to property owner address on record, no response received as of today. Motion by Teubner, seconded by Odermann to approve valuation. Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye.  A spreadsheet showing adjustments made by the County Tax Director to several parcels in several Townships was presented to the Commissioners.   None of the property owners were present. Tim Hendrickson stated that after meeting with the Tax Director, he now had a better understanding of how the depreciation software worked, and that he had indeed calculated depreciation that was excessive on the parcels presented.  Good stated that, of the properties Hendrickson assessed, 11 of the 44 residential and 7 of the 16 commercial parcels had excessive depreciation, and questioned the inconsistency of the issue.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to accept the 2021 County recommendations for adjustments to Townships as presented by the County Tax Equalization Director.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Odermann to approve the inundated applications as presented.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.

 Motion to approve Commercial values as presented by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion to approve Residential values as presented by Oderman, seconded by Hallaway.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion to approve Agriculture values as presented with no increase by Oderman, seconded by Hallaway. Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

There was a motion to adjourn as the Board of Equalization and reconvene as Board of County Commissioners. 

The Tax Equalization Director position was discussed.  Motion by Oderman, seconded by Hallaway to advertise position as full time with salary DOE and have an interview committee with 2 Commissioners and the Auditor.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Bonnie Good would be present for the interviews in an advisory, none voting capacity. 

Motion by Hallaway, seconded by Teubner to change Courthouse hours to 8:30-4:30 with staggered ½ hour lunches. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The Commissioners discussed whether to offer full family health to employees. The cost to the County to do this was approximately an additional $271,000.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to budget a 5% raise to employees for 2022 with no changes being made to health insurance at this time.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for. July 6th. 

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

Regular Meeting

Minutes

May 4th, 2021

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on May 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner.

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the April 6, 2021 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

States Attorney Josh Frey addressed an open records request from Marvin Tuomala regarding the posting of 45 mph signs for trucks on County roads.  Frey stated that it took a while for him to respond, as a thorough research was required.  Frey stated that nothing was found in past minutes, engineering records or after visiting with Ken Teubner and Larry Halverson that made him think the required measures were taken by the County to have the signs posted.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to remove the 45 mph signs as they are unenforceable.  Odermann, Hallaway and Teubner voted aye.  Lagein and Berg voted nay.  The motion passed. 

Extension Agent Lindy Berg asked for City water to be provided at the County weed shed.  Road Supervisor Kevin Rinas stated he would also like City water at the County shop.  Berg and Rinas had talked to the City about getting water.  The cost of hooking up to City water was discussed.  Rinas and Berg would get an estimate and come back to the Commissioners.  Rinas presented a cost estimate for 2 bridges in Maza Township.   The estimate was $2.86 million with the County share at $534,000.  There is still one easement that is not signed for the project east of Cando scheduled to be bid June 11, 2021.  Everything has been submitted to the NDDOT including a request for proposals for construction engineering.  If Towner County cannot produce a signed easement for all parcels by May 26th, the bid will be pulled.  Checks for people who have submitted signed easements were discussed and tabled until June when the Commissioners would know if the final easement had been signed and received.

Sheriff Bob Kennedy stated he had submitted a grant request for a security system for the Courthouse and the Armory.  Kennedy stated the burn ban seemed to be going well as there had been no major events of fire or burning even in the extremely dry conditions.   Motion to approve the burn ban to red flag days through June 8th by Odermann, seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Lori Beck asked for approximately $21,000 of the CARES ACT money to pay for radios for the fire departments.  No decision was made at this time on the request.

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated they were starting on replacing grant approved windows in the Courthouse on Monday. 

Becky Raddohl was on hand to request a waiver of the Armory fees for the Entrepreneur Club.  Raddohl stated all the money earned during the event was put back into the Community.  Due to policy issues, the request was denied. 

Mike Britain, County Parks, stated he was working with District Health on getting the Armourdale toilet permitted.  Britain had contacted the highway department about signs for Snyder Lake.  He is still waiting to hear back on the signs.  A dock at Snyder Lake was discussed.  Britain priced a 16’ aluminum dock at $1,417 plus delivery.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to allow up to a $4500 expenditure on a dock in order to get a size and quality that would last for several years.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Britain stated there was playground equipment at the parks that are not safe and was looking for someone to remove it.  Commissioner Lagein suggested Ron Rodenbiker. 

Ben Bucher, Towner County Hospital, stated a request to put the additional mill levy for the Hospital was missed and the levy expired in 2021.  In order to avoid a special election, Bucher ask the Commissioners to commit $75,000 for 2022 budget and the issue would be placed on the June 2022 ballot.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to commit the $75,000 to be levied for the hospital as it had been for the previous 20 years.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Odermann stated he would like his preference to use CARES ACT Money for the levy noted.  Mr. Bucher stated they have done some strategic planning and are looking at some major remodeling projects.  May 12th the architect and engineer will be on site and Bucher invited the Commissioners to be present for the event.   

Shannon Uecker, North Risk Partners, who was contracted to provide Towner County with HR Consulting services was on hand to address the Towner County Commissioners.  Uecker explained his roll and availability to Towner County.  Uecker stated he had met with department heads on Monday, May 3rd.  He stated that Towner County Department heads are conscious of the budget and their dedication to the taxpayer.  Uecker stated that he was available to the Commissioners and department heads for services including human resource mentoring, employer/employee relation issues, discipline and termination issues, education on documentation, employee investigations, and management coaching.  Uecker stated Commissioners play a key role in the management of human resources and made a recommendation to Commissioners to follow the organizational chart in determining how issues were to be resolved.   Issues Uecker reported, after visiting with department heads, that may be areas of concern were teamwork, communication, protocols and chain of command, and that trust had been diluted.  Uecker stated that by working with the Commissioners and the department heads, he felt a better culture could be obtained within a year.  A recent employee survey was discussed and recommendations made on how to deal with what were determined to be 5 core messages derived from the survey.  Employees will be informed of what is being done.

Tax Director Bonnie Good was on hand to go over assessment results to date.  Commercial and residential tolerances must be 90-100%.  Hendrickson had manually forced depreciation on selected parcels, so his seven Townships had dropped below tolerance.  Good would have to re-do the depreciation correctly and the matter would have to be addressed at the County Board of Equalization.  Mrs. Good gave her resignation to be effective June 20-December 20, 2021.  The Tax Director position was discussed and tabled. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to approve zoning permit for Thomas Vesterso and Lyle Morlock.  All Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Lagein to approve a conditional use permit for the mining of sand and gravel to Knife River Materials.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to deed foreclosed properties back to the Cities of Cando and Perth.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.    

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to approve the bills. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye.

The next meeting was set for June 1st.    

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

Regular Meeting

Minutes

April 6th, 2021

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on April 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Vice Chairman David Lagein called the meeting to order.  Present were Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner.  Chairman Doug Berg was absent. 

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the March 2, 2021 regular meeting was made by Odermann and seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Emergency Manager Lori Beck stated Towner County was one of only four Counties in the State that did not have a burn ban.  The different levels of the burn ban were discussed.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to ban extreme and red flag burning until the next meeting. Teubner, Lagein and Odermann voted aye.  Hallaway voted nay.  Motion passed.  Beck stated that the radio equipment at the Egeland tower site needed to be moved.  The building was sinking below grade level.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Hallaway to amend the budget to approve the cost of the move.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A second letter about County road signs was acknowledged by the Commissioners.  States Attorney Josh Frey is working on a response and will respond as soon as possible.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to approve the golf course gaming site authorization for the Park River Fire Department.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve zoning permits to Amanda & Brandt Lemer and Aaron Peyerl and Bob Hallaway. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Motion to approve an abatement for a homestead credit for Lorelei & Michael Britain by Teubner, and seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Mike Britain was on hand to go over County Park issues.  Britain stated that Bisbee and Armourdale were stocked with walleye.  A dock at Snyder’s lake was discussed.  The dock issue was referred to the States Attorney.  Commissioners instructed Britain to get costs for putting a County dock at Snyder’s.  A sign to direct people to Snyder’s lake was discussed.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to accept the low bid of $7,200 from Jason Svir to mow County Parks.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Coronavirus funds were discussed.  Guidelines have not been released.  Ideas involving infrastructure improvements were discussed.   The RFP for Construction Engineering process was discussed. 

Sheriff Kennedy was on hand. Stated he was working on a Dept. of Emergency Services grant for a security system. 

An employee survey was reviewed. Auditor Morlock presented a contract to hire North Risk Partners (NRP) to deal with employee issues.   Motion to contract with NRP for $6000 (40 hours plus travel) by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway. All Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed. 

Kevin Rinas was on hand and stated the road crew was blading.  Rinas stated that he is short of gravel, and looking for gravel sites. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to approve the pledge of assets as presented by the Treasurer.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Hallaway to pay bills.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye. 

Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering, stated .4 acres of mitigated land is now needed instead of the original larger amount.  A June 11th bid is scheduled.  Commissioners Lagein and Hallaway, Kevin Rinas and Joni Morlock were appointed to the RFP interview committee. 

The next meeting was set for May 4, 2021

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Dave Lagein, Vice-Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

 

 

 

Regular Meeting

Minutes

March 2nd, 2021

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on March 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner.

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting with corrections was made by Odermann and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Cando Golf Club – Motion to reduce the liquor license fee to $350.00 was made by Odermann and seconded by Teubner.  All commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

County Breakfast – Bob Hallaway and Kevin Rinas agreed to cancel the breakfast until next year due to COVID.

Bob Kennedy gave an update on the 911 committee that met last Tuesday to discuss the new contract with Langdon dispatch. It was agreed to proceed with the new contract with dates of April 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 and the additional sum of $7,500.00.  Motion to pay the $22,500.00 for the remainder of the year and amend the budget accordingly was made by Odermann and seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Wold Engineering was present to discuss Project SC-4819(063).  Discussed the affidavit of homestead.  Wold Engineering will take care of the deeds and Towner County States Attorney Frey will do the affidavit of homestead.  Wold went over the plan of project and is planning for a May bid.   Motion to sign the environmental document was made by Odermann and seconded by Hallaway.  All commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

The north Perth road was discussed regarding open records request on speed limit signs.  Towner County States Attorney Frey will get a response put together to send to Marvin Tumola.

Lindy Berg from the NDSU Extension office gave an update on what her office is working on and introduced herself to the new commissioners.

Bill Voight gave an update on the facilities maintenance. The Legion is replacing the lighting with LED lights.  Frozen water lines in the armory. Building committee will review issues.  Motion to do the suspended ceiling, flooring and electrical for the NDSU Extension meeting room was made by Lagein and seconded by Odermann.  All commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Mike Britain was present to give an update on the Towner County Park board.  Waiting for bids on the mowing projects. Was approved for a single vaulted toilet.  $9,000.00 grant with a cost share of $3,000.00.  Motion to sign contract was made Lagein and seconded by Teubner.  All commissioners voted aye, motion carried.  Motion to waive permit because it is county property was made by Teubner and seconded by Hallaway.  All commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Jennifer Campbell with the Tax Equalization Department gave an update.  Would like a drop box in entryway of courthouse.  Was referred to the Building Committee.  There was discussion on office space.  The building committee will get together and work with the departments at the courthouse.  Suggested a survey be done to get employee opinions, this was referred to Auditor Morlock.

Motion to pay the bills made by Lagein and seconded by Odermann.  All commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

The next meeting was set for April 6, 2021.  

  

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Lori Beck                                                                                        Doug Berg                                                       

Recorder                                                                                         Towner County Board of Commissioners

 

 

Regular Meeting

Minutes

February 4th, 2021

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on February 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Bob Hallaway, Lance Teubner and Matt Odermann.

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the January 7, 2020 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Odermann.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

911 Coordinator, Lori Beck, said we will collect $40,000 in 911 fess from the phone companies and that will go to Cavalier County. March 1, 2020, we started a contract but didn’t get switched over until April 1, 2020 and it expires February 28, 2021. Lori feels $25,000 for their administrative fees should be sufficient instead of the $30,000.00 that Cavalier County is asking for in addition to the $40,000 in 911 fees. Lori wants the contract to be changed from March 1, 2021 to December 21, 2021.  Lori stated Sheriff Kennedy is looking at a program to help with administrative calls so Cavalier County will not have those calls going through anymore.  Commissioner Hallaway said to offer $15,000 and Commissioner Lagein also said to offer the $15,000 because that is what we have budgeted for this year.

Jessica from Wold Engineering was present. We are currently waiting on some land owners to sign a contract to move forward with the road project east of Cando. Jennifer Campbell was present from the Towner County Tax Equalization Department. Jennifer had soil survey mapping done on the parcel of land that we are still waiting on a signed contract form. The average per acre is $2,800 for 2020 sales in Bethel Township. Commissioners gave Jennifer Campbell the ok to contact the land owner to discuss the land price. Motion made by Commissioner Lagein and seconded by Commissioner Hallaway to create a negotiating committee made up of Commissioner Teubner and Jennifer Campbell.  All Commissioners voted aye and motion passed. 

Kevin Rinas, Road Superintendent, was present to address the speed limits on county roads. The speed limits were changed in the 90’s according to old Road Superintendent Larry Halvorson.

Bill Voight said the county was approved for the window grant through the court system. Twelve windows will be replaced with the counties share totaling $6,139. The law library, two-bathroom windows, judge's chambers window, hallway window, and the jury room. Voight stated the remodeling on the former Veterans Service office is moving along. Robotics at the armory are marking up the floor and not cleaning up after themselves. Commissioner Berg said a formal letter will be sent to the school addressing the concerns.

Mike Britain was present and discussed the mowing projects at Bisbee Dam, Snyder’s Lake and Armourdale Dam. He stated each location will be bid separately. Odermann motioned to sign the joint powers agreement with the City of Bisbee and the mowing of Bisbee Dam. Teubner seconded it. All commissioners voted aye, motion carried. Britain applied for a vaulted toilet at Armourdale through an application process but has not heard anything.

Jessica Larson, Public Health Director, and Majusta Kleven, Public Health Assistant Director, were present to bring the commissioners up to speed on public health. Jessica said they have had angel doses of the COVID vaccine, which is an extra dose in each vile. She stated Towner County is ahead of the State in percentage of residents being vaccinated.  Commissioner Hallaway addressed the letter from a concerned citizen about family members of Jessica and Majusta receiving the vaccine ahead of the people that should have received the vaccine. Jessica’s response was they didn’t want the angel doses to go to waste, they didn’t have time to call other people and they don’t have the man power to do it. The second concern was about the cozy cabin bought by Public Health. Jessica stated that they bought the cozy cabin vs renting an apartment because the funding was going to expire and if they had rented, there would be nothing available for the upcoming year.  Jessica said the company they bought the house from had already offered to buy it back. The commissioners told them the house will need to be put up for auction.

Motion by Odermann and seconded by Teubner to okay the Taste of the World and the Pancake Feed that will be hosted by the American Legion. All Commissioners voted aye and motion passed. 

Motion by Odermann and seconded by Lagein to table the Park River gaming authorization until March’s meeting.  All Commissioners voted aye and motion passed. 

Lagein motioned to approve the calendar raffle for Cando Golf Club and it was seconded by Odermann. All commissioners voted aye, motion carried. Odermann motioned to table the request for a waive or reduce the 2021 licensing fee or liquor license until March’s meeting when they had a clearer view on what the Cando Golf Club was asking for. Seconded by Hallaway.  All Commissioners voted aye and motion passed. 

Odermann made a motion to approve an Application for Abatement for a disabled veteran and Hallaway seconded it. All commissioners vote aye, motion carried.

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye to pay the bills.

Joni Morlock brought up the county breakfast. The board nominated Commissioner Hallaway to help Lori Beck with organizing it.  

The next meeting was set for March 2, 2021.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Cari Hallaway                                                                                 Doug Berg

Deputy Auditor                                                                               Commission Chair

Regular Meeting

Minutes

January 5th, 2021

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on January 5, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Matt Odermann, Bob Hallaway and Lance Teubner.

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Odermann and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve the minutes of the December 1, 2020 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

The 2020 budget was reviewed by Morlock.  Motion to approve amendments and transfers as recommended by the County Auditor was made Odermann and seconded by Lagein.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Vice Chair Lagein opened up nominations for Chairman. Doug Berg was nominated.  Oderman moved and Teubner seconded to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Berg.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Chairman Berg opened nominations for Vice-Chair.  Dave Lagein was nominated.  Oderman moved and Teubner seconded to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

County Parks Manager Mike Brittain and Bisbee City Council members were on hand to discuss the mowing of Bisbee Dam.  The County currently mows the property.  A joint powers agreement was discussed. The Commissioners directed the States Attorney to draft a contract between the County and the City of Bisbee.  A draft of the contract would be discussed further at the February Commissioners meeting. 

Majusta Kleven, Public Health, was on hand to give an update on the Covid vaccine and how it was being administered.  Kleven gave updates on the remodel project and Cozy Cabin.  Kleven stated the Covid funding had been extended until June.  Commissioner Oderman recognized and thanked Public Health for all the work they were doing. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight discussed the heat pump in the Commissioners room and stated the unit needed to be replaced.  Remodeling the old veteran service office and making it a meeting room for extension was discussed.  Voight asked for permission to proceed with the project demolition. He would return with floor and ceiling estimates but would like to proceed with demolition.    Motion by Lagein, seconded by Hallaway to allow Voight to start demolition of the space.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Sheriff Kennedy was on hand to update the new Commissioners on his department and officers.  Kennedy explained details of the effectiveness of the school resource officer.  Kennedy explained how the officers patrol and how the Stone garden grant and border patrol works.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve an agreement with Rolette County for jail services.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Kennedy stated he needs two Commissioners for a committee to discuss 911 services with Cavalier County.  Emergency Manager Lori Beck explained some issues with the 911 system.  Doug Berg and Matt Odermann were appointed to the 911 Committee. 

Kevin Walford, Butler Machinery, was on hand to present a quote for a motor grader.  The quote was for $343,201.91 for the grader and $21,500 for a new snow wing.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve the quotes for the grader and the wing and order the machine.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The project east of Cando was discussed.  Wold Engineering was present.  Peggy Abrahamson was on hand to ask questions about the project.  Jeff Miller was also on hand to ask questions about the flow of water. Culverts and water flow were discussed.  It was explained the project was being done because of safety issues regarding the slope of the ditches and an uncontrolled intersection.   Right-of-way for the project was discussed.  Greg Hagen, Wold Engineering, stated they had run into an issue with a land owner not accepting the offer of $3,000 per acre. Hagen stated he would continue acquiring right-of-way and Commissioners and other local farmers would talk to the land owner not willing to comply.  A shared road with Ramsey County in Bethel Township was discussed.  Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to not help fund the project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve the County Holiday schedule.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Hallaway to approve the County Cafeteria Plan.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Lagein, seconded Odermann to approve an abatement for Derrick Childs under the disabled veteran’s credit.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Odermann, seconded by Teubner to approve bills.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Commissioner Teubner was appointed to the Towner County Public Housing Board.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to appoint Matt Odermann to the public health board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for February 4, 2021.  

The meeting adjourned by motion.

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

 

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