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Meeting Minutes

Towner County Commissioners

Regular Meeting

Minutes

November 5th, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on November 5, 2019 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the October 1st regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated he was working with local legislators for funding for school resource officers throughout the State.  Kennedy stated he was still working on narcotic cases and was planning an auction for ceased property.  Kennedy stated the permitting process had gone well and provided a good educational opportunity.  Funds from the permits will be used for road improvement projects. 

Maintenance supervisor Bill Voight stated the Armory roof project came in $3,745 over the estimate due to wet insulation that needed to be replaced.  Voight stated he had to hire extra help for snow removal for the big October snow storm.  Sherry Walters requested additional outlets at Public Health.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve the request for outlets.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  An agreement with the American Legion was discussed and will be presented at the next meeting for approval. 

Kevin Rinas was on hand to discuss road issues.  Road mowing was discussed.  Commissioners questioned if $150 was enough to charge for the County mowing roads.  The design and preliminary engineering costs for a Federal aid project for 2 bridges (Monroe & Howell Townships) were discussed.  Estimates were received from KLJ, Windseth Smith & Nolting, and Wold Engineering.  Paul Bjornson, KLJ, was on hand to explain his estimate.  Wold Engineering was also on hand to explain their estimate.  The issue was tabled due to lack of funding.  The project east of Cando was discussed with Wold Engineering.  A letter from the Army Corps of Engineers was discussed.  Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering, stated there would likely be a large amount of area that would need to be mitigated.  Engineers questioned if mitigation acres were available on site.  Tagestad stated the final inspection for the Rock Lake bridge project would be this afternoon. 

Lindy Berg, NDSU Extension agent, stated they were still gathering information on an impending agriculture disaster for crops and livestock.  Berg presented a contract from Walkers Lawn Care for weed spraying for the 2020 season.  Berg stated the weed board had approved $30,000 for custom application for the 2020 season.  Berg stated she had been accepted to the NELD program which is a leadership program.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve the out of state travel for the program. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  All costs and travel for the program were covered by the program. 

Motion by Boe, second by Teubner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve an application for a disabled veteran and an application for a homestead credit.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.    

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve a zoning permit to Klier farms. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve the Human Service Zone Agreement with Towner, Ramsey, Benson and Rolette counties.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve Cari Hallaway as a signer and remove Judy Bulie as a signer on checking accounts at American and First State banks.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve minimum sales prices on foreclosed properties as recommended by the County Auditor.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.    

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve the pledge report as presented by the County Treasurer.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

    

The absences of the Veterans Service Officer was discussed.  Commissioners were concerned with ongoing absences and who was covering the duties.  Commissioner Weisz would visit with her to make sure nothing was getting ignored. 

The next meeting was set for December 3, 2019.    

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 1st, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on October 1, 2019 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.  Also present was States Attorney Josh Frey. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2019 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Motion to approve the bills was made by Weisz, seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried.

Maintenance supervisor Bill Voight gave an update on the Armory roof project.  He stated the insulation was wet and needed to be removed and replaced which was not included in the original proposal.  Voight questioned what he should do with windows that were to be installed this fall.  Commissioners instructed Voight to work with Commissioner Weisz on figuring out which windows to replace after the amount of the roof was known.   Commissioner Weisz questioned the States Attorney on where the Legion contract was at.  Frey stated they were close to an agreement and needed to meet again.  Voight stated there is still nothing happening on the elevator project. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated things were quiet.  Kennedy state he and Lori Beck were working on options for 911 dispatch services.  Kennedy stated the truck permits had gone over well and the permit money would go to the road department for extra gravel and maintenance.

Cando Township was on hand to discuss money issues with the County.  They have no money to maintain roads and owe the County about $8,500.  The County agreed to forgo payment on the amount due until next spring so the Township could resume maintenance.  Next spring the amount due would be collected through excess levies to the Township.  States Attorney Frey left the meeting. 

Jessica Tagestad presented the Federal Aid worksheet with new projects added.  Bridge projects by Bisbee and Rock Lake were added as one project.  After discussion, it was decided to go forward with the East of Cando project.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the Federal Aid worksheet as presented.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The haul road on the Rock Lake Bridge project was discussed.  A preliminary estimate was requested from Wold Engineering for engineering costs on the Bisbee and Rock Lake bridges.  Overtime for hauling gravel was discussed.  Beekeepers and rural water wrecking County roads was discussed.

Curt Juntunen was on hand and stated Mike Britain was interested in assuming his position on the County Park Board. The Finish monument has been moved to Rolla.  Trees at the sight were discussed.  The park board would like to move the trees to Armourdale.  Motion to appoint Mike Britain as park board chairman and update the meeting compensation to $50 + mileage as of January 1, 2020 made by Lagein, seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

The preliminary budget meeting was held.  Increases in the City of Egeland were discussed.  There were no citizens present voicing any concerns with the budget.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Lagein to approve the final budget.  Upon roll call vote, all commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Bonnie Good updated the Commissioners on the State Board Assessment meeting.  She stated there would be no changes in this year’s assessments, but there would be a change next year in how farm laborer residents were treated. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve a gravel lease with Corrigan, Kring and Hogenson. All Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve the NDDOT annual Maintenance Certification for county federal aid projects.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to appoint David and Jannel Lagein as the County delegates for the ND State Fair board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The Social Service Zoning Board was discussed.  Towner County needs 2 people on the board.  One needs to be a commissioner and one either a commissioner or community member.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to appoint Doug Berg and Greg Westlind to the Social Service Zoning Board for Towner County.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to pay $2,000 + mileage to the Tax Equalization Director for the additional Townships the County assumed.  All Commissioners vote aye.  Motion passed.

The next meeting was set for November 5th.   

 

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 10th, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on September 10, 2019 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the August 6, 2019 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy was on hand and stated the load limit permits were going over well.  Issues with the Lake Region Law Enforcement center were discussed with Kennedy. 

Bill Voight was on hand with estimates for the Armory roof.  Two estimates were reviewed from D&D Roofing of Aneta, ND and A&R Roofing of Minot, ND.   Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to accept the D&D Roofing proposal for $39,073.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Troy Reemtsma was on hand to donate a check for $1,000 for the Memorial Building Elevator Project from the Horizons Fund and American Legion. 

Kevin Rinas stated they had added 2 bridges to the Federal Aid worksheet.  The bridges would be forwarded to Wold Engineering for estimates to be presented to the NDDOT.  The road project east of Cando was discussed.  Engineer Jessica Tagestad was called and put on speaker phone to discuss the repercussions of switching the east of Cando Federal Aid project to a road 4 miles west of Hansboro.  A bill for gravel crushing was discussed.   

A discussion was held concerning the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center.  An email from the Financial Administrator of the LEC concerning Towner County’s services was discussed.  Commissioners have committed to the LEC through 2020, but have not made any decisions beyond that date.  Emergency Manager Lori Beck and Sheriff Bob Kennedy are looking into alternatives for 911 and jail services.    

Motion to approve a contract with Rugby jail was made by Boe, and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to pay bills.   All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The NDACO Conference was discussed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to approve a zoning permit to Jeremiah Halley.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A motion was made by Scott Boe for Towner County to affirm to North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System that Towner County is formed pursuant to N.D.C.C. §11-01 and is neither a non—profit corporation nor a for-profit corporation, to join the NDPERS Public Safety Defined Benefit Retirement Plan and offer the plan to all eligible employees of the Towner County. The motion was seconded by Ken Teubner. The Board approved joining the NDPERS Public Safety Defined Benefit Retirement Plan effective January 1, 2020.

The next meeting was set for October 1, 2019.  

  

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 6th, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on August 6, 2019 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the July 2, 2019 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Commissioners went over the preliminary budget that was presented by the County Auditor.  Discussion was held over several items including a sheriff’s vehicle, the Law Enforcement Center budget, and a line item to help cover the rising cost of equipment. 

Road projects were discussed with road supervisor Kevin Rinas.  Rinas has obtained approximately 30,000 yards of gravel which is being crushed at this time. 

Sheriff Kennedy clarified that the budget line in the 2020 budget for the vehicle would not be spent on other items if not used for the vehicle.  Kennedy talked about the new overweight permits being issued.  Kennedy also stated he and emergency manager Lori Beck were working on options for 911 dispatch and jail services that could potentially save the taxpayers money. 

Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering presented an estimate for work completed on the Rock Lake bridge project.    Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve the estimate for payment for work completed to date to Wesslen Construction for the Rock Lake bridge project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Wetlands for the project east of Cando was discussed.  Mitigation for the project was discussed.  The Commissioners would like to mitigate as little land as possible.  This may increase the timeline of the project.  Engineers discussed taking a curve out of the project for safety purposes. 

Brandon Meyer and Carl Solberg from the Soil Conservation were on hand to explain the reason for the large increase in their mill levy for 2020.  Their mill levy was going from $30,000 to $70,000.  Meyer stated they were looking to purchase a tractor and hire summer employee.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Marci Plemel, TC Public Health, was on hand to update commissioners on community grants available. Plemel was looking for suggestions from the community on uses for the grant funds.   Plemel also stated they were installing a syringe kiosk for community syringe disposal.  Plemel explained some of the issues they are dealing with concerning addiction and recovery.  Plemel also left a defibrillator with the County. 

Bill Voight stated heat pumps had been installed in the States Attorney’s and Tax Equalization Directors office.  He is still working on estimates for the roof at the armory.  States Attorney Josh Frey addressed some concerns the American Legion Post was having with the County license agreement.  The Legion wanted to be notified of issues with inspection and a clause stating no recurring or monthly payments added to the license. 

 Bonnie Good was on hand to update the Commissioners on a meeting that was held with the State Tax Commissioners office concerning seven complaints that were filed with them concerning the Towner County Tax Director.  Linda Leadbetter met with Good and Commission Chair Berg.  Good stated that she had purchased a device to record and video future meetings.  Future meetings will also be held at the Courthouse with a Commissioner present.  Good stated the State was going to recommend the people making complaints about Good’s behavior should make those complaints known to the Towner County Board of Commissioners. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to sign a certification of significant community support for the LEC in order to aid them in getting a grant.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to approve the preliminary budget. All Commissioners voted aye.  The final budget hearing was set for October 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to appoint Josh Frey, Joni Morlock, David Lagein, Rollie Bjornstad and Chris Doehler to the committee to draft the home rule charter.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for September 10th.    

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 2nd, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on July 2, 2019 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.  Also present was States Attorney Josh Frey. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the June 4, 2019 regular meeting was made by Teubner and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Maintenance supervisor Bill Voight presented estimates for heat pumps on the 3rd floor.  They are not included in this year’s budget, but are needed as the States Attorney has now assumed office space on the 3rd floor.  Estimates were $13,088 plus electric.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Lagein to install the units as soon as possible.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Voight stated the main water line in the memorial building needed replacement and would request the funds in the next budget.  Bids for windows were opened.  There were 2 bids from Robert Christopherson and DL Glass and Paint.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to accept the bid from Robert Christopherson for the Memorial Building windows for $3,582.49.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Christopherson had given a bid on windows at the courthouse for $726 for the window and an hourly rate for labor because of all the unknown factors.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Lagein to let Christopherson replace 1 window in the courthouse before the building committee decides what to do with rest.   All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  States Attorney Josh Frey presented a real property license agreement with the Cando American Legion.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to approve the license agreement.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Art Tuomala was on hand for an update on what the County was doing with a bridge in Monroe Township.  Commissioner Boe stated he was waiting to get estimates to tear out the bridge and replace with culverts. 

Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering, presented a progressive estimate payment for the Rock Lake bridge project in the amount of $66,691.02. Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to pay the estimate.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Commissioner Boe would like Wold to look at some invoices for a hydrology study in Picton Township.  He felt they were too high and thought they were quoted at a lower rate.  Darell Miller was on hand and had complaints about Cando Township not maintaining the roads. 

Lindy Berg and Ron Wiederholt from the extension office were on hand.  Wiederholt stated the funding for extension was reinstated to the previous model which paid for 50% of the salaries and 100% of the benefits.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to amend the budget and approve the purchase of a new ranger for $21,000 for the weed control.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Curt Juntunen was on hand to update the Commissioners on the County parks. 

Rob Johnson, LEC, was on hand to go over the 2020 budget for the LEC.  He also requested funds for the SAAF program. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to pay bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

The home rule charter was discussed.  A tool chest regulation for the recorder’s office was discussed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to draft a home rule charter, appoint committee, and allocate funds. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Committee members were discussed and will be asked before the next meeting.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to set compensation at $50 plus mileage for the board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to transfer funds of $27,246 from the weed control fund to the general fund as set forth in the budget.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for August 6, 2019.

   

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 4th, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on June 4, 2019 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2019 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy was working on the permitting process for County roads. A survey about the school resource officer was distributed and discussed. 

Road Supervisor Kevin Rinas discussed an alternative route in Gerrard Township for hauling gravel out of Mikkelsen’s gravel pit.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to reroute the trucks down the Township road with the County being responsible for the blading on the road.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Rinas stated the Rock Lake Bridge project had been completed.  A bridge in Monroe Township was discussed.   Commissioner Boe was going to get an estimate from a contractor before a decision was made.  Rinas stated he has been looking for gravel and not having much luck.

Building Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated the heat pumps were installed and working in the Extension and Sheriffs offices. 

Connie Elsperger, representing the Entrenue Club was on hand to discuss a bill for the curtain rental at the Armory.  They were asking the Commissioners to wave the fee.  The Commissioners adhered to the current policy. 

Public Health Nurse Sheri Walters was on hand to update the Commissioners on grants available to deal with the community opioid crises.  Walters stated Dr. Petty had resigned and they had appointed Dr. Mark Peterson as the new director.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to appoint Dr. Peterson and also to approve Jessica Larson as a new Public Health board member.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The County Board of Commissioners convened as the Towner County Board of Equalization.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve the assessment of the Cities in Towner County.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion to approve the Dale & Clarine Anderson exemption.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  An email and property in Gerrard Township was discussed.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve an exemption for Al Edwards.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve exemption for Dustin & Robyn Dunlop.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Motion by Teubner, seconded by Lagein to approve an exemption for Michael & Gemma Haberstroh.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve an exemption for Jeremy Martin.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve an exemption for Chad Pankratz.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  New City taxpayers were on hand and disagreed with the classifications of a manufactured home.  The Commissioners agreed to look at the classifications before approving the assessments.  A property in Twin Hill Township was discussed.  People from Virginia Township were on hand to express their concern over some of the valuations due to the map factor.  The Board of Equalization recessed for the assessor to work on the reclassification of property.  The Board reconvened as the Board of Equalization.  Equalization Director Bonnie Good stated she had reclassified 3 properties from modular to manufactured which lowered the valuations on those 3 properties.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to approve Township values as presented with the reclassification changes.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve inundated property as presented.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  No changes were needed for Commercial and Residential property.  Agricultural land was valued at $725.59 and the State was recommending 828.86.  The County is 14% below the recommendation.  A 5% increase would put the County within tolerance.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to increase Ag land by 5%.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The County Board of Equalization adjourned and reconvened as the Board of Commissioners. 

Budget issues were discussed with Auditor Morlock. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to approve the deeding of foreclosed property to the City of Perth and the City of Egeland.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

The next meeting was set for July 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

May 7th, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on May 7, 2019 at 7:00 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the April 2, 2019 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

States Attorney Josh Frey stated that he had been working on an agreement between the Armory and American Legion.  Frey recommended a “license” to use the property rather than a lease which requires a bidding process.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz for the County to pay the overage of $7,000 on the Memorial Building elevator project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Heat pumps, windows and a new roof were discussed with maintenance supervisor Bill Voight.

Taxpayers were on hand to discuss a bridge the State had closed down near Perth. There is very little traffic on the road.  Kevin Rinas was going to talk to the State to see if they would fund the replacement.  The issue was also referred to the Water board for a hydrology study. 

Jessica Tagestad, Wold Engineering presented a proposal from Beaver Creek for a class III cultural resource survey for $6,105.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve the survey.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The Commissioners requested someone from the pig farms be at the preconstruction meeting to avoid issues during construction.  The Commissioners were updated on the Rock Lake Bridge project.  Bridges in the Perth area were addressed with Tagestad. 

Sheriff Kennedy updated the Commissioners on what was happening with the Sheriff’s department. 

A motion to approve a road maintenance agreement with Justin & Monty Miller for a road by their fertilizer plant was made by Lagein, seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Curt Juntunen, Towner County Park Board, updated the Commissioners on County parks.  Juntunen stated this would be his last year on the Board. 

Public Health Nurse Sherri Walters was on hand to discuss the County health ratings with the Commissioners.  Towner County is rated 32-39 in the ratings with 1 being the best.  Walters stated they were working on trying to come up with transition housing for people coming out of the treatment center. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve utility permits to cross county roads for United Communications.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Lagein to approve the gaming site authorizations for Park River Volunteer Fire Dept. at the Cando Golf Club.  All Commissioners Voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve a liquor license for the Cando Golf Club.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to appoint Janelle Bannach to the Towner County Housing board. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Paying 40% of an invoice to Fischer Land was discussed and approved. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to raise the rate for the County assessor to assess Townships to $200 plus mileage.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for June 4, 2019.    

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 2ND, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on April 2, 2019 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.  Also present was States Attorney Josh Frey. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the March 5, 2019 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Hillier was in attendance as Sheriff Kennedy was in Bismarck for meetings.  Hillier stated things were going well and they were gearing up for issues with fishermen.

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to accept Butler’s offer of $117,000 for a 2012 blade that was being replaced by a new one.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to take $53,000 out of general fund to pay down on new blade so that future payments would be more manageable.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Joe Schultz, Wold Engineering, had no updates on when the Rock Lake bridge project would resume.  Schultz stated that Wold was working on the road right of way and design of a project east of Cando (CMC-4819).  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve $9,685 to Carlson & McCain for the aquatic resources delineation on the CMC-4819 project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Tax Director Bonnie Good addressed the Commissioners about late farm exemptions.  Good said she will approve them if they are completed before the Township meets and have met the guidelines in order to avoid extra paperwork. New Townships that had been taken on by the County and the issues that presented were discussed. 

Lindy Berg was on hand to update Commissioners on several projects she has been working on.  Berg said she was currently working on a greenhouse trial in which fungicide is used to offset hail damaged to soybeans. Berg stated she was had received certification in Annie’s project (a women’s ag program) and real colors (a leadership program). She stated that to date no weed board applications had been received.  Bike safety and youth tractor driving programs were on the upcoming agenda.  Berg stated the National ag conference was being held in Indiana and she was being honored with an achievement award.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve out of state travel for the conference.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Home rule and running the court system with Ivan was discussed with the States Attorney.  Frey informed the Commissioners a new judge (Hurly) was appointed to the district.  A victim witness coordinator was discussed. 

Commissioners recessed to go look at the armory elevator project.  Commissioners returned and the meeting was called back to order by Chairman Berg. The County had received a grant for $49,995.  Bids for the project were from Derick Childs $57,000 and Gleason Construction $74,000.  Overage and maintenance costs were discussed.  The Legion has verbally committed to covering overage and maintenance cost.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to accept the low bid and contract with Derick Childs for the project.  Upon roll call vote, Commissioners Weisz, Berg, Teubner, Lagein, voted aye.  Commissioner Teubner voted nay.  Motion passed. A contract for the bid will be drafted and awarded to Childs.  A contract will also be drafted with the Legion for overage and maintenance. 

Motion to approve the pledge report by was made by Teubner, seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Auditor Morlock brought up a problem with a levy for Armourdale Township.  The paperwork was not received by her office so additional mills were not levied.  As a result, the Township was not able to repay a local contractor.  Morlock stated she had “loaned” the Township $7,400 until the mills could be levied and thus repaid to the County. 

The next meeting was set for May 7th at 7:00 a.m.   

 

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

MARCH 5TH, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on March 5, 2019 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 Ken Teubner and Scott Boe. Mike Weisz and Joni Morlock were on speaker phone.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the Feb 5, 2019 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy reported to the Commissioners and stated all was going well.

Road Supervisor Kevin Rinas was on hand and stated they were very busy moving snow.  Dozers were being used to push back excessive drifts. 

Motion by Teubner, second by Lagein to pay the bills. All Commissioners voted aye. Motion carried.

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight was on hand.  He stated that he had replaced the worker to supervise the Armory evening hours. Discussion was held on removing snow from the Armory roof.

Representatives of Wold Engineering were on hand. The Federal Aid program sheet projects and timelines were discussed.  The State is looking for additional Federal Aid projects.  The Commissioners decided to try to step up the timeline of a project east of Cando and use Federal Aid dollars in 2019.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to move forward on Federal Aid Program 2019 if funds are available.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried.

Rob Johnson, Starr Klemetsrud of LEC and Dale Robins, Chairman of 911 Board were on hand to discuss the E911 and Dispatch Services.  Motion by Teubner, second by Boe to approve an agreement with LEC which provides for funding for a security system which is currently being installed in the jail. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried.

Bonnie Good presented her monthly report.

The County Breakfast was set for April 11.

Next meeting was set for April 2, 2019.  

 

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Judy Bulie                                                                                      Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Deputy Auditor                                                    Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

FEBRUARY 5TH, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on Feb 5, 2019 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 Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.  Mike Weisz was on speaker phone.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the January 3, 2019 regular meeting was made by Teubner and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated it had quieted down in the county.

Representatives of Wold Engineering were on hand to discuss the handling of preliminary engineering cost on a road project east of Cando.  A conference call was held with Bryon Fuchs of ND DOT to discuss Federal Aid and if it was possible to get preliminary engineering cost covered.  Fuchs recommended the County cover the preliminary engineering of the project and to try at a later date to get the construction engineering costs covered by going through the proper procedures. Fuchs then explained the proper procedure for getting engineering costs covered through Federal Aid.  After much discussion, the Commissioners decided to get started on the project and incur engineering costs if need be.  Motion by Lagein, second by Weisz to approve contract for Wold Engineering for the preliminary project as submitted.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Discussion was held on Courthouse closures for bad weather. Motion by Teubner, second by Weisz to change policy to state that the Courthouse will be closed if there is a No Travel Advisory for Towner County. If an employee misses work for bad weather other than stated, they are to use a personal vacation day.  All Commissioners voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Boe, second by Teubner to pay the bills. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Paul Johnson, as representative of the TC Ambulance South, expressed an interest in building a Public Service Building for the Ambulances and TC Sheriffs vehicles on the Courthouse property.

Motion by Boe, second by Lagein to approve an Application for Abatement and Homestead Credit for a Senior Citizen in Cando. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Bonnie Good stated she will be accepting late applications due to the weather closures the past week.

Next meeting was set for March 5th.    

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Judy Bulie                                                                                       Doug Berg, Chairman

Deputy Auditor                                                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

JANUARY 3RD, 2019

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on January 3, 2019 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

The meeting was turned over to Vice Chairman Lagein to proceed with the Commission reorganization process.  Doug Berg was nominated for Chairman.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Berg.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The meeting was turned back over to Berg.  David Lagein was nominated for Vice Chairman.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2018 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated 2018 had gone well for the department.  Kennedy stated they had come in under budget and had some extra money to put toward a new vehicle.  He also stated they had received high ratings on a Stonegarden grant audit.  Kennedy stated the school resource officer position was going very well and was much appreciated by the school board and the school administration.  The closing of the ports of entry were discussed with Kennedy. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve an application for abatement for a disabled veteran.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve gaming permit 2019-01 to the Cando Golf Club.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A detailed financial report was given by Auditor Morlock.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve transfers as recommended by the County Auditor.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve amendments to the 2018 budget as recommended by the County Auditor.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Wold Engineering entered the meeting.  Kent Indvik had an engineering contract for the preliminary work for a project for 6 miles of County road east of Cando.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to do an RFP for preliminary and construction engineering for the project in order to be eligible to receive Federal funding for the engineering costs.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve a partial payment to Wesslen Construction for work completed to date on the Rock Lake bridge project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for February 5, 2019.  

  

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

DECEMBER 4TH, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on December 4, 2018 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 Mike Weisz and Scott Boe. Ken Teubner was absent. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2018 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Josh Frey was on hand and presented a resolution for the Commissioners to approve which allows him to serve as State’s Attorney in more than one County.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to approve the resolution.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Mr. Frey will have an office at the Courthouse and have a part time assistant in Towner County.  

Sheriff Bob Kennedy presented an updated police contract with the City.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Lagein to approve the contract.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Sheriff Kennedy presented the NDPERS public safety retirement plan for the Commissioners to think about for next year’s budget.  Sheriff Kennedy explained to the Commissioners that the “Load Pass” program is not what we need in Towner County. It is a single trip program and is designated more for oil producing Counties.  Sheriff Kennedy questioned the cap on sick leave in the employee manual and requested the Commissioners make it unlimited.    

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated funding had been received for the elevator at the Memorial Building.  Voight brought up the issue of overrun and maintenance costs. 

Road Supervisor Kevin Rinas stated he would like to rent a bush mower to deal with the small trees but didn’t have money in this year’s budget. He was told to rend one and pay for it in January.  Oil prices were discussed. 

Curt Juntunen was on hand to go over any questions for the Park Board.  A contract for Gary Martin was discussed.  Martin had agreed to 3 more years of park maintenance.  Juntunen stated he was looking for gravel on the curves at Snyder’s Lake. 

Gary Larson was on hand to update the Commissioner on a disagreement he had with the power companies over his property.  Larson spoke of the Christian nation we should be and his disagreement with taxation. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to approve a Contract for Administration and the CDBG final application with North Central Planning for the Memorial Building elevator project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve the transfer of funds from the Farm to Market to County Road and from Weed to County General as the budget proposed.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Several representatives of Wold Engineering attended the meeting.  Kent Indvik, Wold Engineering, stated that Matt Johnson was no longer with the firm.  Indvik updated the Commissioners on the Rock Lake Bridge project.  Wold would submit a proposal for work completed to the State of ND for the 80/20 split.  Engineering costs for the project were discussed.  Indvik stated he would honor Matt Johnson’s proposal to give the County a $15,000 discount for lack of engineering on a previous project.  Engineering costs for the current Rock Lake project were discussed.

The next meeting was set for January 3rd.    

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

NOVEMBER 8TH, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on November 8, 2018 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the October 2, 2018 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Engineering on the project 6 miles east of Cando was discussed.  Replacing culverts was discussed. A motion to amend the Road Maintenance Policy was made by Boe, and seconded by Weisz as follows: “Towner County shall furnish existing culverts 36” and larger in diameter for use in township roads. If the culvert size is increased to 36” or larger from a smaller size, the Township is responsible for the initial replacement of the culvert.  Townships shall be responsible for all other maintenance including installation of above culverts.”  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to sell the 2011 140 M motor grader to Butler for $92,000.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve the hazardous material operation procedures as presented by the Emergency Manager Lori Beck.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

County Vehicles were discussed with Bill Voight. Securing the back door was discussed.  Finding a roof repair for the Armory is a problem.  Voight was looking for other options.   

Chief Deputy Howard reported the school resource officer is going well.  Grant money is being used to purchase a new vehicle. 

NDSU Extension Agent Lindy Berg was on hand to discuss the cost share for the weed board.  A training for emergency response to cattle accidents was discussed.  Commissioners questioned if all livestock could be included.  “Building Tomorrows Leaders”, which is a program for high school students, was discussed.  Berg stated her grad school projects was on small farmer resources and interaction with extension.  A project researching hail damage on soybeans was discussed and the Commissioners gave approval for the project. 

Roger Rance was on hand to present Mike Britain of Egeland as his replacement on the Towner County Economic Development Board.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Lagein to appoint Britain to the board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The Commissioners thanked Rance for his many years of service on the TCED Board. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve the Thanksgiving turkey certificates.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.    

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve zoning permits to NDDOT and North Central Grain.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering was on hand to discuss the Rock Lake bridge project.  It is not going well. Wesslen Construction, Inc. out of Spokane, Washington was awarded the job.   Johnson stated charges for non-completion started on November 3rd.  Johnson stated the project is not progressing and is concerned about anchoring what is done in order to secure it for winter.  Johnson would check with the State to find out the procedure for getting another company in to secure it.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve the NDDOT Maintenance contract.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A public meeting concerning the bee ordinance was opened.  Commission Chair opened the meeting up to comments.  Josh Freeman, Vice President of the ND Association of Beekeepers was on hand. Samantha Brunner with the Dept. of Agriculture was also on hand.   Jim Kester, beekeeper, stated he contacts all landowners he deals with annually to make sure there are no issues and has the opinion that County regulations are not needed.  Bob Morlock, beekeeper, questioned what prompted the ordinance and stated the bees will fly over the road regardless of how far they are from the road.  Ryan Thomas, beekeeper, stated he was worried about expansion of buildings.  Paul Reese, beekeeper, stated the beekeepers were willing to work with landowners to maintain roads.  Commission Chair Berg thanked the beekeepers for coming and closed the meeting. The issue was tabled and referred to the zoning board for further discussion.

Curt Olafson was on hand to discuss an opioid litigation contract.  The Towner County States Attorney stated that the ND Attorney General has recommended the individual Counties let the State of ND handle the litigation.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to sign with the law firms of Nachawatie, Ferrer Poirot & Wasnsbrough, and Motley Rice.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve the new employee handbook.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to affirm to North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System that Towner County is formed pursuant to N.D.C.C. 11-01 and is neither a non-profit nor a for-profit corporation, to join the NDPERS Group Life Plan and offer the plan to all eligible employees of Towner County.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The Board approved joining the NDPERS Group Life effective February 1, 2019

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to set minimum bids at $5,000 for each empty lot for the foreclosure auction.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to deny the application for abatement of taxes because of the missed deadline.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for December 4, 2018.    

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 2ND, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on October 2, 2018 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2018 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Bob Kennedy stated he had gotten the Stonegarden grant secured for next year.  He stated the grant had been increased considerably and hoped to use the funds for some budget items including the school resource officer. 

Kevin Walford, Butler, stated the ship date for the 2018 blade was October 22nd.  Walford presented a quote for a 2019 140M3 blade for $324,366.62.  Walford stated if ordered now, the blade should be available in March of 2019.    Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to order the blade for next year.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A contract for administration for the Memorial building elevator project with North Central Planning was discussed and tabled until all the funds were secured.  Bill Voight stated that he was looking into a secure locking system for the courthouse back door. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering, updated the Commissioners on the Rock Lake bridge project.  The Federal Aid Program sheet was discussed with a few changes to be made.  Johnson recommended not approving the sheet at this time until the changes were made and the Commissioners met with the ND DOT.  Commissioners discussed getting a project engineer ready in case State funding becomes available.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve preliminary engineering on a project 6 miles east of Cando.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Lindy Berg and Ron Wiederholt were on hand with a presentation on the NDSU Extension SBARE internal review.  Berg and Wiederholt updated the Commissioner on the findings of the review. 

The public meeting fort the budget hearing was held.  There were 2 citizens present.  Auditor Morlock explained the reason for the 3.23 percent increase for the County budget was largely due to the increase in law enforcement and a huge increase in the jail bill.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the final budget.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Bonnie Good was on hand to discuss the data collector position.  Good has not had any response for the position.  Good would like to advertise the position until filled. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Tuebner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion to approve a utility permit for NE Regional Water District was made by Lagein and seconded byWeisz.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion to approve Jannel and David Lagein as State Fair delegates was made by Boe and seconded byWeisz.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

New revisions to the employee handbook were discussed.

The new bee ordinance was discussed.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the 1st reading of the bee ordinance.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  A public meeting will be held at the next Commissioners meeting. 

Upcoming meeting dates were discussed.  The November meeting will be held on November 8th and the January meeting will be held on January 3rd.  

The load pass permits were discussed and tabled until Sheriff Kennedy could look them over and discuss with the Commissioners.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to pay the Towner County share of the LEC costs.  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

SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on September 4, 2018 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 Mike Weisz and Scott Boe. Commissioner Ken Teubner was absent. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the August 7, 2018 regular meeting was made by Boe and seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated he had done a few days of truck weighing.  Kennedy stated that no tickets were issued, but warnings were given to try to educate people at this time about overloading issues.    

Kevin Walford, Butler Equipment, stated the blade ordered for this year would be in next month.  Walford stated the Commissioners should look at ordering the 2019 machine now due to lag time and price increases.  Commissioners asked Walford to bring a proposal for the 2019 machine to the next meeting.  Kevin Rinas stated bridge mobilization for the Rock Lake bridge project is starting September 17th.  Commissioner Teubner entered the meeting.  Raising road hauling rates was discussed.  Commissioners asked Rinas if they could work overtime if it rains to try to get roads in shape for fall. 

Bill Voight stated the windows at the Memorial building were finished.  Commissioner Weisz stated they had applied for funds for a vertical platform lift at the Memorial building through North Central Planning.  The County was approved for $29,000 but were short about $13,000 for the project.  Commissioner Weisz stated the American Legion Post would have to come up with the $13,000 shortfall.  Voight stated heat pumps at the Memorial building extension office would be installed this winter. 

Curt Juntunen was on hand to update the Commissioners on the Finish monument and the County parks. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve a contract for services with NDACO to have their HR Coordinator update the Towner County employee manual.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Auditor Morlock presented a new employee vacation policy which allows for more vacation especially for newer employees.  The current policy only allows for 40 hours for the first 2 years of employment.  The plan proposed was as follows:  0-3 years would earn 8 hours a month, 4-7 years would earn 10 hours a month, and 8 years and over would earn 12 hours a month.  Employees would also be able to accrue 160 hours of vacation.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to accept the new proposal to be effective starting with the January 2019 payroll.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve an application of abatement of taxes for a disabled veteran credit for 2018.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve an application of abatement for partial taxes for 2017 to LC Rentals.  The taxpayer had purchased the property in November of 2016 for considerably less than the assessed value and had a full appraisal done on the property at that time.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to pay the bills.   All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for October 2, 2018.    

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 7TH, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on August 7, 2018 at 7:00 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the July 10, 2018 regular meeting was made by Teubner and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

County Auditor Joni Morlock went over the preliminary budget in detail with the Commissioners. Legislation requires a notice to be mailed to all taxpayers at the end of August.   Pay down on road equipment was discussed.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to amend the budget for the general fund in the amount of $136,867.40 to include the pay down on road equipment.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy was on hand to go over his budget.  Kennedy was questioned about how the 911 service was going.  Kennedy stated he was working with State Radio to get equipment updated. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering, was on hand to update the Commissioners on the Rock Lake Bridge project. A new legislative funding proposal to fund road projects was discussed. 

Gravel and road work was discussed with Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas. 

Curt Juntunen, County Parks, was on hand to update the Commissioners on the County Parks. 

Kevin Walford, Butler Equipment, was on hand to update Commissioners on shortage of equipment and price increases for 2019.

A meeting with the LEC was discussed.  Auditor Morlock is scheduled to meet with the other Auditors who are members of the LEC to discuss alternative funding options to the mill levy. 

Motion to approve Northern Plains Zoning Permit by Weisz, seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded Boe to update the employee manual through the NDACO for an approximate cost of $3,000.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried.

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Lagein to appoint Sandi Kessler to the TC Housing Authority Board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the 06/30/2018 pledge report.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for September 4, 2018.

   

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 10th, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on July 10, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Vice Chairman Lagein called the meeting to order.  Present were Commissioners Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the June 5, 2018 regular meeting and June 21, 2018 was made by Weisz and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Commission Chair Doug Berg entered the meeting.    

Dan Fischer, Fischer Surveying and Engineering, was on hand to discuss assessment drains. Water Board members were also on hand for the discussion.  Fischer explained the dynamics of setting up districts and maintenance issues. 

Vice Chair Lagein turned the meeting over to Chairman Berg. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering stated the Rock Lake Bridge project would be started in August.  Mitigation acres are in the plan and need to be purchased in order to get Federal funds for the mitigation acres.  Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas questioned who pays for culverts ordered for a project in Armourdale Township.  He was referred to the Water Board.  Rinas stated they were continuing to work on graveling roads. 

Lindy Berg, NDSU Extension, was on hand to go over the budget.  Lindsey Kennedy’s position was discussed.    Berg updated the Commissioners on new programs including certified babysitting, and teen drivers as well as current programs she is working on. 

Sherry Walters was on hand to state that foot care for other Counties would be provided as approved by the County Health Board. 

The purchase of a vehicle and an employee policy for the vehicle was discussed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to appoint David Lagein, Scott Boe, Gary Shock, James Gibbens, Mark Brehm, Steve Oakland, Curt Juntunen, Danny Krumwiede, and Chris Doehler to the County Zoning Board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The NDACO Presidents Tour being held on July 25th at 11:00 a.m. in the Commissioners room was discussed. 

The budget process was discussed. The Commissioners will meet at 7:00 a.m. on August 7th to go through the preliminary budget. 

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

SPECIAL MEETING

MINUTES

June 21st, 2018

A special meeting of the Towner County Commissioners was held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. in the basement of the Towner County Courthouse.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the bid for the federally funded box culvert project BRO-0048(020). Present were Commissioners Berg, Lagein, Weisz, Teubner and Boe.  Also present were States Attorney Tom Nikolaisen, Road Supervisor Kevin Rinas and Engineer Matt Wold. 

The Commissioners had rejected the first bid on the project and accepted the 2nd bidder.  The State took the position that if they don’t take the first bid, the County will not be allowed Federal funding. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Lagein to rescind the original motion to accept the 2nd higher bid.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to accept the low bid as recommended by NDDOT.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

 

_______________________________                                                           ______________________________________

Joni Morlock                                                                                               Doug Berg

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                           Commission Chairman

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

June 5th, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on June 5, 2018 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

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

Sheriff Kennedy stated North Star School and the City of Cando have confirmed they will each share 1/3 of the cost with the County to hire a school resource officer.  The cost will be about $20,000 per entity.  A drug enforcement push was done this week.  The County Sheriff’s department worked with the Border Patrol for 3 days in an extra effort to control drug traffic. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated the bid was awarded for the Memorial Building windows to Christopherson Construction.  Chairs at the Armory were discussed and will be ordered.  A new County vehicle was discussed.  The elevator at the Memorial Building was discussed.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to accept the bid from Legend Technical Services, Inc. to do the asbestos and lead based paint survey for the elevator.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The roof at the Armory was discussed. 

Troy Reemtsma, Legion Commander, was on hand to inform the Commissioners of the upcoming events.  The American Legion and Hal Parker Post #79 are celebrating 100 years.  The post is planning many events including an educational flag disposal and rib dinner, a motorcycle run and gathering at the memorial bldg., as well as a big event and celebration on July 6th, 2019 which includes a parade and a street dance.

Denise Hanson, Public Health, stated there is a company working on tobacco signs for County buildings.  She also requested the County make all County grounds and buildings tobacco free. 

BRO-0048(020) was bid.  Wesslen Construction, Inc. of Washington State bid $534,071.21.  Wesslen Construction has no recent work history in North Dakota.   Gladen Construction’s bid was roughly $2,000 higher.  Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering, recommended the County go with Gladen, stating they had worked with them before, and knew they did good work. Motion by Teubner, seconded by Lagein to reject the Wesslen Construction bid and go with the 2nd higher bid of from Gladen Construction.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Kevin Rinas stated it has been a slow process getting gravel out.  The hauls are small to save on already damaged roads.  Frost damage to roads was discussed.    A citizen complained about the Calvin road.

Tax Director Bonnie Good presented an omitted property which had been approved by the County Auditor for a property in Grainfield Township.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve the omitted property as recommended.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The County Commission recessed as the County Commission and reconvened as the County Board of Equalization.   Tax Equalization Director Bonnie Good requested appeals and comments from each City.  The City of Egeland requested the County do a reassessment of the City of Egeland and bill the City over 5 years.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to offer a contract to the City of Egeland for reassessment to be paid off over a 5 year period.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve the valuation of the Cities. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Late applications for farm residence were discussed.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to accept the late completed applications.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Appeals and comments were taken from each Township.  A valuation discrepancy on a residence in Howell Township was addressed.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve the Township valuations. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve inundated applications. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried.   There is no change needed to meet the commercial and residential tolerance level.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to accept no change to the valuations of residential and commercial valuations. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  An increase was needed for agricultural land in order to meet the State tolerance level.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to increase the agricultural land values by 2% in order to comply with the State tolerance level.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  A motion to adjourn as Board of Equalization and reconvene as County Board of Commissioners was made.  Tim Hendrickson was on hand and stated he would no longer be doing any assessing.  Chairman Berg thanked him for his years of service. 

The Water Board attended the Commissioners meeting and gave the Commissioners an EAP for the Bisbee Dam project.  Water assessment districts for the county were discussed.  There are several culverts that need replacement and the County doesn’t know how to pay for them.  An engineer would be asked to the next meeting to discuss the issue of setting up assessment districts for the entire County. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A financial report and budget recommendations were given by Auditor Morlock.

The next meeting was set for July 10, 2018.  

  

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 1st, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on May 1, 2018 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the April 3, 2018 regular meeting was made by Teubner and seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated he was having trouble with the security system in the courthouse and would eventually have to replace it.  The Sheriff’s department has been working with the school and emergency manager for training and awareness of school or courthouse incidents involving an active shooter.  Kennedy addressed the 911 calls with LEC and stated he would be at the next Law Enforcement Center meeting.  Weight limits on trucks were discussed. 

Joshua Frey, was on hand to request the Commissioners approval to be on the ballot in both Towner and McHenry County.  He has already received permission from the McHenry County Commissioners.  The issue was tabled until the Commissioners could visit with the States Attorney. 

Road Department Kevin Rinas has a list of Townships that would like culverts replaced and does not have enough money in the budget to cover them all.  Commissioners referred Rinas to the Water Board to try to get assessment districts set up in order to bill specific areas for culvert projects they want done.  Later, Rinas came back after meeting with the Water Board and stated the Board would like to be on the agenda for the next meeting.  Larry Halverson presented a spreadsheet of what it cost to maintain the County roads.  The cost to the county was approximately $200,000 just for summer maintenance.  That cost did not include gravel or snow.  Weight limits for trucks were discussed with the road department.  Road limits are set by a total weight, not axel weight.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to move toward weight per axel limits.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

 

John Peters was on hand to state he would like to recommend Jeremy Johnson as his replacement on the Towner County Economic Development Board. Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to accept John’s resignation and appoint Jeremy Johnson to the TCEDC board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Peters also stated that Tim Hedrickson has told him he is not doing assessing for several Townships.  There are 12 Townships that would not have an assessor.  County Tax Director Bonnie Good was on hand and the Commissioners asked for her advice.  Good would like to contract with a data collector and bill the Townships.  The auditor and tax director agree that by passing costs to the Township, the County can get the work done. 

Greg Westlind, District 15 House Representative, was on hand to go over legislation regarding air ambulance subscriptions.  Westlind stated the bill protects North Dakota residents from overbilling by air ambulance services.  Westlind explained that insurance companies must cover the air flight service and air flight services must accept that payment, therefor making any extra insurance unnecessary.  Commissioner Lagein asked Representative Westlind about the social service bill and how it affected Towner County.  Towner County was spending less money on human services and therefor did not get the relief that other Counties had. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated they had hired 2 people to supervise the Armory for about 10 hours per week and they were waiting for background checks.  Bids for 7 windows at the memorial building were opened.  Bill Voight would like time to check over the bids.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe for the building committee to make the decision regarding the project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Emergency Manager Lori Beck talked about the County hazard mitigation plan which is due in 2020.  A grant is available for the plan.  2 bids were received from KLJ and Nexus.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to go with the low bid from KLJ.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Beck discussed a fire management plan with the Commissioners.  Beck stated they were trying to manage with communication with their local fire department and 911 services.  There would not be a burning ban in at this time, but ask people to check the state website for map restrictions. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering was on hand to talk about the right of way in the Hansboro road.  The 2 acre triangular area in question has a slope easement for construction that reverts back to the owner after construction.  The warranty deed the County has is for the road bed.  Johnson also stated the new bridge project would be bid in May. 

Lindy Berg, NDSU extension went over the 2017 annual highlights with the commissioners.  Berg also stated she was going to try a new approach for cost share of the weed spray.  Reimbursements would be done at the end of the year versus an up-front savings.  Berg stated they are planning a babysitting training, safety day and youth lead local events.  Berg said they were working on ideas for the community garden as well as several other summer programs and activities. 

Curt Juntunen was on hand to inquire about trees at the rest area.  The County would like the Finnish organization and State to agree on what is moved where. Junten also updated the Commissioners on spring park maintenance. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A zoning update was given by Morlock. She is working on zoning for Marijuana facilities as well as bee keeping issues. 

The States Attorney election was discussed.  Motion by Lagein to leave the decision until after the election.   The issue was tabled for lack of a second. 

Commissioner Teubner updated the Commissioners on the LEC.  Teubner stated some of the LEC Board was not very receptive to switching the mill levy to some kind of percentage at this time. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve an application for abatement for a disabled veteran in Cando Township.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

The next meeting was set for June 5, 2018.  

  

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 3rd, 2018

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on April 3, 2018 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the March 6, 2018 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Bob Kennedy updated the Commissioners on more arrests and crimes being solved in Towner County.  Kennedy stated he is looking into a program to facilitate a school resource officer to be utilized by the school part time and then fill in with work from the City and County. 

Kevin Walford from Butler was on hand and stated the new grader would not be available until August.  A contract for a piece of property in Picton Township was referred to States Attorney Nikolaisen.  A bridge with an alert code 3 was discussed.  Kevin Rinas stated it should be taken off the list as the bridge is on a road that is closed.  Rinas will notify the State to take it off the maintenance list.  Other bridges were discussed and Rinas will work with Larry Halvorson to get them taken off the County maintenance list.  Motion to approve a construction maintenance agreement for bridge project BRO-0048(020) was made by Teubner and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.    

Emergency Manager Lori Beck was on hand to discuss a mutual aid agreement for emergency services with Rolette County.  Move to approve the agreement by Teubner, seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Beck stated that she would like to apply for a homeland security grant to pay for a radio repeater in the Rock Lake area.  The cost was $10,508.72 and Beck stated if they did get the grant, the County may be responsible for a share.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to apply for the grant.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Members of the Armourdale Township board were on hand to discuss a road in their Township.  The County referred them to the water board to have the culverts installed under the Badger Coulee assessment district.  The Township will be responsible for any road improvements. 

Rob Johnson and other members of the Law Enforcement Center were present to answer any questions.  The mill levy the five regional Counties pay was again discussed.  Towner County would like to pay their share of costs, versus a mill levy. 

People representing the Finnish rest area as well as Wyatt Hanson from the NDDOT were on hand to discuss a plan for the Finnish monument.  Amanda Bykonen stated the committee had approved the monument could be placed at the Armourdale campground area, or in the City of Rolla, with a cement slab and walkway to the monument.  They also requested that signage from the highway be provided and the small trees from the existing site be moved to Armourdale campground.  Jim Carlson, who will end up with the property, wants large trees, bathrooms, fence, well, and cement slabs removed so that he could return the land to farm land.  The County agrees to allow the monument to be on the Armourdale campground property as long as the park exists. 

Zoning board committee members were discussed.  Motion by to Weisz, seconded by Lagein to appoint Larry Halvorson to the Housing Board Authority.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion to approve the Opportunity Zone designation as requested by the City of Cando by Lagein, seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve the liquor license for the Cando Golf Club.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for May 1, 2018.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

March 6th, 2018

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order and all recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Mike Weisz and Scott Boe. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the February, 2018 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Matt from Wold Engineering was on hand to discuss the Towner County Structure Replacement Project.  He recommended Kevin Rinas be the contact person. Motion by Weisz, second by Boe to appoint Rinas as the contact person.  Motion by Lagein to waive the utility permit fee for Turtle Mountain Communication as they will be doing the work for us.  Second by Boe.  Motion carried.

Sheriff Kennedy was on hand.  He reported that they had made several felony arrests the past month.

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight was on hand and reported that the chair lift is almost done.  Lisa Swenson has moved out of the Memorial Building Office due to allergies.  Motion by Lagein, second by Boe to let her out of her year lease.  Motion carried.

Discussion was held on hiring someone to supervise the Armory so it could be open on weekends or evenings.  They would start out at 10 hours a week @ $15 per hour.

Lindy Berg of the Extension Office was on hand to update them on Crop Improvement.

Motion by Boe, second by Weisz to pay the bills.

Representatives of the Finnish Rest Area were present along with Devils Lake DOT member. DOT wants to vacate the rest area and return it to the county or the land owners.  They would be willing to get everything ready to turn over and would be willing to move the monument to Armourdale Dam where the county would maintain it.  Finnish representatives will take it back to their organization to discuss and will meet again at the April meeting.

The meeting was then opened up for a Public Hearing in regard to a Resolution of Towner County to  license and permit for medical Marijuana Center.  Motion by Weisz to adopt the Resolution, second by Boe. Motion carried.

Old Business:   Zoning Board member to replace Wayne Freund was tabled until next meeting.

New Business:  Boe made a motion to accept the Safety Inspections of Concrete Box Culverts on a 48 month cycle as proposed by the ND DOT.  Second by Weisz.  Motion carried.

The Board of Commissioners elected to enter into a funding agreement for the 2019-2021 biennium to receive reimbursement for providing Clerk of District Court services from the Supreme Court.   Motion by Lagein to accept this agreement, second by Boe.  Motion carried.

A floor model pamphlet dispenser for the Memorial Building for Public Health was discussed.

Next meeting was set for April 3, 2018.    

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Judy Bulie, Deputy Auditor                                                            Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

FEB 1st, 2018

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order and all recited the Pledge to Allegiance.   Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Mike Weisz, and Ken Teubner.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the January, 2018 regular meeting was made by Teubner and seconded by Lagein. .  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Road Superintendant Kevin Rinas and Kevin from Butler were there. Kevin from Butler presented a price on anew motor grader. Motion by Lagein, second by Teubner to accept bid pending approval of the Auditor. Motion carried.   Kevin is to meet with Morlock to pick best plan for payment.

Lori Beck , Emergency Manager, was on hand and presented a Memorandum of Understanding, a contract between the State of ND and Towner County for the State to share radio frequencies when the new system gets set up.

Motion by Weisz, second by Lagein to sign the memorandum.  Motion carried.

Deputy Howard was present and said they had hired a new part time deputy.

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight was on hand to discuss issues at the Armory. A committee will be set up to inquire into hiring someone to work at the armory on weekends so it can remain open.

Tax Director, Bonnie Good was on hand stating the Cando Township had requested that she be the assessor for their township.  Motion by Teubner, second by Weisz to accept Cando Township being assessed by the County. Motion by Lagein, second by Teubner to extend the deadline for applications for exemptions until March 1st, 2018. Motion by Teubner, second by Weisz to leave it at 10 acres for exemption. Motion carried.

Old Business:  Weisz reported that the panic button had been installed in the Social Service Office.

Motion by Teubner, second by Weisz to pay the bills.

Zoning Board member to replace Wayne Freund tabled until next meeting.

Motion by Weisz, second by Lagein to approve Armory Lease to Lisa Swenson.  Motion carried.

Motion by Lagein, second by Teubner to approve Land Lease with Mike Haberstroh.  Motion carried.

 A Resolution of Towner County to License and Permit for Medical Marijuana Distribution and Manufacturing Centers was reviewed. There will be a public meeting at the Commissioners Meeting on March 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

The county breakfast will be April 5th.

Next meeting was set for March 6th.    

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Judy Bulie, Deputy Auditor                                                           Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

January 2nd, 2018

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on January 2, 2018 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the December 5, 2017 regular meeting and December 11, 2017 special meeting was made by Teubner and seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kennedy reported that some of the burglars up north had been caught. Kennedy also stated the hiring board had hired 2 new deputies.  Kennedy asked about getting the deputies’ 60 hours of vacation instead of 40 due to the 12 hours shifts they worked.  Kennedy had been examining the shifts to see if he could get better hours for the deputies. 

Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas stated he had purchased a skid steer.  An ad would be placed for a new road man. Removing trees from the ditches was discussed.  The purchase of a gravel trailer was discussed.   Due to health issues and other problems, the road crew is 3 guys short.  Rinas warned the Commissioners that in the case of snow, it would not go as efficiently has it previously has. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight discussed an estimate from D&M Electric for a programmable logic controller (PLC), programming, wiring and testing for the Courthouse chair lift.  The estimate was for $8,500.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to purchase the PLC to repair the chair lift.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Renting the office space at the Armory was discussed.  A fee of $300 was decided on to charge for rent.  A panic button in the Social Service office was discussed.  Commissioner Weisz was working with NDTC to get one installed.

A meeting with Allen McKay regarding the sewer inspection was discussed.  States Attorney Tom Nikolaisen and Commissioner Lagein attended the meeting. 

Medical Marijuana Zoning was discussed. McKenzie County was working on an ordinance the County could model as soon as it was available.  In the meantime, the Commissioners would look for a new zoning member to replace Wayne Freund. 

The drug testing of all employees was discussed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to deed a foreclosed house to the City of Bisbee.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve abatements as recommended by the County Tax Director.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve gaming permit #2018-01 to the Cando Golf Club.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

A financial report was given by Auditor Morlock.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve the amendments as recommended by the County Auditor.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve transfers as recommended by the County Auditor.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to forego reorganization in favor of keeping the current officers.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for February 1, 2018.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

December 5th, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on December 5, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, and Ken Teubner.  Commissioner Scott Boe was absent. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the November 7, 2017 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering, presented an environmental permit for a bridge project east of Rock Lake (BRO-0048(020).  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve the permit. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Johnson also stated they were working on an issue with 1/10 of an acre of wetland mitigation for the project.  Negotiations with land owners of the right of way for the project was discussed. 

Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas asked if they could start getting rid of some of the big trees in the ditches being there was no snow at this time.  Skid steer bids were reviewed and discussed by the Commissioners.  The purchase of a used gravel trailer was discussed.  A County road employee was on hand to explain his situation in having to take care of his wife. Commissioners stated they would support any decision he made regarding leave or retirement.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to purchase a skid steer and let Rinas make the decision as to which one.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Sheriff Kennedy stated he had terminated an employee and was currently taking applications for 2 new officers.  Kennedy state the Stonegarden grant is paying for more than ½ of a new vehicle which they would be acquiring soon.  Kennedy wanted to look at the Sheriff’s advisory committee and see if it would be possible to meet either annually or biannually. 

Lindy Berg and Ron Wiederholt were on hand to answer questions regarding the restructuring of the NDSU extension program.  The NDSU extension service have been under review by the State.  Wiederholt stated they had a 4 million dollar cut in their budget for the current biennium. A combination of programs and districts are one way they are saving money.  A new County structure was also proposed. Currently NDSU pays ½ of the salary of the agent and 100 % of the benefits.  The new structure states the County will pay 40% and NDSU will pay 60% of the total salary/benefit package.  The cost to the County of this new proposal would be $5,276. This would occur starting in 2019. 

Tax Equalization Director Bonnie Good stated there were several Township and Cities that did not have a certified assessor. The City of Egeland as well as Olson and Mt. View Townships had contacted Good to see if the County could do their assessments.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to approve the addition of the City of Egeland and Olson and Mt. View Townships to the County Assessors work load.  All Commissioner voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Sewer inspections in Towner County were discussed.  The Commissioners are concerned that the enforcement by the Lake Region District Health Unit is not following the Towner County agreement, which follows the State building code.  Commissioners are concerned the LRDHU is interpreting the law much stricter than what the code requires.  A meeting with the LRDHU before the end of the year was discussed as our contract with them expires the end of the year.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to appoint Matthew Odermann to the Public Health Board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Lagein to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed.

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to give all County employees December 26th as a holiday to make up for the Christmas Eve holiday they will miss.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve a transfer from the Farm to Market fund for $150,094.00 and a transfer from the FEMA 2011 fund for $79,531.44, with both transfers going to the County Road & Bridge fund.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

 

Auditor Morlock went over the 2015-2016 audit report with the Commissioners.  The County had a clean report with no significant issues. 

The next meeting was set for January 2, 2018.  The February meeting was set for Thursday, February 1, 2018. 

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

November 7th, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on November 7, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the October 3, 2017 regular meeting the October 13th and October 20th special meetings was made by Teubner and seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering, stated Marion had finished the rework project on the Hansboro road.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to pay Marion Trucking for the project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Johnson stated Wanzek was requesting the balance of their money.  The Commissioners reluctantly agreed due to the poor work done on the project.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Lagein to pay Wanzek.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Water on the South end of the County and drain tile permits were discussed. 

Load limits were discussed with Kevin Rinas and newly appointed Sheriff Bob Kennedy.  The Commissioners discussed scales with Kennedy who was very receptive of obtaining them.  Kennedy then stated there had been a lack of consistent training which he was now trying to get under control.  Kennedy stated that the type of officers he hired in the future may be somewhat different than what has been previously hired.  Sheriff Kennedy stated he was also going through the policy manual trying to simplify the one they had.  In addition, Commissioners and the Sheriff talked about the current jail system as well as Kennedy’s schedule and working with the Highway Patrol.

States Attorney Tom Nikolaisen entered meeting.  Nikolaisen stated an attorney representing Bob Timms was questioning the placement of a culvert in Atkins Township.  Nikolaisen and Chairman Berg drove out and looked at the issue and felt the height and depth of the culverts were properly placed. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated the coal furnace was not yet working.  He was waiting for a pump.  Installing more bleeders was discussed and Voight was given permission to plan on installing more of them. Plumit Plumbing was working on a sewer pipe crack.  Pipe from the basement to the 3rd floor needs to be replaced. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to discontinue paying 1(one) Mill to the LR Law Enforcement Center starting in 2019.  All Commissioners vote aye.  Motion passed.  Commissioners are open to paying a fee based on percentage of usage or some other method which would constitute a fairer arrangement.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve a lease with the NDDOT to let them use part of the County shop to store their equipment this winter.  All voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion to approve the annual maintenance agreement with the NDDOT was made by Teubner and seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion to approve the same precinct and polling place as previous elections was made by Boe, seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Lagein to approve the code of conduct and the administrative contract CDBG grant for a Towner County Housing window project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to appoint Matt Swanson to the Towner County Housing Authority Board to replace Dana Johnson.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to pay bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

  

The next meeting was set for December 5, 2017

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

SPECIAL MEETING

October 13th, 2017

The Towner County Board of Commissioners met on October 13, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the basement of the Courthouse for the purpose of discussing the resignation of Sheriff Kuchar.   Present were Commissioners Berg, Weisz, Boe, Teubner and Lagein.  Also present was States Attorney Tom Nikoliasen. 

Chairman Berg call the meeting to order. Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to accept the resignation of Sheriff Kuchar effective October 20, 2017 due to health reasons.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

A short discussion was held on the appointment of an interim Sheriff.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to appoint Chief Deputy Doug Howard to the interim position effective October 20, 2017.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A discussion was held about hiring a new deputy as Kuchar is resigning from law enforcement.  Howard was given permission to begin looking for a new hire right away.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned by motion.

Joni M. Morlock                                                           Doug Berg

Towner County Auditor/Treas.                                   County Commission Chairman

SPECIAL MEETING

October 20th, 2017

The Towner County Board of Commissioners met on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the basement of the court house for the purpose of re-appointing the County Sheriff.  Doug Howard, who was recently appointed, has declined the appointment.  The purpose of the special meeting was also to discuss the Wanzek portion of the Hansboro road project.  Present at the meeting were Commissioners Berg, Lagein, Boe, Teubner and Weisz.  Also present was Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas. 

The Meeting was called to order by Commissioner Berg. 

Chief Deputy Doug Howard address the Commissioners and stated that he was declining the appointment to the interim Sheriff position at this time.  Howard stated that after visiting with his family, he had decided it would be better to turn down the position at this time. 

Auditor Joni Morlock and States Attorney Tom Nikolaisen recommended the Commissioners appoint Robert Kennedy as the interim Sheriff.  Morlock stated that she had been working with the Highway Patrol, and they had given the go ahead for Kennedy to apply his expertise to the Sheriff’s Department in addition to working for the Highway Patrol.  Conflicts with the 2 positions were discussed.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to accept the recommendation and appoint Robert Kennedy the interim Sheriff for Towner County.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

The discussion then turned to the Hansboro road project.  Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering presented the Commissioners with an estimate from Marion Construction to repair the road for $31,500.  They could do the repairs in the next 2 weeks but would have to close the road for a couple of days in order to get it completed.  When Wold Engineering was questioned on their responsibility, Johnson stated he did not want to give money back to Towner County, but offered to provide a $15,000 discount on an upcoming bridge project to which the Commissioners agreed.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to approve the estimate and hire Marion Construction.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

 

Joni M. Morlock                                                                            Doug Berg

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                             Towner County Commission Chair

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

October 3rd, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on October 3, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, and Ken Teubner.  Commissioner Boe was absent. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the September 5, 2017 regular meeting and the September 20, 2017 special meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated the roof project at the Armory had been completed.  Items in the hallway by public health was discussed.  Commissioner Lagein, who is on the Public Health Board, will work with Sherry Walters in getting the area cleared.  Voight stated the flooring in the extension office had been completed.  Locks at the Armory were discussed. 

Commissioner Boe entered the meeting at 8:45 a.m. 

Road Supervisor Kevin Rinas stated FEMA was finishing up with their work in Towner County.  Rinas stated he had received a letter from Benson County stating that a bridge on the County line had fallen in and asking Towner County to pay half.  A County Border Agreement was enclosed.  Areas in Towner County which need large culverts were discussed.  The County Commissioners referred Rinas to the Water Board to see if they could assess the area to pay for the project. 

Curt Juntunen was on hand to discuss Park Board happenings. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to accept a vehicle from Ward County for the emergency manager.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve the Benson County Agreement.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to approve the Armory Lease with North Star School.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The Water Board members entered the meeting.  Replacing a bridge in Section 6 in Teddy Township and financing it with a Badger Coolie assessment was discussed.  It was decided to do a hydrology study this year.  The Water Board would pay for the project and an assessment would be done next year. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering stated the NDDOT meeting would be next Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Bismarck Civic Center.  A bridge project NE of Rock Lake is scheduled for next summer using Federal Funding.  A grade raise would be needed to meet the specs of the project.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve the Federal aid program work sheet.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Johnson also stated the State would not approve the change order on the Wanzek portion of the Hansboro project.  Wanzek wanted $ 66,000 to fix the road they had built.  Commissioner Lagein questioned Wold’s responsibility in the project.  Johnson would talk to some local contractors for an estimate and talk to Wold Engineering about contributing to the project.  Commissioner Teubner left the meeting. 

Deputy Sheriff Howard was on hand as Sheriff Kuchar was sick.  Commissioner Lagein stated that people in the northern part of the County felt they weren’t getting action on thefts that had occurred. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve Jannel and David Lagein as State Fair delegates.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the minimum bids on foreclosed properties as set by the County Commission.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to pay bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to transfer $30,046 from the County weed fund to the County general fund as set forth in the 2017 budget.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The Commissioners acknowledged the 06/30/2017 report of pledges.

The preliminary budget was discussed.   Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to approve the final budget and salaries.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for November 7, 2017.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

SPECIAL MEETING

September 20th, 2017

The Towner County Board of Commissioners met on September 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Courthouse for the purpose of holding a public meeting to discuss the Towner County budget increase.  Present were Commissioners Weisz, Boe, Teubner and Lagein.  Commissioner Berg was absent.

Vice Chair Lagein called the meeting to order.  At 6:40 p.m. Chairman Berg entered the meeting and Lagein turned the meeting over to him.  There were 2 taxpayers present.  The County is increasing its budget by 8.39% in the upcoming year.   Auditor Morlock explained the reasons for the increased budget which included mainly loss in State Revenue.  The Ambulance South district had a large increase due to they are trying to balance their budget and set aside funds for a newer ambulance.  The taxpayer concerns were addressed. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m. by Motion.

 

Joni M. Morlock                                                           Doug Berg

Towner County Auditor/Treas.                                   County Commission Chairman

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

September 5th, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on September 5, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the August 1, 2017 regular meeting and August 17th and 30th special meetings was made by Boe and seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

County Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas stated that a farmer had made a mess out of a County road while tiling his field.  Disturbing County roads is against County policy.  The States Attorney and Water Board would be consulted.  Other road projects including the Egeland road were discussed with Rinas.  Rinas stated that FEMA is in the area working with the County and then Townships. 

Issues at the Armory were discussed with Bill Voight.  A letter to the Commissioners concerning the locking of the Armory was discussed.  Commissioner Weisz would arrange a meeting with the person to try to come up with a solution. 

Sheriff Dustin Kucher stated they are monitoring truck speeding.  A vehicle auction will be held before winter.  Sheriff Kucher stated they were having trouble with Rolette County Sheriff’s department helping them obtain criminals.  Kucher stated he was not willing to sign a jail contract with Rolette County until they were more cooperative. 

Jim Slusser and Vicki Lingen were on hand to discuss the old school building on the Courthouse grounds.  Slusser stated the Pioneer Foundation Museum owns the building and would like to get rid of it.  The building currently needs a new roof.  The Commissioners were not interested in maintaining the building.  Slusser stated he would talk to the Towner County Museum, the Hawk Museum or try to sell the building. 

Tax Assessor Bonnie Good was on hand to explain the increase in her budget for providing tablets and software to the Township Assessors. 

Several representatives from the Towner County Economic Development were on hand to talk to the Commissioners and answer any questions.  Director JoAnn Rodenbiker filled the Commissioners in on what had happened in the previous year.  Rodenbiker stated 2 FlexPACE loans were approved, they had referred 6 clients to the North Central Small Business Development Center for free new business consultation and there were a couple of deals in the works which they could not discuss at this time.  Chairman James Gibbens was on hand to discuss Towner County taking over the Executive Director position as Rodenbiker is retiring.  Auditor Morlock stated that she would be willing to assume the position.   John Peters stated he would like to resign his position.  Peters had someone in mind and would try to come up with a replacement. 

Kim Rulliffson, Lindy Berg and Lindsey Kennedy from the NDSU extension office were on hand.  Rulliffson introduced herself as the district director.  Rulliffson stated that Lindy Berg had been recognized nationally for many of her projects including a poster in the education area, her collaborative project with the Soil Conservation for “Women on the Farm”, and her weekly column “People Were Wondering”.  A bid for carpet tiles was discussed. Berg questioned the county making Lindsey Kennedy a benefited employee after she received her degree until state funding became available.  State funding has been cut and they are not adding positions at this time. 

Paul Johnson, Towner County Ambulance, was on the agenda to discuss the Ambulance South budget.  They had increased their budget from $12,000 to $31,716.  Johnson stated they have been running in the red and are looking at purchasing a new or refurbished ambulance and have to update software.  Johnson stated they average 100 calls per year. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Rob Johnson, Lake Region Law Enforcement Center, was on hand to explain the issues going on at the Center.  The mill levy assessed to each member County was discussed.  Towner County does not agree with the mill levy charge.   911 services were also discussed with Johnson. 

The Rollette County Jail Contract was discussed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded Boe to approve the contract.  Upon roll call vote Commissioners Lagein, Boe, Berg, and Weisz voted aye.  Commissioner Teubner voted nay.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to accept an application for abatement for a house in Hansboro which had been removed before the 2017 assessment.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to approve a permit from Northern Plains to cross a County road.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.    

Carpet for the extension office was discussed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to replace the carpet out of this year’s budget.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion to contract with the Towner County Economic Development Corporation for the Executive Director position was made by Teubner and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve the preliminary budget.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   A public meeting to discuss the increase in the budget was set for Wednesday, Sept. 20th at 6:30 p.m. 

The next meeting was set for October 3, 2017.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioner

SPECIAL MEETING

August 30th, 2017

The Towner County Board of Commissioners met on August 31, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the basement of the Courthouse for the purpose of discussing the Wanzek portion of the Hansboro road project and holding a telephone conference with Wanzek.  Present were Commissioners Berg, Weisz, Boe, Teubner and Lagein.  Also present were road supervisor Kevin Rinas and Matt Johnson of Wold Engineering. 

Commissioner Berg called the meeting to order.  An estimate for $64,000 from Wanzek to come back and fix the problem areas was reviewed.  Matt Johnson of Wold Engineering felt the estimate was high.  States Attorney Tom Nikolaisen entered the meeting.  The Commissioners questioned Nikolaisen about the legal ramifications of the issue.  A phone call to Wanzek was made.  During the phone call the delivery of the borrow material was discussed.  Wanzek’s Bryce Peterson stated that if they had to haul the borrow material, the estimate would increase.  Pederson stated they would take another look at the original estimate and provide Towner County with a new estimate.  Payment of the Contractor was discussed.  Towner County owes Wanzek $181,057.74.  This is an 80/20 split with the State paying 80% and Towner County paying 20%.  Johnson stated that 2% of the total project would have to be withheld in order to keep the project open to the State Funding.  Towner County agreed to pay Wanzek all but $25,000.   After the phone call ended, there was a motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to pay Wanzek all but $25,000.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The meeting adjourned by Motion.

 

Joni M. Morlock                                                                            Doug Berg

Towner County Auditor/Treas.                                                    County Commission Chairman

SPECIAL MEETING

August 17th, 2017

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The Towner County Board of Commissioners met on August 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the basement of the Courthouse for the purpose of discussing the Wanzek portion of the Hansboro road project.  Present were Commissioners Berg, Weisz, Boe, Teubner and Lagein. Also present were road supervisor Kevin Rinas and Larry Halverson.  The meeting was called to order by Commission Chairman Berg.

Commissioners Weisz, Teubner and Boe, Kevin Rinas and Wold Engineer Matt Johnson had met on the road site on Monday, August 14th with people representing Wanzek Construction.  Wanzek stated they were willing to sub cut the areas identified in the field on Monday and place new material and gravel.  Wanzek was also looking for payment in full for the project.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to release ½ of the money still owed in a good faith effort and pay the remainder when Wanzek repairs the bad areas.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried.

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to put a hold on releasing the first ½ of funding until a response and paperwork is received from Wanzek stating what they were going to do to repair the areas identified.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried. 

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

Joni M. Morlock                                                                           Doug Berg

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                            County Commission Chairman

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

August 1st, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on August 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Vice Chairman Lagein called the meeting to order.  Present were Commissioners Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe. Chairman Doug Berg was absent. 

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the July 7, 2017 regular meeting and the July 25, 2017 special meeting was made by Boe and seconded by Weisz.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Road Superintendent Kevin Rinas stated that Terry Vote had resigned as Superintendent and would like to go back to being a blade operator.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to accept his resignation and place him back at the blade operator position with the blade operator salary.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Rinas stated that FEMA would be helping out with some of the spring road flooding. 

Bill Voight was on hand to discuss the roof project at the Armory. 

Sheriff Kuchar presented the Commissioners with a proposal to buy a new vehicle out of the 2018 budget.  Stonegarden grant money was available for almost ½ of the vehicle.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to purchase the vehicle.  Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. Commissioners discussed area thefts and drugs with the Sheriff. 

Curt Juntunen, County Parks, was present to discuss park matters with the Commissioners. 

Lindy Berg, NDSU Extension Agent, went over budget issues with the Commissioners.  Berg stated weed spraying in 16-18 Townships had been completed.  Berg informed the Commissioners that she was working towards her master’s degree and other incentives.  Berg requested the carpeting in her offices be replaced.  She would provide estimates at the next meeting. 

Wayne Lingen, County Superintendent of Schools, was on hand to present a revised list of the school district annexation & reorganization committee.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve Michelle Keller and Lynette Lybeck as new committee members.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the Northern Plains zoning permit to cross a County road.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Rob Johnson, Lake Region Law Enforcement, was on hand to give the Commissioners an update on the “Stepping up” initiative.  Johnson stated correction officers were ill equipped to deal with the mental illness and substance abuse issues.  The Committee was put in place to try to talk about the issues and come up with a plan to assess and offer useful services for prisoners.  Johnson also updated the Commissioners on conditions at the jail.  Johnson stated there were still several issues at the jail that needed to be addressed.  Facility repairs were needed as well as mandates that they still are not in compliance with.  Costs are increasing due to mandates, but revenues are not. 

Rolette County Commissioners were available via teleconference to ask the Towner County Commissioners if they were interested in housing prisoners at their new jail facility. The price would be $70-75 per day.  Transports for medical reasons were discussed.  Towner County Commissioners stated they were interested in reviewing a contract.

County budget issues and employee salaries for the 2018 budget were discussed. 

Regulations regarding bees were discussed.  Currently the State or County have no regulations regarding bees.  Commissioners discussed the County taking a pro-active stance on the placement of bees. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The next meeting was set for September 5, 2017.  

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Dave Lagein, Vice Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County

SPECIAL MEETING

September 25th, 2017

The Towner County Board of Commissioners met on July 25, 2017 at 3:00 in the basement of the Courthouse for the purpose of discussing the Hansboro road project with Wanzek Construction via telephone conference.  A drought declaration was also on the agenda to be discussed.  Present were Commissioners Berg, Weisz, Boe and Lagein. Commissioner Teubner was absent.  Also present were road supervisors Kevin Rinas and Terry Vote as well as Engineer Matt Johnson.  The meeting was called to order by Commission Chairman Berg.

A conference call was made to Wanzek Construction’s Bryce Peterson who is the VP of Construction for Wanzek.  Matt Johnson informed them that there were approximately 13 problem areas in the Hansboro road which needed to be addressed.  Johnson stated that Wanzek was previously informed about the areas, but when they came to fix them there was no one from the County represented.  Peterson stated that they would like pictures and documentation of the problems and then would arrange for a meeting on-site to discuss the issues.  Johnson would get the pictures and documentation to Wanzek and would inform the Commissioners of when the on-site meeting would take place.

An emergency drought declaration was discussed.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the declaration.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

Joni M. Morlock                                                                                         Doug Berg

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                          County Commission Chairman

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

July 7th, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on July 7, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the June 6, 2017 regular meeting and the June 21, 2017 special meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering, was on hand to request approval on the final estimate on the Wanzek portion of the Hansboro project.  Commissioners had several issues with the condition of the road and were not willing to approve the final payment for the project.  Johnson stated the Federal Bridge project NE of Rock Lake was ready to go and was waiting for the Federal money to be designated. 

Bill Voight, Maintenance Supervisor, presented the Commission with an estimates for repairing the roof on the Armory building.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to have the section over the car port repaired with a foam process for the estimated price of $4,625. Upon roll call vote, Commissioner Boe abstained and all other Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Locking the Armory was again discussed.  Voight asked permission to hire a direct relative part time.  The issue was tabled until the end of the meeting. 

Kathy Benson, Veteran Service Officer, was on hand to fill the Commissioners in on the impact of the State budget cuts on Towner County.  Benson went over the State budget cuts in detail with the Commissioners. Cuts will result in funding cuts for services and delays in the processing of returns for Veterans. 

Bob Timms attended the meeting to go over drainage issues and culverts.  Timms stated that being on the South end of the County he feels he has ended up with a lot of water drained from upstream.  Timms would like the area surveyed to try to come up with a solution.  The Commissioners stated they would make a recommendation to the Water Board to initiate a survey. 

Sheriff Kuchar was on hand and stated the July 4th holiday went smoothly.  Kuchar stated some work had been done to improve 911 communications. 

Gary Martin was on hand to update the Commissioners on the cleanup at Snyders Lake.  Martin would like to reimburse the fuel for equipment and chain saw blades to the volunteers who helped in the cleanup.  The cost of the fuel and supplies for the volunteers would amount to approximately $1250.  Motion by Teubner seconded by Boe to approve the expenditure for the volunteers, noting that the cost would have been considerably higher without the volunteer’s help.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The City of Bisbee was requesting $4,930 from the County to finish paying off the bills for the Bisbee Dam project.  The City of Bisbee and the Water Board were also requested to pay the same amount.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to pay the amount out of the emergency fund.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The old school on courthouse property was discussed and tabled until next month when the Cando Museum committee members would be present. 

A resolution to impose a victim fee was discussed.  Because of the enactment of Marcy’s Law, the State, Counties and Cities will all be required to fund a new electronic victim notification system.  The issue was tabled until the exact amount Towner County would pay was known. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to appoint Dana Johnson to the Towner County Housing Authority Board.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A letter from the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center requested the Commissioners appoint a representative to the “Stepping up Initiative” Committee which was organized to reduce the number of adults with mental illnesses in jail.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to appoint Commissioner Berg as the County representative. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A financial report was given by Auditor Morlock.  Employee salaries for next year were discussed.  The Commissioner gave direction to the Auditor to work up a 2% and 3 % increase to determine the cost to the County. 

The Board again discussed the hiring of the Maintenance Supervisor’s relative.  They agreed to hire him part time with a probationary period to be monitored by the building committee. 

The next meeting was set for August 1, 2017.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:_______________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County

SPECIAL MEETING

The Towner County Commissioners met on June 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the basement of the Courthouse for the purpose of reconvening as the Towner County Board of Equalization and the hiring of a new road department employee.  Present were Commissioners Berg, Lagein, Weisz, and Boe. Commissioner Teubner was absent.  Also present were tax assessors Bonnie Good and Tim Hendrickson.  The meeting was called to order by Commission Chair Berg. 

The Board adjourned as the Board of County Commissioners and reconvened as the County Board of Equalization.  Tax Director Bonnie Good presented a correction to the inundated property valuation.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve the valuation as presented.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Tim Hendrickson stated he felt the farm residence with farm buildings close to the home should be valued less than those that had no buildings that affected the resident.  There being no citizens present or any more business to conduct, Commissioner Boe, seconded by Weisz made a motion to recess the Towner County Board of Equalization and reconvene as the Board of Commissioners. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

 

The hiring of a new road employee was discussed.  Commissioners Boe and Lagein had met with the road supervisors and determined there were two good candidates.  One of the candidates was directly related to one of the supervisors and would require board approval to be hired.  Commissioners Boe and Lagein, upon the recommendation of the States Attorney, recommended the board hire the candidate that did not have a direct relationship with the supervisors.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to hire Travis Halverson.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

 

Joni M. Morlock                                                                                         Doug Berg

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                                          Commission Chairman

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

June 6th, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on June 6, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the May 2, 2017 regular meeting was made by Weisz and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

The Wanzek portion of the Hansboro road project was discussed.  There were 13 soft spots in the portion that Wanzek had done.  Bids for the sale of a County blade were opened.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to accept the only bid from Butler Machinery for $90,000.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Sheriff Kucher was on hand to discuss a letter from LR Law Enforcement Center.  The Law Enforcement Center was no longer going to do medical transports.  Kucher also stated they were also having problems with the radios.  Emergency Manager Lori Beck gave the Commissioners a quote for approximately 45,000 to upgrade the system.  Commissioner Weisz requested the Sheriff send officers to check the Armory on a regular basis as there has been a lot of instances with a few kids causing problems. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated there had been multiple instances of unattended children in the Armory.  Several options were discussed.  The issue was referred to the building committee to come up with a plan for keeping the Armory open but safe.

Omitted property was presented to the Commissioners.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to accept the omitted property as presented by the County Auditor. Upon roll call vote, all Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  The Commissioners recessed and reconvened as the County Board of Equalization.  Tax Equalization Director Bonnie Good presented the notice of corrections for the Cities.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to accept the corrections for the Cities. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to accept the work of the City Assessors as presented. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.   Good presented the notice of corrections for the Townships.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to accept the corrections for the Townships as presented.  All Commissioner voted aye.  Motion passed.  Good presented a list of inundated acres.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to approve the inundated acres as presented. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. Several area Township officers and citizens were on hand to question enforcement of the farm exemption.  States Attorney Tom Nikolaisen answered the citizens by stating the enforcement of the exemption is the legal responsibility of the Tax Director and the Commissioners had been advised that it was their responsibility to uphold the law by supporting the Tax Director.   Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the work presented by the Township assessors.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Tolerance percentages were presented by Good.  Tax Director Good recommended no changes in values for commercial property, residential property and agricultural land.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to accept the no change recommendation.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Good then stated that she could not verify that certain individuals had received proper notification of an increase in their valuations.  She then recommended the notices be sent by the County Board of Equalization.  The board recessed and will re-adjourn on June 21st at 10:00 a.m. to hear from the citizens who received notices. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to approve a zoning permit to Steven Oakland.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.

Motion to appoint Joni Morlock the ADA coordinator by Weisz, seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion to approve the policy regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of disability and the grievance procedure for Towner County by Teubner, seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.    

Commissioner Weisz stated the weed board questioned spraying the trees.  Motion to grant permission to the weed board to spray trees in the county and township right of ways by Lagein, seconded by Teubner.  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

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

May 2nd, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on May 2, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the April 4, 2017 regular meeting and the April 11, 2017 special meeting was made by Boe and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Kevin Walford with Butler Machinery and Greg Haglin of the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) were on hand to explain the NJPA program to the Commissioners.  NJPA is a government agency that was formed to create an easier purchasing arrangement for local government.  Contracts are bid at a national level so that smaller agency do not have to go through the bidding process.  Membership to NJPA is free.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to utilize the program for the next blade purchase. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to advertise a 2010 motor grader for sale.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to purchase a leased motor grader by also using the NJPA membership.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering, stated the change order on the Hansboro road had not been approved and the state was looking for a revised change order showing the decrease of borrow quantity.  Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve the revised change order.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  A culvert in a driveway near Hansboro was also discussed.  Johnson would assess the water flow in the area on his way back to Bottineau. 

An employee was present to address a letter he had received from the Commissioners.  The employee was advised to sit down with his supervisors to address the issues.  A road crew employee was retiring and an ad would be placed for a new hire.  Spring flood damage to roads was discussed.  The assessed damage amounted to approximately $400,000. 

Maintenance Supervisor Bill Voight stated the Armory had recently hosted several events.  Voight also stated he was exploring options for getting a leak in the Armory roof fixed. 

Sheriff Kuchar stated things had been fairly quite other than he has a suspicious ring of thefts in the area.  Kuchar feels there is more than one person involved and asked the Commissioners to be on the lookout for strange vehicles.    A new deputy will start on May 5th. Commissioner Teubner gave an update on the Law Enforcement Center. 

Curt Juntunen, County Parks, stated the docks had been put in and there were trees being cleaned up at Snyder Lake.  Planting trees through the Soil Conservation was discussed. 

Bonnie Good gave the Commissioners an update on the farm residence exemptions.  Good stated that 317 applications had been mailed out and there were only 36 non responses.  Good stated she had filed a complaint with the State Tax Department in regards to one of the Towner County Assessors.  The State Tax Department will be here this week to deal with the issue. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Boe to approve the Armory Lease with the American Legion.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve the Bills. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Weisz, seconded by Teubner to approve the off premise liquor license application form and to approve an application for July 7th from the Cando Golf Course.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve a liquor license for the Cando Golf Club.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the appointment of Tracy Ritterath as the public administrator for Towner County with her appointment to start on May 21, 2017.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve a deed to Lester Anderson.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

The employee EAP contract was discussed.  Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve the contract.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A zoning permit for Patrick L. Thompson was reviewed. There were 2 variances requested.  One for 4 acres when 5 is required and one for not meeting the setback requirements.  There was a township road involved in the setback and the Commissioners were concerned about snow and the setback.    Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve the permit with the condition the township also approves.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to approve the United Communications consent to cross a County road permit.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve a resolution of sponsorship for a Towner County Housing Authority grant with North Central Planning.  The motion also included a resolution for handicapped access.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

 

The next meeting was set for June 6, 2017    

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 4th, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on April 4, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2017 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Matt Johnson, Wold Engineering, was on hand to inform the Commissioners the NDDOT still had not signed off on a change order for the Wanzek part of the Hansboro project.  The project could not be finalized until the change order was signed.  Penalties for completing the project late would be assessed with the final payment. 

Ryan Clark, RDO, was on hand and interested on demoing a blade.  Cutting edges for the blades were discussed with Clark. 

Roads and washouts were discussed with the Road Department.  Emergency funds would be used to begin the repairs as the extent of FEMA funding, if any, is not known at this time. 

Sheriff Kuchar was on hand and stated a Deputy had resigned and they are in the process of interviewing candidates to replace him.  Commissioner Teubner asked the Sheriff to monitor people driving around the road-closed signs.  A letter from the Sheriff’s department was approved to request the ND Highway Patrol enforce the weight limits for trucks on Towner County roads.  The Sheriff had met with Pierce County concerning a contract for jailing prisoners.  The contract price was slightly cheaper and they had better medical care.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve the contract to be used at the discretion of the Sheriff.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Bruce Teubner was on hand to fill the Commissioners in on the water situation in his area.  Teubner stated there were several washouts due to the County putting culverts in before the coolie was cleaned out.  Teubner stated that Atkins Township was now responsible for fixing roads that had washed out due to the quick influx of water.  The Commissioners directed Teubner back to the Water Board to request the clean out. 

 

Lindy Berg was on hand to fill the Commissioners in on the process of getting Lindsey Kennedy to finish her college degree and keep her employed by the extension office.  All Commissioners were on board in helping Kennedy finish her education while working for Towner County.  Spraying trees in the ditches was discussed with Berg. 

Gary Martin and Curt Juntunen were on hand to talk about the cleanup at Snyder’s Lake.  Martin stated a group of hunters from Wisconsin had already cleaned a large portion of the trees at Snyder’s Lake, but there were still some that needed to be removed. 

Tax Director Bonnie Good was on hand to go over the status of farm exemptions received and those still outstanding by the March 24th deadline.   An extensive conversation was held concerning another extension. Area farmers were on hand to express their concerns with the exemption. 

In answer to a question raised at the last meeting, States Attorney Tom Nikolaisen stated that an off premise liquor license would have to be provided by the County in order to serve alcohol at a rural wedding dance. 

Motion to approve a gaming site authorization for a raffle on June 3rd to the Egeland Senior Citizens and waiver the fee was made by Weisz, seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve an emergency flood declaration for Towner County. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to issue a zoning permit to NDTC for crossing county roads with a fiber upgrade.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to accept the resignation of the Public Administrator.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Lagein to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye. Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Weisz to approve an abatement of taxes for a Homestead Credit.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A county permit for 10% overweight on County roads was discussed.  The issue was tabled until further research. 

The issue of several farm exemption forms submitted after the deadline were again discussed. If the County Commissioners allowed another extension there would not be sufficient time to notify the applicant they did not qualify.  Also, many of the County farmers had not been given the option of a later deadline, and had already been assessed.    Motion by Boe, seconded Weisz to deny anything notarized on or before the March 24th deadline to be denied.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

A draft between the County and the American Legion for leasing the “Hans apartment” was discussed and tabled until next month. 

The next meeting was set for May 2, 2017  

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

March 8th, 2017

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on March 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse. Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners Mike Weisz and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the Feb, 2017 regular meeting was made by Boe and seconded by Weisz. All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Sheriff Kuchar was on hand.  He presented the actual price of the the new vehicle which will be $35933.00. Kuchar said he has the equipment to put on the new vehicle. He stated they have been quite busy in the County.

Kevin Rinas, Terry Vote and Kevin Walford were present. Rinas stated they had decided t purchase the Caterpillar tractor.  Walford stated both tractor and blade had been ordered and should be in by the end of May.

Bill Voight was on hand to report activities at the Armory including graffiti on the outside of the Armory. He stated the Legion is requesting the use of the apartment upstairs in the Memorial Building for storage. After discussion, a motion by Lagein to allow the Memorial Building Committee to make the decision on whether they allow it with conditions. Seconded by Boe, all Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.   

Weisz reported that the North Central Planning funds are still available if an ADA compliant project could be completed by the end of March. Lagein motioned to give Weisz authority to give the money back if they can’t find a project to do in the time frame. Seconded by Boe. All Commissioners voted aye. Motion carried.

Bonnie Good, Tax Director, was on hand with a status report on the applications that had been mailed out.  She asked for an extension on the deadline to March 24th as there are several out that were not returned by March 1st. Motion by Boe to extend the deadline to March 24th . Weisz seconded, All Commissioner voted aye. Motion carried.

Wanda Peterson of Rocklake rural was on hand to share concerns about their roads being opened after storms.

Lagein had been asked if a farmer needs a permit from the county to have a dance where alcohol will be served. States Attorney Nikolaisen will check into it.  This was tabled until the April meeting.  

Motion by Weisz to accept application for a Charity Local Permit for the Golf Course. Lagein seconded it.  All Commissionrs voted aye. Motion carried.

Motion by Boe, seconded by Weisz to approve the bills. All Commissioners voted aye. Motion carried.

There was an acknowledgement of an incident at the Memorial Building.

Next meeting was set for April 4th.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

_____________________                                                      _______________________

Judy Bulie                                                                           Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Deputy Auditor          

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

February 7th, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 7,  2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the meeting room of the county courthouse.  Chairman Doug Berg called the meeting to order, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.   Present were Vice Chairman David Lagein, Commissioners  Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the January  2017 regular meeting was made by Teubner. Lagein wanted the word “joining” in reference to Benson County interested in Lakes Social Service District removed. Seconded by Lagein after correction was made.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.  

Motion to approve Change Order #3 from Wold Engineering by Teubner, second by Boe. All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Boe that the Hansboro Road project is complete. Seconded by Teubner. All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion to approve final certification for State funded gravel projects by Boe, second by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to approve ND DOT Maintenance Certificate.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Kevin Walford, Butler Equipment, was on hand with the price to lease a new blade. Motion by Teubner, secoded by Boe to lease a new blade with an extended warranty for seven years from Butler. All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. Motion by Lagein, seconded by Boe to let Rinas and Vote decide on which tractor to lease up to $14,000.00 a year lease,  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Sheriff Kuchar was on hand and requested a new vehicle. After discussion, motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to purchase a Ford Expedition.

Motion by Lagein, sconded by Teubner to approve and pay bills.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Bonnie Good, Tax Direcotor was on hand to discuss the Exemption applications that had been sent out.  Lagein made a motion to have Bonnie review all the applications.  Seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by boe to approve Sidwell GSI Maintenance Service contract.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Sherry Walters, Public Health Nurse, was on hand. Motion by Lagein to sign jResolution to support continuation of ND CDC-based Comprehensive Tobacco Control program delivered throught One Tobacco Trust Fund. Seconded by Teubner.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

Jail rates will increase $5.00 to $75.00 a day instead of a mill increase.

Motion by Teubner to acccpt pledge of assests, seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried.

County breakfast is set for April 6th.

The next meeting will be March 7, 2017.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Judy Bulie                                                                                       Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Deputy Auditor                                                     Towner County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

MINUTES

January 4th, 2017

 

The Towner County Commissioners met in regular session on January 4, 2017 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 Mike Weisz, Ken Teubner and Scott Boe.

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2016 regular meeting was made by Lagein and seconded by Boe.  All Commissioners voted aye, motion carried. 

Sheriff Kuchar was on hand and informed the Commissioners of a successful rescue operation on Lake Alice during a storm. Bill Voight stated the coal furnace had jammed during the holiday weekend.  The Commissioners talked about getting Voight some help as he had been putting in a lot of hours.

Sherry Walters would like a correction to the October minutes.  Walters stated her budget had decreased 17% but the mill levy had increased. 

The Hansboro road project and penalties were discussed.  Roads, snow, and blading were discussed.  Kevin Walford, Butler Equipment, was on hand to discuss a new blade with the Commissioners.  The Commissioners are on rotation to trade the Hansboro (Clayton’s) blade.  Leasing a tractor through the NDACO was also discussed. 

Gary Larson presented the Commissioners with a DVD for them to watch. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to approve a resolution declaring a snow emergency. All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

 

Appointing an interim officer on the Water Board was discussed.  The role of the County Water Board concerning tiling was discussed.  Motion to approve Gary Wirth as a temporary interim officer on the Water Board by Weisz, seconded by Lagein.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Commissioner Lagein had talked to the Rock Lake Ambulance and they agreed to match the Ambulance South and pay $2.00 per person in their district for the Valley Med Flight services.  The Ambulance North and Ambulance South would be billed $2.00 per person for their share of the Valley Med Flight fee. 

Commissioner Weisz explained the stair lift project at the Armory had been scrapped due to non ADA compliance.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Teubner to table the issue until April 2017.

Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to award 25% of the Rock Lake contract to Tax Director Bonnie Good upon completion of the project.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Several local emergency service people were on hand to give input on switching 911 services to State Radio.  Several issues with the current LEC 911 system were discussed.  Emergency Manager Lori Beck recommended at this time, the County should continue to work with LEC to solve some of the issues the local departments were having and delay making a decision at this time. 

Motion by Boe, seconded by Teubner to pay the bills.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Motion by Teubner, seconded by Boe to appoint Lori Beck to the Coordinated Regional Interoperability Board.   All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Auditor Morlock gave a financial report.  Motion by Lagein, seconded by Weisz to approve the amendments to the 2016 budget as recommended by County Auditor.  All Commissioners voted aye.  Motion passed. 

Commissioner Lagein stated Benson County was interested in joining the Lakes Social Service district.  

 

The next meeting was set for February 7, 2017.

The meeting adjourned by motion.

 

ATTEST:

 

 

_______________________________                                               _________________________________

Joni M. Morlock                                                                              Doug Berg, Chairman

Towner County Auditor/Treasurer                                               Towner County Board of Comm