HERE ARE THE PUBLIC NOTICES:
OF THE BOARD OF
January 2, 2007
The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 9 a.m.
Com-missioners present were Dwain Brown, Curtis Hvinden, Michael N. Steffan, Lowell Haagenson and Jason Lee. The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman Hvinden.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 19, 2006. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff Steven J. Rohrer met with the board and presented the mileage/activity report of the sheriff’s department for December 2006. He informed the board he hired a new deputy sheriff and Deputy Marvin Holweger will be moved to a chief deputy position. The board informed him that Deputy Holweger will need to stay at the same pay rate until decisions are made on policing contracts with the various cities in Benson County. Rohrer stated he will be meeting with the city of Maddock on January, 8, 2007 to discuss police contracting issues. Rohrer further stated he will not be residing in the sheriff’s residence in the courthouse at this time.
Shelley Aabrekke, Benson County public health, presented her narrative report for December 2006.
She discussed scoliosis screening in the area schools.
A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Lee, to approve an annual beer license for the Crossroads Service Station. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to appoint Beth Sayler to the Lake Region Human Service Center Advisory Council for a period of two years. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed an e-mail from the McHenry County Commissioners requesting Benson County join in a bill draft for the counties to receive a portion of the state surplus dollars. The board will reply to the e-mail stating Benson County is willing to support the lobbying effort.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Steffan, to have the chairman sign a deed for the sale of Lot
6 of Blk 1 and Lots 1-6 of Blk 6, Tokio and the sale of Lots 8-10 of Blk 6, Lots 5-12 of Blk 1, and Lots 9-12 of Blk 3, Town of Pleasant Lake.
All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board discussed various FEMA projects throughout the county.
The board reviewed a letter from Robert Curl, Northern Plains RC & D Office, dated December 26, 2006.
The board reviewed a memo from Richard Anderson, North Central Planning Council, dated December 21, 2006, regarding the availability of funds through the Community Development Block Grant.
Further, the board reviewed a letter from the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource District Board dated December 29, 2006 on the Upper Basin Water Utilization Test Project. Notice of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource District Board meeting of January 3, 2007 was presented to the board.
Gene Hager and Wanda Teigen of the Benson County Highway Department met with the board. They presented a financial report for the highway department for the year 2006. Haagenson questioned how much money is received from township work. Hager responded that the county performs approximately 2500 hours of work for the townships annually.
The board discussed roads acting as dams in Benson County.
The board reviewed the Benson County Employee Handbook. A list of proposed changes was submitted by the county Extension Office and the Highway Department. A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Haagenson, to have the county pay 100% of the amount allocated by the county towards a seasonal employee’s dental/vision/health insurance benefits during the time period he/she is not working. To qualify for this benefit, he/she must present a signed written statement to the road department secretary stating he/she will return to work for the county for the following year or repay any health benefits paid by the county while he/she was laid off, unless otherwise approved by the board of County Commissioners. Upon roll call
vote: Lee-yes; Hvinden-yes; Steffan-no; Haagenson-yes; and Brown-yes. The motion carried.
A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Steffan, to have the portion of dental/vision/health insurance benefits paid by the county for all other employees pro-rated according to time worked. All members voted yes.
The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Steffan, seconded by Haagenson, to amend the 2006 county budget as needed. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The election of a chairman and vice chairman for the year 2007 was held. A nomination was made that Curtis Hvinden be elected chairman and Michael N. Steffan be elected vice chairman. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Curtis Hvinden as chairman and Michael N. Steffan as vice chairman. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Lee, to reappoint John Beckstrand to the Benson County Water Resource District Board for a period of three years. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
John Beckstrand, Benson County water board, met with the board regarding the Tolna Coulee Cleanout project. Beckstrand stated the water board will be meeting with the Devils Lake Basin Board on this issue, however, no money will be committed at this time.
The board telephoned Larry Brooks of BlueCross BlueShield regarding the rate increase for county health insurance premiums. Brooks stated a single premium will increase by 21.8% and a family premium will increase by 19%. This increased rate will stay in effect for two years and will be effective in July 2007.
A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Brown, to pay all county approved bills. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously. The following bills were paid:
Anthony Lee Lordson 32.50
Cass County Tr 376.50
Garrison Diversion Dist 72.26
Jeff Bercier 70.00
Jean Olson 21.38
Larry Sullivan 25.00
Mark Tuenge 33.25
ND State Treasurer 2,380.29
Richland Co Auditor 47.00
Terrell L Sullivan 25.00
Thomas D Sullivan 47.50
Vincent Weixel 40.75
Benson Co Treasurer 5,712.65
Esmond City 25.50
Dean Petska 50.00
Donna Smith 400.00
James Wang 580.00
ND Telephone Co 188.30
Nodak Electric Co-op 35.67
Oddens’ Grocery 514.68
Esmond Golden Age Club 800.00
Knox 55 Club 1,518.92
Leeds 55 Club 1,500.00
Maddock 55 Club 1,000.00
Minnewaukan 55 Club 3,544.14
Leeds Twp 4,127.94
Ned Mitzel 365.56
Minnewaukan City 91.95
Larry Estenson 820.00
Maximus, Inc 11,385.00
North Central Planning
ND Assn of Counties 21,031.24
ND Newspaper Assn 150.00
ND Public Employees
US Postmaster 47.70
Protective Life Ins Co 336.52
ND Dept of Transportation 180.00
Social Welfare 11,357.60
Aspen Publishers 173.21
B & H Oil 4,294.40
Bryan Britsch 10,413.50
Butler Machine 55.32
Minnewaukan City 36.50
Dwain Brown 1,560.00
Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 2,958.00
GCR Tire Center 23.47
Gofer Sanitation 75.00
Harlow Sanitation 15.00
Home of Economy 29.93
Institute of Local
Jarvis Hegland 2,670.00
Jerry Leier 9,396.00
Mac’s, Inc 77.36
Dakota Implement 97.72
ND Assn of Counties 60.00
Northern Plains Elec Co-op 188.00
Olson Repair 180.00
Otter Tail Power Company 39.13
Pierce Co Aud 214.31
Spirit Lake Refuse 30.00
Warwick Oil 1,595.92
Wold Engineering 3,175.96
Wold Engineering 1,591.91
Wold Engineering 9,164.77
Benson Co Transportation 800.00
Clute’s Office Equipment 97.21
Michael Steffan 80.00
Curtis Hvinden 80.00
Jason Lee 59.00
Dwain Brown 77.00
Lowell Haagenson 68.00
Conseco Health Ins Co 108.30
Computer Software Assoc 1,800.00
Darrell’s Electric, Inc 656.35
Ellen Huffman 45.04
Gaffaney’s of Minot 73.93
LR Law Enforcement Ctr 14,814.20
Maddock Mini Mart 237.70
ND Assn of Counties 2,269.53
ND Council of ED Leaders 25.00
ND Telephone Co 9,197.54
Oddens’ Grocery 379.14
Office Depot 13.17
Otter Tail Power Company 1,938.53
Quality Photo 44.95
Pitney Bowes 429.00
Prairie Public Broadcasting 150.00
Benson Co Farmers Press 1,178.69
Richard Budd 25.00
Scott Knoke 11.60
Wayne Trophies 66.75
Anton Burkhardsmeier 89.44
BCBS of ND 3,487.47
Maddock City 63.85
ND EM Mgmt Assn 50.00
Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 4,532.92
Farmers Union Oil-York 950.08
John Maritato 25.00
ND Public Employees
ND State Radio
ND VSO Association 40.00
Otter Tail Power Company 275.95
Benson Co Highway Dept 100.00
Daryl Biby 71.91
Home of Economy 89.24
Institute of Local
Internal Revenue Service 131.73
Lyndon Olson 108.66
Mollers, Inc 9,983.75
State Tax Commissioner 112.00
Tim Finley 94.41
Terry Follman 40.94
Wanda Teigen 312.75
Charles Studness 18,000.00
DECEMBER 2006 NET PAYROLL
County Agent $1,011.66
Emergency Disaster 935.04
County General 31,215.16
Social Services 31,349.46
County Road 24,758.62
The motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting.
Benson County Auditor
OF THE BOARD OF
January 8, 2007
The Benson County Commissioners met in special session at 10 a.m. in the commissioner room at the Benson County Courthouse. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss federal aid road project
SC-0319(060) four miles south of Leeds then north. Commissioners present were Curtis Hvinden, Dwain Brown, Jason Lee, Michael N. Steffan and Lowell Haagenson. Also present was Gene Hager, Benson County highway superintendent.
Lee telephoned James P. Wang, Benson County state’s attorney, regarding the ability to use federal aid funds for the portion of roadway through the city of Leeds. The board discussed past projects for roadways through Esmond and Maddock. Hager stated Maddock and Esmond did not pay for any portion of the road projects. He further stated Leeds agreed to pay the 20% match if need be on project SC-0319(060).
Steffan stated it should be written that any incorporated city in Benson County may request a portion of the federal aid dollars allocated to Benson County provided a specific dollar amount is not exceeded and the project is for a federal aid bituminous surfacing project. Steffan commented the dollar limit should not exceed $15,000.
A motion was made by Steffan, seconded by Lee, to allow any incorporated city within Benson County that chooses to do paving/chip sealing on a federal aid qualifying roadway be allowed up to $15,000 to do the project provided the city pay the local 20% match. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
State’s Attorney Wang telephoned to report that he contacted the ND DOT and that office stated it is permissible to chip seal the portion of roadway through Leeds and have Leeds pay the 20% local match as it is a federal aid road. Hazel stated a maintenance encroachment agreement must be entered into. The board discussed the need for a maintenance encroachment agreement.
A motion was made by Steffan, seconded by Haagenson, that the city of Leeds be granted its request to chip seal the portion of roadway through Leeds provided the costs do not exceed $15,000 and provided the city enter into a maintenance encroachment agreement and pay the 20% match.
Hager informed the board of a meeting with Bob Valeu from US Senator Dorgan’s office on January 10, 2007 at 1 p.m. to discuss FEMA only allowing a width of 14 ft. on roadways.
Steffan informed the board of a conference call he will have on Wednesday with the Federal Department of Transportation on phase projects on the reservation for roads acting as dams.
The board was brought up to date on future federal aid road projects. Hager stated the Wood-Rutten road will be the next large project and it is programmed for 2008. Steffan commented that Ramsey County must be willing to participate in the project.
The board discussed the proposed bill draft to allow counties a portion of the state surplus dollars to match federal aid money.
The meeting was adjourned.
Benson County Auditor
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
ESMOND CITY COUNCIL
January 8, 2007
A regular meting of the Esmond City Council was held January 8, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the Esmond City Hall. Present were Mayor Estagen Zimmerman, council members DeLores Solway, Sylvester Hoffner and Lance Alexander, and City Auditor Misti Arnold. Visitor present was Ellen Truax.
A motion was made by Lance Alexander, seconded by DeLores Solway, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 4, 2006. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Lance Alexander, seconded by Sylvester Hoffner, to pay all approved bills. The motion carried unanimously. The bills are as follows:
Terry Schwab $404.43
Misti Arnold 554.10
Maguire Iron Co 4,342.50
Waste Management 1,246.91
NDTelephone Co 55.02
Otter Tail Power Company 721.62
Benson Co Farmers Press 54.29
ND Public Health Dept 16.00
Frey Insurance 107.00
Dennis Leier 190.00
Benson Co Highway Dept 180.00
Internal Revenue Service 504.90
Mayor Estagen Zimmerman appointed Ellen Truax to the city council to fill the spot of the late James Walter Norman.
A final reading of Ordinance No. 95, on selling the city’s water infrastructures, was read by Mayor Estagen Zimmerman. DeLores Solway made a motion to approve the final reading of Ordinance No. 95. The motion was seconded by Sylvester Hoffner. The motion carried unanimously.
City Auditor Misti Arnold read the new garbage contract that was sent by Waste Management.
Sylvester Hoffner made a motion to approve the new garbage contract with Waste Management. The motion was seconded by Lance Alexander. The motion carried unanimously.
The City of Esmond will have a special meeting on January 18, 2007 at 6 p.m. at City Hall with the rural water representatives to discuss the
following: valuation of assets process, city needs and expectations and a big picture of where this project is going.
The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 7 p.m.
A motion was made by DeLores Solway, seconded by Lance Alexander, to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried unanimously.
(Publish Jan. 24, 2007)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
OBERON SCHOOL BOARD
December 11, 2006
A regular meeting of the Oberon School Board was held on December 11, 2006 with board members Yvonne Thumb, Paula Deckert, Patricia Anderson, Karen Peterson, Greg Thomas, Principal Charles Anderson, and Business Manager Linda Winning present.
A motion was made to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2006 meeting as read. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously.
Bills were reviewed. A motion was made to accept the bills for payment. The motion was seconded, and carried unanimously.
Foss Trucking $740.00
Benson Co. Farmers Press 244.71
ND Telephone Co 251.96
Toshiba Financial 76.61
Reliable Office Supplies 195.93
Otter Tail Power Co 450.61
Patricia Anderson 233.58
Bremer Bank 6,357.97
Paul Stensland 305.00
ND Retirement 3,653.45
Richard’s Radio 35.00
Jerry Bingham 201.00
North Shore Agency 51.53
Connie Soderholm 235.49
Cindy Knowlen 235.49
Karen’s Place 24.45
Education Stds & Practice 125.00
BlueCross BlueShield 3,843.90
Richard Deschamp 22.50
Linda Winning 97.60
Anne Blake 86.34
Follett Educat Svcs 287.99
The principal’s report was given and included updates on the December 18 Christmas concert, December 22 field trip to New Rockford, substitute for Mrs. Throlson’s leave, Academy of Reading and Math, school improvement, and planned emergency response training on December 13 in Minnewaukan.
The 2006-07 budget was revised to reflect actual State Foundation Aid funding.
The next board meeting will be January 8, at 6:00 p.m.
A motion was made, seconded, and unanimously carried to adjourn the meeting.
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
OBERON CITY COUNCIL
December 11, 2006
A regular meeting of the Oberon City Council was held December 11, 2006 at 7 p.m. at the Oberon Community Center. Present were Mayor James Nelson, council members Pete Hager, Doug Schmid, Eloise Ploium and city auditor Ruth Buehler.
Council member Dale Stenberg was absent. Also present were Karen Peterson, Patricia Anderson and Deputy Sheriff Tom Sabo.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read. Schmid moved to approve the minutes. Ploium seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
The bills were reviewed. Hager moved to pay all the bills. Ploium seconded. The motion carried unanimously. Bills approved were:
Ruth Buehler $112.68
Waste Management 945.34
Otter Tail Power Co 507.37
Hawkins, Inc 133.25
ND Health Dept 16.00
ND Telephone Co 62.12
Benson Co Recorder 13.00
Traynor Law 75.00
Office of ND Auditor 200.00
Accounts receivable December 31, 2006 were $4,884.90.
Discussion was held on the price for bulk water.
Schmid moved to charge 2? per gallon. Hager seconded. The motion carried unanimously. A bill for 60,000 gallons would be $1,200.
Applications for licenses for the bar were reviewed. Karen Peterson asked if Elvis Thumb Jr.
could be put on the license to conduct business in her absence. Hager made a motion to approve the applications with the requested addition.
Schmid seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Garbage rates were discussed. The account has been in deficit for a year. It was determined to raise the rates by $6 a month. Ploium moved to raise the rates. Schmid seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
The water maintenance man has turned off the water at several empty houses.
The next meeting will be January 9, 2007 at 7 p.m.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Ruth E. Buehler
James C. Nelson
(Publish Jan. 24, 2007)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
LEEDS SCHOOL BOARD
December 14, 2006
A regular meeting of the Leeds Board of Education was held December 14, 2006 at 2 p.m. Present were Young, Silliman, Swanson, Bracken, Supt. Braaten, Principal Gullickson and Business Manager Kathryn Benson. Absent was Principal Carol Braaten.
Miss Nelson photographed the board for the annual.
Minutes of the previous regular meeting of November 15, 2006 were approved as written.
The board reviewed the superintendent’s formative evaluation.
It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the installation of railings on the bleacher aisles by Seating and Athletic Facility Enterprises at the price of $4,450.
It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the financial reports for November 2006 and bills for payment.
Academic Therapy Pub. $391.60
B&H Oil Co. 2,272.09
Braaten, Carol 37.50
Braaten, Joel 41.25
Brown, M. Jane 305.00
Chad’s Amoco 248.22
Clute Office Equipment 723.13
Computer Store 177.00
Dakota Assemblies 275.00
Dakota Web Composers 60.00
Darling, Jana 38.54
Devils Lake Public Schools 1,500.00
Digital Office Centre 94.40
Farmers Union Oil Co. 113.85
Gerrell’s & Co. 13.83
Gullickson, Jason 191.25
H.A. Thompson & Sons 115.29
Heart of America Medical
International Inn, Minot 162.50
Jaymar Business Forms 292.78
Johnson Clinic, PC 82.00
Lake Region Sheet Metal 2,338.23
Lake Region Special Ed 14,568.58
Leeds Hot Lunch 980.00
Lingen, Wayne 22.50
Master Lock Company 6.75
McGraw-Hill Co. 917.83
Minot State University 24.50
Mollers, Inc. 87.68
Music Treasures Co. 38.75
ND School for the Deaf 8,000.00
ND Telephone Co. 3,707.43
Oriental Trading Company 56.65
Otter Tail Power Co. 4,025.49
Poppler’s Music, Inc. 565.46
Praxair Distribution 17.36
Quill Corporation 187.16
Ramkota Hotel 186.00
Risovi, Corinne 125.00
School Specialty 28.78
Towner County Record
Tracy’s Market 82.12
US Post Office – Leeds 248.43
City of Leeds 158.00
Wal-Mart Community BRC 136.13
High school principal’s report: high school Christmas concert, college speech dinner, basketball season has begun, the girls’ team placed second at the Lake Region tournament, the athletes’ conduct at the Class B Hoopster tournament in Bismarck was exemplary, Lindsay Anderson placed 16th at the Footlocker Midwest meet, Brenna Stone has been selected for the ACDA all-state choir, speech season starts with the first meet in Rolette January 13 and semester testing will be December 20, 21 and 22.
Elementary principal’s report: elementary boys’
basketball season has been completed, thank you to Coach Manley, students decorated the trees along Main Street, congratulations to Josh Blegen and Mylie Herman for the winning red ribbon essays, the new teachers’ evaluations have been completed, students’ letters have been sent to the Towner County Record Herald for its Christmas insert, thank you to the Engstrom Pumpkin Patch for the donation to the elementary reading program and the donation to the Leeds Music Boosters.
The board discussed the elementary music program scheduling conflict with the girls’ basketball tournament.
Mr. Braaten reviewed the taxable valuation.
District property values went up by $239,825 which lowered the mill levy by 6.36 mills.
It was moved, seconded and carried to approve buying holiday gift cards in lieu of a holiday meal for the teachers and staff and to authorize the business manager to transfer funds from the interest fund to pay for them.
It was moved, seconded and carried to accept and recognize Leeds Education Association as the negotiating unit.
Mr. Braaten reported on the proposed NESC calendar for 2007/08.
Superintendent’s report: a student has been accepted at the Anne Carlsen School and will transfer in January, Dawn Geisen has resigned as para-professional, the Hazen/Beulah proposal for a three class system for basketball and volleyball was discussed and G&R Controls will give a presentation on an energy savings proposal at the January meeting, The administration attended the Benson County Schools emergency response planning workshop on December 13 in Minnewaukan.
Randy Silliman left the meeting.
Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2007, at 2 p.m.
Kathryn L Benson
Approved: Linda Young
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