OF THE BOARD OF
November 7, 2006
The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 9 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 Cox, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of October 17, 2006. All members voted yes.
The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Lee, to have the chairman sign an Application for Court Facilities Improvement Grant. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Ned J. Mitzel, Benson County Sheriff, met with the board to review the mileage/activity report for the sheriff’s department for October 2006. He requested permission to sell the 1987 Blazer used by the sheriff’s department. The board granted Sheriff Mitzel permission to advertise the vehicle for sale.
State’s Attorney James P. Wang arrived at the meeting. Commissioner Lee telephoned the Benson County Farmers Press to verify to the board that he was not the individual who presented the Press with a copy of the letter, which State’s Attorney Wang mailed out dated September 27, 2006. Richard Peterson informed the board that no county employee was involved in bringing the letter to him. State’s Attorney Wang commented that Commissioner Lee did not request the letter be written. He stated he wrote the letter on his own decision.
Commissioner Brown expressed dissatisfaction with the contents of the letter. Commissioner Lee stated he disapproved of Commissioners Cox and Hvinden holding a meeting with road department employees without his knowledge.
The board reviewed a letter from Karen Olson, Juvenile Court Supervisor, dated October 23, 2006, regarding the allocation of JABG funds. A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Brown, to have Chairman Ripplinger sign the Certification of Award. All members voted yes.
The motion carried unanimously.
The board questioned State’s Attorney Wang on the thefts of property, which took place at East Bay Campground and the progress of the investigation.
The board reviewed information from Michael Connor of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource District Board, regarding creating a task force per the letter sent to President Bush dated July 26, 2006 by US Senators Conrad and Dorgan and US House Representative Pomeroy. The board also reviewed a letter of interest submitted by Leo Walker dated October 25, 2006 and a letter of support submitted by Tilford Fossen dated October 26, 2006. The information from Connor stated a county commissioner be appointed to the board. A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Lee, to appoint Commissioner Cox to serve as a member of the task force to represent Benson County.
The board discussed the closing of the Hellerud Bridge (structure
03-121-34.0) located 8 miles west and 3 miles south of Oberon. The board reviewed a letter, which Gary Doerr of the ND DOT sent to Dave Leftwich of the ND DOT, dated October 30, 2006 stating the bridge was not properly closed to traffic, along with a letter that was sent to Chairman Ripplinger in October of 2001.
The board reviewed the minutes from the Lake Region District Health Unit dated October 24, 2006.
The board discussed the claim for damage to a county truck. State’s Attorney Wang advised that the NDIRF will not cover this type of accident as Benson County is only covered for liability.
The board reviewed the audit received from the state auditor’s office for the year ending December 31, 2005.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Brown, to amend a motion made at the October 17, 2006 meeting of the board to read as follows:
"Road department employees will only be allowed to work overtime "as needed" effective October 23, 2006. Further, employees must first work 40 hours per week to accrue any overtime compensation."
All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Don Indvik and Morris Holen Jr., Wold Engineering, met with the board to give an update on various road projects. The board reviewed a letter from the ND DOT dated October 23, 2006, regarding the
2007-2008 Revised Federal Aid Program. The board suggested that road work only be done on Project SC-0319(060) in 2007. The board called Gene Hager, County Highway Superintendent, regarding the issue. He commented that match money may not be available for all the planned projects. He requested the board approve Project SC-0319(060) and hold the other projects until 2008. Wold Engineering presented a Preliminary and Construction Engineering Agreement for Project
SC-0319(060) to the board. A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Cox, to approve the project and have Chairman Ripplinger sign the proposed agreement. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Lee, to amend the project sheet for the ND DOT to reflect that Projects SC-0328(064) and SC-0305(059) will be done in 2008 and to have Chairman Ripplinger sign the project sheet. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed a letter from the ND DOT dated October 31, 2006, regarding right of way document submission to the ND DOT on Federal Aid Projects. A copy of this letter was provided to the Benson County Highway Department.
The board revisited the issue of the closing of the Hellerud Bridge.
A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Lee, to close the bridge to all vehicular traffic. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously. A request will be made to the highway department to place additional signs in the area for the road closure.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Cox, to allow employees a paid day off on November 24, 2006 to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed a letter from the NDIRF dated October 17, 2006.
State’s Attorney Wang requested the board ask the NDIRF that a liability/risk assessment to be conducted on old Hwy. #281. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Cox, to send a letter to the NDIRF requesting a loss control survey be conducted on old Hwy. #281. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed the pre-agenda for the October 8, 2006 meeting of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board. The board also reviewed a memo from the Upper Sheyenne River Joint Water Resource Board dated November 1, 2006, regarding a meeting set for November 15, 2006.
The board discussed the water drainage issues in Normania Township.
It was reported that the State of ND viewed the area of concern near Arland Halvorson’s residence. The state consented to installing a culvert under the roadway near his residence.
The board also discussed the issue of paying township dues to the Township Officer’s Association directly from the tax revenues received by the townships. The $100.00 annual amount would be paid directly from the county auditor’s office. Further discussion will be held on this matter at a later date.
The board contacted the social welfare office concerning conditional funding approval for outreach projects in Fort Totten.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Cox, to pay the following approved bills. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously. The following bills were paid:
Benson Co Highway Dept 540.00
Chad’s Amoco 187.29
Conseco Health Ins Co 108.30
Dean Petska 50.00
Edwin Hoffert & FUO-York 378.00
Election Systems &
Information Technology Dept 390.80
Jill Trenda, Walsh Co Tr 60.00
James Wang 580.00
Lake Region Dist Health 11,350.75
ND Telephone Co 784.35
Oddens’ Grocery 562.93
Otter Tail Power Company 373.81
Radisson Inn-Bismarck 100.00
Social Welfare 1,495.49
US Postmaster 39.00
ND Job Service 3,883.00
Office of St Tax Com 4,999.54
Esmond City 25.50
Internal Revenue Service 1,401.74
ND Telephone Co 199.89
Nodak Elec Co-op 34.12
ND Public Employees
Minnewaukan City 96.95
Jeff Bercier 25.00
Milton Lewis 90.30
Protective Life Ins Co 336.52
Goulding’s, Inc 4,233.73
Warwick Oil 3,639.92
BCBS of ND 3,189.18
Benson Co Transportation 800.00
Bonnie Erickson 142.50
Bruce Pallansch 1,000.00
Lake Chevrolet 427.23
Doris Randle 103.13
Ellen Huffman 151.87
Howard Johnson-Fargo 140.00
Jones Brothers 170.03
Jenny Steinhaus 45.00
LR Law Enforcement Ctr 1,365.00
Maddock Mini Mart 260.00
North Central Planning
ND Assn of Counties 559.75
ND Dept of Corrections 225.00
ND Newspaper Assn 123.22
ND Public Employees
Office Depot 155.38
Otter Tail Power Company 1,031.99
Quality Photo 10.68
Prairie Public Broadcasting 150.00
Benson Co Farmers Press 1,662.15
Ramkota Hotel 300.00
Scott Knoke 44.25
State Auditor 7,775.00
Universal Services 43.00
Anton Burkhardsmeier 22.36
Aggregate Industries 51.94
B & H Oil 671.84
Butler Machine 813.65
Maddock City 58.60
Minnewaukan City 36.50
Dokken Const 1,447.27
Dokken Const 930.37
Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 2,437.73
Farmers Union Oil-York 855.86
GCR Tire Center 75.00
Gene Hager 60.00
Gofer Sanitation 167.50
Harlow Sanitation 15.00
Hewlett-Packard Co 587.00
Home of Economy 92.95
Interstate Power Systems,
Mac’s, Inc 89.34
Dakota Implement 579.55
Northern Plains Elec Co-op 53.00
Oddens’ Grocery 5.79
Otter Tail Power Company 28.21
Otter Tail Power Company 180.99
US Postmaster 37.50
Praxair Distrubution, Inc 15.84
Pleasant Lake Twp 2,302.99
TTT Center 100.00
Zones Corporate Solutions 228.43
Social Welfare 13,001.40
Kory Jorgenson 92.91
Lyndon Olson 71.16
Travis Anderson 87.66
Tim Finley 68.16
Wanda Teigen 178.18
Zones Corporate Solutions 71.14
Chad’s Amoco 545.91
Curtis Hvinden 185.00
Barry Cox 222.50
Edward Ripplinger 72.50
Jason Lee 59.00
Dwain Brown 77.00
Information Technology Dept 392.00
Matthew Bender & Co, Inc 400.00
Mac’s, Inc 55.96
NDACO Resource Group 104.40
Oddens’ Grocery 586.32
Wholesale Supply Co 425.85
Social Welfare 5,151.16
ND Telephone Co 819.57
Distribution of Entities 79,337.76
OCTOBER 2006 NET PAYROLL
County Agent $908.70
Emergency Disaster 935.04
County General 30,729.22
Social Services 30,239.89
County Road 35,070.61
The motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting.
Benson County Auditor
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
LEEDS SCHOOL BOARD
October 17, 2006
A regular meeting of the Leeds Board of Education was held October 17, 2006 at 7 p.m. Present were Young, Silliman, Swanson, Larson, Bracken, Supt. Braaten, Principals Gullickson and Braaten and Business Manager Kathy Benson. Also present were Mark Lindahl, Supt.
of Southern School Dist. 8, Jeff Manley, athletic director, Breanne Larson, volleyball coach, Michelle Manley and Lisa Anderson.
Additions to agenda: 8 (g) Presentation by Mark Lindahl regarding possible co-ops and shared academic services.
The minutes of the previous regular meeting of September 20, 2006 and special meetings on September 29, October 2 and October 9, 2006 were approved as written.
Mark Lindahl presented data from the Cando schools regarding enrollment numbers and participants in the football and baseball programs. The North Star Bearcats (Cando, Bisbee-Egeland,
Starkweather) are looking at the 2009/2011 football plan and are approaching the Leeds School Board to see if there is interest in discussing options for co-oping. A baseball co-op program with Cando-Munich was also discussed. Mr. Lindahl reiterated the importance of opening communication between the area schools to discuss options of shared services in academics as well as athletics.
Melody Bracken arrived at the meeting.
Mr. Braaten summarized the process of the volleyball co-op with Minnewaukan and the discussion at the community meeting held October 9. The public was invited to the community meeting and had an opportunity to discuss the options, and also the public has had the opportunity to provide input and opinion by calling school board members. The board needs to make a decision before the November 2,
2006 ND High School Activities Association deadline. A sufficient number of participants in the sport is needed to have 4 teams and provide competition for the players. Students also need to compete for their position on the team.
The board discussed the numbers for next year and the realistic numbers of those who would actually participate.
It was moved and seconded to approve a co-op with Minnewaukan Public School for volleyball for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. Upon roll call vote of three in favor and one opposed, the motion was approved and carried.
It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the financial reports for September 2006 and the bills for payment.
American Math Competitions $118.00
B & H Oil Co 2,232.60
Baker’s Plays 11.86
Benson Co Schoolmasters 100.00
Braaten, Carol 70.00
Bracken, Richard 39.00
Cando Insurance Agency 57.00
Carolina Biological Supply 34.70
Chad’s Amoco 415.48
Class of 2010 3.00
Clute Office Equip 340.00
Computer Store 92.88
Corporate Technologies 725.00
Curriculum Advantage 378.00
Dacotah Paper Co 507.12
Dakota Web Composers 60.00
Days Inn 69.00
Dramatic Publishing 7.64
Dunlap, Deborah 125.00
Eldridge Publishing Co 13.95
Eye on Education 35.95
Farmers Union Oil Co 8.67
Franklin Covey 86.36
Gaffaney’s, Inc 799.85
Gerrells & Co 114.70
Glenburn School 1,102.08
Graybar Electric 181.72
Gullickson, Jason 18.75
Haagenson, Lorin & Patty 68.40
Home of Economy 9.65
Hy-Z Wireless 57.63
L & H Plumbing & Heating 165.00
Lake Region State College 24.00
Lake Region Sheet Metal 600.33
Larson Implement 32.64
Leeds FFA Chapter 2.50
Leeds Hot Lunch 1,376.00
Mitchell, Lana 50.00
Moser, Larry 9.68
Moser, Sheila 6.25
ND Telephone Co 324.37
NDUC Group Account 58.33
Otter Tail Power Co 1,842.84
Paulson Supply 53.75
Pearson Education 211.95
Pitsco, Inc 68.95
Poppler’s Music 774.26
Praxair Distribution 66.22
ProQuest Learning Page 159.90
Really Good Stuff 87.63
Scholastic Testing Service,
School Specialty 102.38
Software Unlimited, Inc 150.00
Tracy’s Market 188.68
Consulting, Inc 325.00
SU Division of Music 35.00
City of Leeds 158.00
ND All State 120.00
Mr. Gullickson presented his high school principal’s report:
standardized testing for grades 7, 8 and 11 starts October 30, NHS book fair on October 24 and 25, PSAT test on October 18, parent-teacher conferences October 24, Northwest Music Festival on November 3 and 4, the FFA District Leadership contest was October 5 and several students will be attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, October 23-28.
Congratulations to Michael Anderson, Alisha Strand and Abbie Brossart on their individual awards at the FFA District Leadership contest and to Elliott Gunderson and Matthew Pepple for their silver team award – quiz team. Leeds FFA also received a bronze team award in parliamentary procedure.
Congratulations to the NCB Raiders on a successful football season as Region 5 champions. Congratulations to all players and to coaches Manley and Callahan.
Mrs. Braaten presented the elementary principal’s report: elementary girls’ basketball season has ended; congratulations and thank you to coach Tammy Urness for a successful season; the boys’ basketball season has begun; state assessment testing October 24-26 for grades 3 through 6; elementary teachers have updated their respective pages on the school Web site and are activated, first quarter ends October 18; elementary students will visit the Engstrom pumpkin patch; and DI Haunted House is back in operation on October 27 and 28.
Mrs. Benson distributed the forms for the superintendent’s formative evaluation. These must be completed and turned in for review before December 15, 2006.
Mr. Manley handed out the most recent ND High School Activities Association football plan that will be discussed at the upcoming general assembly in Bismarck on October 19, 2006.
Gene Larson left the meeting.
The Hazard Analysis Control Plan for Food Safety Manual (HACCP) was presented. It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the HACCP Food Safety Manual as presented.
Mr. Braaten reported on the upcoming NESC meeting; the governing board and the joint board P16 Task Force recommendations.
Mr. Braaten presented the superintendent’s report: G&R Controls is performing an energy savings project; the building committee (Randy Silliman, Mark Swanson) will meet November 2; the school technology plan will be updated this year; recent asbestos three year inspection has been conducted by Trio Environmental; and the Benson County Schools Emergency Response Workshop will be held November 29 and December 13.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 7 p.m.
MINNEWAUKAN SCHOOL BOARD
December 11, 2006 – 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; B. Invitation to Native American parents to meet; and give input about programs and procedures of the Minnewaukan School IV. Reading and approval of the minutes V. Presentation of bills VI. Reports. A. General Fund; B. Special Fund; C. Hot lunch; D.
VII. Old business. A. Volleyball Co-ops, approved; B. Supt. evaluation VIII. New business. A. Evaluation of test results to determine effectiveness of SFA, CGA, and full day kindergarten & pre-K programs (Darlene and Diane); B. Door locks ordered, will be installed during holiday IX. Principals’ reports X. Christmas party Dec. 23 at The Cove XI. Next meeting date and time XII. Adjournment (Publish Dec. 6, 2006)
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