OF THE BOARD OF
August 16, 2005
The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 9 a.m. Commissioners present were Jason Lee, Curtis Hvinden, Ed Ripplinger and Barry Cox. Dwain Brown was absent. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lee.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Ripplinger, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of August 2, 2005. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Ripplinger, seconded by Hvinden, to reappoint Barry Cox and Beth Sayler to the Benson County Social Service Board for a term of three years. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Ripplinger, to reappoint Jo Dahlen as veterans service officer for a term of one year. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed the memo and minutes from the July 13, 2005 meeting of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource District Board.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Hvinden, to contribute $500 to the Lake Region Community Service & Restitution Program. All members voted yes.
The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed the narrative report for July 2005 from Shelley Aabrekke, Benson County public health nurse. The board also reviewed the grant application deadline from the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District Recreation Committee.
The board discussed the progress of the multi-purpose building being constructed in Maddock. Commis-sioners also discussed the progress of the Grahams Island Road Project.
The board commented on the water drainage issues in Normania Township. They stated four-tenths of a foot of sediment has been removed from the slough at the intersection of Sec. 2, 3, 10 & 11 to alleviate flooding in the area. The board contacted James P. Wang, Benson County state’s attorney. He stated additional elevations were taken of the area to show the water level dropped. He further stated work will need to take place to get the culvert under Hwy. #2 open. He informed the board the elevation of the slough on July 26, 2005 was 1462.9 and the elevation of the slough on August 10, 2005 was 1462.3. He stated a control gate on the culvert could be put into place if necessary to control the flow of the water under Hwy. #2. The board commented that the clean out area may need to be filled back in if Ron Hausmann will not consent to the culvert under Hwy. #2 being opened.
The board telephoned Todd Allmaras of Nodak Communications and informed him he could start placing the antennae, brackets and line for the radio communications on the Prairie Public tower.
The board reviewed a letter from the Red River Basin Commission dated June 13, 2005.
Dan McConnell and Michael Rohrer met with the board regarding the water drainage issues in Normania Township. They stated Ron Hausmann will not consent to the culvert being opened under Hwy. #2 unless the area where the clean out of sediment occurred at the intersection of Sec. 2, 3, 10 & 11 was widened and the cattail roots removed. The board telephoned State’s Attorney Wang who indicated John Beckstrand of the Benson County Water Resource District Board would be talking to Ron Hausmann.
Collin Evenson, WDAZ, met with the board and informed it that he will be filming the Minnewaukan area for tourism. He presented information to the board on a matching grant available through the ND Tourism Division.
A motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting.
Benson County Auditor
OF THE BOARD OF
August 25, 2005
The Benson County Commissioners met in special session on Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 10:45 a.m. in the Commissioner Room of the Benson County Courthouse in Minnewaukan. Commissioners present were Curtis Hvinden, Ed Ripplinger, Barry Cox, Dwain Brown and Jason Lee. Others present were Karyn Neve, NRCS; Carl Duchscher, Brian Maddock and John Beckstrand, Benson County Water Resource Board; Dan McConnell; Ron Hausmann; James P. Wang, Benson County state’s attorney; and Richard Peterson. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lee. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss water drainage issues in Normania Township.
Ron Hausmann explained to the board that cattail roots need to be removed from the clean out area of the slough at the intersection of Sec. 2, 3, 10 & 11 in Normania Township. Karyn Neve commented that if the clean out was made deeper, it would invalidate Charles Studness from receiving farm payments. Neve stated the cattails on either side of the clean out could be removed if needed. Carl Duchscher stated a gate should be put on the culvert under Hwy. #2 to help control the flow of water. He informed the board the benchmark for shooting elevations had been removed from the area.
John Beckstrand read a letter sent to Gene Hager, county highway superintendent, from Dave Hovendick dated August 11, 2005, regarding the new elevation readings. State’s Attorney Wang suggested improving the flow of water by removing the cattails on either side of the clean out. He gave input that a gate should be put on the culvert under Hwy. #2.
The board telephoned George Durbin of Durbin Excavating and requested that he remove the cattails on each side of the clean out. Ron Hausmann stated that if the cattails were removed, he would contact his attorney and have the injunction lifted. Neve stated the clean out area could be widened to the width of the cattails and side sloped if needed. The board gave instructions to Durbin Excavating to widen the clean out area to the width of the cattails, but to not dig any deeper.
The board also agreed to put a gate on the culvert under Hwy. #2 to control the flow of water. A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Hvinden, to have the Benson County Water Resource District Board be in charge of monitoring, opening, and closing the gate. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously. It was agreed that at least two board members are to be present when opening and closing the gate.
The board telephoned the state to see what action is needed to lift the injunction and have the culvert under Hwy. #2 opened.
A motion was made by Cox to refill the clean out area and place a culvert near Dan McConnell’s trees if the culvert under Hwy. #2 is not opened within the next two weeks. The motion died for lack of a second.
At the conclusion of the discussion, Ron Hausmann restated he is in agreement to lift the injunction and he will contact his attorney as soon as possible provided the cattails are removed as agreed.
Brian Maddock stated he has had numerous calls from people concerning the culverts being put under the new Hwy. #281. The board stated the water board will need to provide whatever culverts are needed for the township roads as a result of the new culverts being put in.
A motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting.
Benson County Auditor
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF BENSON COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA.
In the Matter of the Estate of William Henry Trowbridge aka William H.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed personal representative of the above estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be presented to Peggy A. Tabor, personal representative of the estate, at 7990 County #1, Devils Lake, ND 58301, or filed with the court.
Dated this 1st day of September, 2005.
-s-Peggy A. Tabor
Peggy A. Tabor
J. Thomas Traynor, Jr. (ID #03694)
Traynor Law Firm, PC
509 5th St. NE, Suite 1
PO Box 838
Devils Lake, ND 58301-0838
Attorneys for the Personal
First publication on the 7th day of September, 2005.
(Publish Sept. 7, 14 & 21, 2005)
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
Project Site PW-693
Benson County, North Dakota
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the County Commissioners of the County of Benson, North Dakota, will receive sealed bids for a Grade Raise (Borrow), Geotextile Fabric, Loose Rock Riprap & Incidental Items for Benson County Project PW-693 located 8 miles East of Minnewaukan, at the office of the County Auditor of said County until 10:00 a.m. CDST on October 4, 2005, at which time said bids will be opened and read aloud.
Said work is to be constructed in accordance with approved Plans and Specifications now on file in the office of the County Auditor. Copies of the Plans and Specifications and other bidding and contract documents may be obtained from Wold Engineering, PC, 915 East 11th Street, Bottineau, North Dakota 58318, upon payment of $40.00 for each set of documents, none of which will be refunded.
The approximate quantities of work and material for construction of this project are as follows:
Borrow 17,000 CY
Riprap 1,950 CY
Geotextile Fabric 3,900 SY
Each bid is to be submitted on the basis of cash payment for the work and is to be enclosed in a sealed envelope addressed to the undersigned County Auditor. Each bid is to be accompanied by a Bidder’s Bond in the amount of five (5) percent of the bid, as specified by the North Dakota Century Code Par. 11-11-28, to be forfeited to Benson County should the bidder fail to effect a contract within ten (10) days after notice of an award. Bidder will execute and effect a contract in the amount of the bid and a Contractor’s Bond as required by law and regulation and determination of Benson County.
The work on said project shall be started on a date set by the County Commissioners, and shall be completed by November 15, 2005, from such date liquidated damages shall be paid.
The right is reserved to reject all bids, and to waive any informality in any bid, and to hold the bids for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days from the date of opening bids.
DATE: September 6, 2005
SIGNED: Bonnie Erickson
Benson County Auditor
Minnewaukan, ND 58351
(Publish Sept. 7 & 14, 2005)
MINUTES OF MEETING
WARWICK CITY COUNCIL
August 8, 2005
A regular meeting of the Warwick City Council was held August 8, 2005. The meeting was called to order by Acting Mayor George Evans. Members present were George Evans, Shirley Tiokasin and Leslie Elfman.
Minutes of the June meeting were read (there was no meeting in July).
Elfman made a motion to approve the minutes. Tiokasin seconded. Motion carried.
Bills were presented:
Mark Elfman $176.72
Waste Management 683.87
Otter Tail Power Co. 168.37
Otter Tail Power Co. $146.00
Sandra Barber 176.72
Monica Christofferson 96.00
Warwick Oil Co. 54.00
Tiokasin made a motion to pay the bills. Elfman seconded. Motion carried Discussions were held on a recent FEMA meeting and rising water, sewer and garbage expenses.
The next meeting will be the annual budget meeting on September 6 at 7 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
North Dakota Telephone Company
Case No. PU-05-325
NOTICE OF HEARING
September 7, 2005
On June 1, 2005, North Dakota Telephone Company (NDTC) filed an application to revise its rates for local exchange telephone service and establish company-wide extended area service (EAS). EAS provides toll-free calling between NDTC’s exchanges.
NDTC states the filing is revenue neutral to the company. NDTC proposes to equalize local exchange rates for the east and west exchanges for both residence and business customers. The proposed rate for residence service is $13.12 per month. For company-wide EAS, customers would be charged a flat-rate that would recover the average monthly loss of toll revenue as a result of implementing the company-wide EAS calling plan. Residence customers would be charged an additional $4.54 per month for EAS.
On June 15, 2005 the Commission issued a Notice of Public Input Sessions and Notice of Intervention Deadline. Petitions to intervene were to be filed by August 4, 2005. On July 21, 2005 Public Input Sessions were held in Devils Lake and Rugby, North Dakota. Members of the public were invited to appear and participate in the discussion.
In an August 17, 2005 letter, NDTC informed the Commission that it wished to withdraw the proposal for company-wide EAS.
A public hearing has been scheduled for October 24, 2005, at 10 a.m. (CDT) in the Commission Hearing Room, 12th Floor, State Capitol, Bismarck, North Dakota.
The issues to be considered in this matter include:
1. Whether the rates and charges proposed by NDTC are just and reasonable.
2. Whether the rules and regulations proposed by NDTC affecting its rates and services are just and reasonable.
For more information contact the Public Service Commission, State Capitol, Bismarck, North Dakota 58505, 701-328-2400 or Relay North Dakota
1-800-366-6888 TTY. If you require any auxiliary aids or services, such as readers, signers, or Braille materials, please notify, Illona Jeffcoat-Sacco, Executive Secretary, at least 24 hours prior.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
Susan E. Wefald, Commissioner
Tony Clark, President
Kevin Cramer, Commissioner
MINNEWAUKAN SCHOOL BOARD
September 19, 2005 – 6:30 p.m.
I. Call to order
II. Additions to and approval of agenda
III. Delegations and communications. A. Opportunity for public to speak IV. Reading and approval of the minutes V. Presentation of bills VI. Reports. A. General Fund; B. Special Fund; C. Hot lunch; D. Capital projects VII. Old business. A. Science teacher, hired Ken Heck; B. Buses and bus routes; C. Enrollment numbers; D. Work days for installing playground equipment VIII. New business. A. Tuition waivers IX. Principals’ reports X. Next meeting date and time XI. Adjournment
North Central Planning Council
A second public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 4 p.m. in the Benson County Auditor’s Office, 311 B Ave, Minnewaukan, North Dakota.
PURPOSE OF MEETING:
1. To discuss the use of CDBG funds by Benson County in the removal of architectural barriers at the Courthouse. (The use of funds did not change from the application.) 2. To inform the public about the North Dakota Community Development Block Grant and to gain public input into the program.
3. To gather comments about the project.
Comments will be accepted until September 22, 2005 at the following
address: North Central Planning Council, P.O. Box 651, Devils Lake, ND 58301.
If special accommodations are needed, please notify ahead of time at
701-662-8131 so that appropriate aids can be made available.
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