9/27/2006 – Public Notices


MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

MINNEWAUKAN CITY COUNCIL

September 12, 2006

A regular meeting of the Minnewaukan City Council was held September 12, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. at the Minnewaukan Senior Citizens Community Center. Present were Mayor Curtis Yri and council members Claudette Carlson, Rita Staloch and Steve Huffman. Also present were city auditor Laura Weed, city maintenance man Verdeen Backstrom, librarian Cathy Burkhardsmeier, Cathy Nord and Mark Zillmer.

Staloch moved that the minutes of the August 15 meeting be approved.

Huffman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Carlson to hold a first reading amending the ordinance for Chapter 4, Fire Protection and Prevention. Staloch seconded. The motion carried unanimously. This change is in reference to fireworks.

A motion was made by Huffman to hold a first reading of Chapter 20, Recreational Vehicle Parks and Sites. Carlson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Staloch to hold a first reading of Chapter 19, Mobile Home Ordinance. Huffman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Staloch to hold a first reading of Chapter 18, City Sales, Gross Receipts and Use Tax. Carlson seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Carlson to approve the placement of four street lights that will be located on West Main Street. This motion is with the contingency that Otter Tail Power Co. approve the placement of a pole by the substation. Huffman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Huffman to charge a $10 per month late fee for any account that is not paid by the 15th of each month. The payment will have to be in the city office by the 15th of each month or it will be considered late. Staloch seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Effective date of this change will be October 1, 2006.

A formal complaint was filed with the city council. The complaint addressed the issue of bulk water that was being sold to Mayo Construction. Mayo was monitoring their water usage and will be making a payment to the city.

The manholes and sewer system were discussed regarding the NE corner of town. Backstrom did not feel that anything would need to be done on this. Backstrom thought that the manhole was sealed. Carlson stated that KLJ will be looking into this issue to see what work was previously completed. They will also make a recommendation if more work will need to be done. Staloch stated that she felt the city needs to have a plan in place in case of an emergency. She thought there might be grant money available for a study of this nature through North Central Planning.

The council discussed Main Street West. The NDDOT recommended that a one and one half inch overlay be applied.

A motion was made by Staloch to approve the street contract with Lake Region Asphalt in the amount of $38,456.59. Carlson felt that the school would be willing to help with E Avenue. Huffman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Verdeen and Troy Backstrom will be leaving for vacation in October.

Roger Huffman and Steve Huffman will be trained to run the water plant in their absence.

The 2007 budget was reviewed. All items were approved with the exception of employee raises. Payroll information will be sent to all council members. This item was tabled until the special meeting.

Huffman reviewed other policies regarding water, sewer and garbage charges for seasonal users. Because the city’s garbage contract is based on volume, the proposal was to have all seasonal users pay $12 per month for garbage and $13 per month for water when the accounts are shut off. This item was tabled until a later meeting.

A motion was made by Carlson to pay all bills. Huffman seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

FSA-BANK BUILDING FUND

Ameripride $58.95

Huffman, S. 699.50

Otter Tail Power Co. 808.61

GARBAGE FUND

Waste Management $3,018.75

GENERAL FUND

Benson Co. Farmers Press $81.46

Frith & Steffan 50.00

ND Secretary of State 10.00

ND Telephone Co. 95.90

Oddens’ 5.65

One Call Concepts 22.32

Otter Tail Power Co. 174.40

Quill Office Products 110.39

Staloch, R. 124.88

Payroll 1,191.01

LIBRARY FUND

Postmaster $26.00

Payroll 718.31

STREET FUND

C&A Mowing $105.00

Oddens’ 168.45

Otter Tail Power Co. 553.74

Service Tire, Inc. 15.95

The Glass Shop 110.30

WATER FUND

Fargo Water Equipment $64.57

Farmers Union Oil Co. 38.75

Hawkins Chemical 3,622.84

ND Dept. of Health 16.00

ND Telephone Co. 81.62

Northern Plains Electric 334.75

Oddens’ 23.53

Otter Tail Power Co. 139.34

TSC Store 18.93

Payroll 2,281.50

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

Laura J. Weed

City Auditor

Curtis A. Yri

Mayor


OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS

OF THE BOARD OF

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BENSON COUNTY

NORTH DAKOTA

September 5, 2006

The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 8 a.m. Commissioners present were Dwain Brown, Curtis Hvinden, Ed Ripplinger, Barry Cox and Jason Lee. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Ripplinger.

A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of August 15, 2006. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

Ned J. Mitzel, Benson County sheriff, met with the board to give an update on the happenings of the sheriff’s department. He requested approval to purchase a cage for the new patrol car. He discussed installing a light or additional signs where the new Hwy. #281 intersects with Hwy. #19 west of Minnewaukan. The board tabled making a decision on the cage until a later date.

At 8:30 a.m. a telephone conference was held regarding the proposed

2007 budget for the Lake Region District Health Unit. Joe Belford of Ramsey County was elected chairman. The budget was unanimously approved as presented. All counties voted yes.

The board reviewed the August 2006 narrative report from Shelley Aabrekke, county health nurse.

A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Cox, to pay the city of Maddock an additional $50.00 as requested for the removal of a buried tank on county shop property in Maddock. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The board reviewed a letter sent from Reuben and Clarice Liechty requesting approval to sell land in Benson County to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Cox, to reject selling the land to the US Fish & Wildlife Service. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

At 9 a.m. Paul Halko, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Karyn Neve, NRCS; John Beckstrand, Ken Hoffert and Brian Maddock, Water Resource District Board; Gene Hager, county road superintendent; James P.

Wang, Benson County state’s attorney; and Jean Olson, Water Resource District Board secretary, met with the board regarding drainage issues in Normania Township. Neve commented the clean out area of the slough at the intersection of Sec. 2, 3, 10 & 11, where additional digging/trenching occurred, will need to be filled back in. The board commented that the county will not pay any costs involved in backfilling the ditch. Halko explained that NRCS will be the lead agency on the issue.

Arland Halvorson, Michael Rohrer and Ardon Herman, Normania Township Board of Supervisors, arrived at the meeting. Neve stated an engineer will look at the dug out area and any backfill will need to be compacted and layered. Herman requested the county share one-half of the cost for backfilling. The board reiterated the county would not pay any costs involved in the matter.

Arland Halvorson met with the board regarding the location of the new Hwy. #281 near his home. He stated a watershed area was closed off when the new roadway was put in and now his home is in danger of flooding. He commented the problem is due to the fact that only one culvert was put in near his home when there should have been two.

Herman requested the water board give its support to add another culvert. State’s Attorney Wang suggested the Normania Township Board of Supervisors take this issue up with the NDDOT. Hager said there is dirt holding back water near the culvert and the east side needs to be cleaned out. The township board indicated they will request that the NDDOT remove the dirt and any snow which accumulates prior to spring runoff.

The board reviewed a speed limit reduction notice from the NDDOT dated August 31, 2006 for ND Hwy #19 from east of the junction of the new US #281 to the junction of the old US Hwy. #281. The speed is to be reduced to 45 mph.

The board also reviewed a letter from the NDDOT dated August 31, 2006 regarding the Director’s Task Force Transportation Enhancement Projects.

A letter from the NDDOT dated September 1, 2006 was presented to the board regarding the 2007-2010 Federal Aid Program. A copy of this letter was given to Gene Hager, county road superintendent.

Further, a letter dated August 31, 2006 from the NDDOT was presented to the board regarding the abandonment of the old US Hwy. #281 through Benson County. A copy of this letter was also given to Gene Hager, county road superintendent.

Ellen Huffman, tax equalization director, met with the board regarding omitted property of Soo Line Railroad located in Butte Valley, McClellan and Riggin Townships. A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Lee, to place the property on the tax rolls.

A forest stewardship renewal application signed by Bradley Robertson was presented to the board. A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Hvinden, to have the chairman sign the application. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

Huffman discussed valuations of lake lot property with the board.

The board reviewed the mileage/activity report of the Benson County Sheriff’s Department for August 2006.

The board also reviewed a memo from the ND Dept. of Health dated August 17, 2006 regarding the modification of the Devils Lake Outlet Permit No. ND-0026247.

Information regarding the responsibility of the county to maintain a sheriff’s residence was presented to the board.

A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Brown, to pay the following approved bills. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously. The following bills were paid:

Distribution of Entities $56,826.81

Alltel 75.22

Esmond City 25.50

Chad’s Amoco 316.95

ND Telephone Co 199.29

Alltel 28.65

Benson Co Highway Dept 660.00

Curtis Hvinden 22.50

Information Technology

Dept. 393.06

Joel Braaten 18.75

Mark Elfman 33.75

ND Telephone Co 740.64

Nancy Silliman 18.75

Chad’s Amoco 750.74

Leeds City 123.90

Jaeger’s Spray Service 15,180.00

Lyndon Olson 71.16

Moller’s, Inc 4,369.93

ND Telephone Co 417.96

Benson Co Farmers Press 30.00

Travis Anderson 87.66

Tim Finley 431.63

Terry Follman 1,396.90

Wanda Teigen 232.20

Nodak Communications,

Inc. 2,750.00

Bernard Anderson 53.50

Maddock City 75.00

Shirley Tiokansin 55.00

Billy Harrison 3,800.00

Billy Harrison 3,500.00

Dean Petska 50.00

James Wang 580.00

Nationwide Retirement

Services 20.00

Alton’s Bulk Service 192.21

Billy Harrison 4,000.00

Billy Harrison 2,500.00

Nodak Electric Cooperative 31.08

Warwick Oil 1,569.30

Minnewaukan City 101.95

Colonial 155.83

Conseco Health Ins Co 108.30

Erling Karlsbraaten 16.13

ND Public Employees

Retirement 10,860.89

Ralph Olson 9.75

State Fire & Tornado Fund 6,311.65

Milton Lewis 409.00

Social Welfare 14,342.39

B&H Oil 14,549.24

Bernard Anderson 7,697.00

Bremer Bank 50.82

Butler Machine 1,285.50

Caterpillar Financial 51,299.22

Maddock City 54.40

Curtis Hvinden 22.50

Dokken Constr 1,181.20

Dokken Constr 8,322.00

Dokken Constr 1,181.20

Dokken Constr 19,323.59

Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 11,945.31

GCR Tire Center 2,481.57

Gofer Sanitation 167.50

Harlow Sanitation 15.00

Kate Johnson 12.00

Lake Lumber, Inc 68.82

LaMotte’s Paint & Glass 287.88

Mac’s, Inc 25.85

Dakota Implement 103.86

Gus’s Auto Parts 194.57

ND Dept of Transportation 10,937.88

ND Emergency Mgmt Assn 80.00

Northern Plains Elec Co-op 36.00

Otter Tail Power Co 32.91

Prairie Truck & Tractor

Repair 701.70

Benson Co Farmers Press 15.25

Spirit Lake Refuse 30.00

Service Tire 266.58

Knox Twp 1,834.57

TSC Store, Inc 319.98

WW Wallwork 353.35

Comfort Inn, c/o Febco, Inc 50.00

Terry Follman 343.13

Wanda Teigen 158.25

Aflac 379.55

BCBS of ND 3,452.48

Benson Co Transportation 800.00

Chad’s Amoco 314.88

Clute’s Office Equipment 72.36

Maddock City 50.00

Curtis Hvinden 104.00

Barry Cox 126.13

Edward Ripplinger 198.88

Jason Lee 59.00

Dwain Brown 77.00

Comfort Inn 100.00

DataMaxx 148.40

Ellen Huffman 372.23

Election Systems &

Software 2,653.00

Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 88.04

Galls, Inc 16.98

General Welding & Repair 100.00

Gerrells 29.98

Hoiberg’s 48.44

Hy-Z Wireless 755.19

Jenny Steinhaus 43.50

Matthew Bender & Co, Inc 329.45

LR Law Enforcement Ctr 2,610.00

Maddock Mini Mart 225.35

ND Assn of Counties 765.86

ND Public Employees

Retirement 22,933.00

NDSU Extension Service 20.00

ND Agency for Surplus

Property 50.00

North Star Community

Credit Union 63.07

Quality Photo 18.32

Pitney Bowes 259.00

Prairie Public Broadcasting 150.00

Protective Life Ins Co 336.52

Wal-Mart 5.72

West Payment Center 423.78

Dokken Constr 14,313.20

Social Welfare 65.25

Distributions 25,612.29

State of ND Dept of Human

Services 3,255.64

ND Telephone Co 979.34

Oddens’ Grocery 28.98

Oddens’ Grocery 41.99

Otter Tail Power Co 451.77

Reardon Office Equip 290.29

Wal-Mart Community BRC 62.15

Knox City 530.64

Oberon City 530.64

Conseco Health Ins Co 108.30

Warwick City 530.64

Election Systems &

Software 827.55

Esmond Fire 828.84

Distribution of Entities 103.29

Information Technology

Dept 391.82

Leeds Community Center 1,624.44

ND State Treasurer 2,508.36

Oddens’ Grocery 923.06

Esmond Park 530.64

Leeds Park 2,122.54

Maddock Park 2,122.54

Minnewaukan Park 1,167.40

York Park 530.64

Ron Fritel 710.00

Minnewaukan 55 Club 233.87

Alton’s Bulk Service 1,914.78

ND Telephone Co 198.62

Oddens’ Grocery 47.63

Olson Repair 174.45

Otter Tail Power Co 140.03

Aurora Twp 7,974.70

Warwick Oil 1,319.53

Wholesale Supply Co 56.48

Alltel 165.14

Delores Scherr 900.00

Ellen Huffman 1,800.00

Jean Olson 900.00

Benson Co Farmers Press 323.84

AUGUST 2006 NET PAYROLL

County Agent $1,072.27

Emergency Disaster 935.04

VSO 747.44

County General 30,575.80

Social Services 30,771.54

County Road 34,799.44

State’s Attorney Wang discussed issues of the county taking over the old portion of US Hwy. #281. He requested the board get written documentation of when the NDDOT will be officially turning the roadway over to the county. He also recommended the board get written documentation that the NDIRF will insure the roadway for liability issues which may arise.

A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Brown, to have the chairman sign a resolution opposing the shared parenting initiated measure.

All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The board discussed the social welfare budget for paving the parking lots at the Economic Assistance building and the Social Service Administrative Office building.

The board scheduled a special meeting for September 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. to discuss 2007 budget issues.

The motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting.

Bonnie Erickson

Benson County Auditor

Ed Ripplinger

Chairman


OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS

OF THE BOARD OF

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BENSON COUNTY

NORTH DAKOTA

September 12, 2006

The Benson County Commissioners met in special session on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. in the commission room of the Benson County Courthouse, Minnewaukan, ND. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss upcoming 2007 budget issues. Commissioners present were Curtis Hvinden, Dwain Brown, Jason Lee, Ed Ripplinger and Barry Cox.

Also present was James P. Wang, Benson County state’s attorney.

Chairman Ripplinger called the meeting to order.

Ned J. Mitzel, Benson County sheriff, met with the board to present the 2007 departmental budget for the sheriff’s department.

The board reviewed expense/revenue comparison reports for the years

2002 through 2006 for the General Fund, Road & Bridge Fund, VSO Office and Ag Extension Office. The board discussed the issue of health insurance premiums increasing approximately 25% commencing July 2007. Commissioner Lee suggested the county cut health insurance premium costs by not paying premiums for seasonal employees when they are laid off. State’s Attorney Wang explained the various options which could be used to generate revenue and/or reduce expenditures for the board to take into consideration.

The motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting.

Bonnie Erickson

Benson County Auditor

Edward Ripplinger

Chairman

(Publish Sept. 27, 2006)


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