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5/14/2008 – Public Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The City of Maddock plans to submit a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application to the State of North Dakota, Division of Community Services (DCS). CDBG funds are intended to provide decent housing, suitable living environments and economic opportunities, principally for very low and low income persons through rehabilitation and preservation, economic/job development and public facilities improvements. It is estimated that $6,000,000 will be available statewide for the "Small Cities" CDBG program projects.

The application being considered would request $115,000 for the replacement of a raw water transmission line in Maddock. It is estimated that approximately 61% of the funds would benefit very low and low income persons. Permanent involuntary displacement of neighborhood persons or businesses is not anticipated. Should it later become necessary to consider such displacement, alternatives will be examined to minimize the displacement. If no feasible alternatives exist, required/reasonable benefits will be provided to those displaced to mitigate adverse effects and hardships. Any very low and low income housing which is demolished or converted will be replaced.

A public hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 19, 2008 at the City Hall in Maddock, ND to obtain citizen views and questions related to:

• The proposed CDBG application is for replacing a raw water transmission line.

Community development and housing needs, including the needs of very low and low income persons, as well as other needs in the community that might be addressed through the CDBG program, and • The performance of the City of Maddock in carrying out its community development responsibilities.

Written comments are also welcome and must be received by May 19, 2008 at PO Box 651, Devils Lake, ND. Oral and written comments will be considered in deciding whether to submit an application for the proposed project. Written summary information will be available from the City Auditor on May 14, 2008 until May 19, 2008 on any CDBG application of City of Maddock intends to submit to the state. A copy of the application as submitted to the state will be available for public review at North Central Planning Council after April 28, 2008.

Information and records regarding the City of Maddock’s proposed and past use of CDBG funds are available at North Central Planning Council during regular office hours. Advance notice is requested. If special accommodations are needed, please notify so that appropriate aids can be made available.



In the Matter of the Estate of Gerald S. Rice, Deceased.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned have been appointed Co-Personal Representatives of the above-named Estate. All persons having claims against the decedent are required to present their claims within three (3) months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims should either be presented to the undersigned as Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate at Post Office Box 110, Fargo, North Dakota 58107-0110, or filed with the Court.

Dated this 25th day of April, 2008.

/s/ Anna Olson

Anna Olson

Co-Personal Representative

/s/ Ellen Nilson

Ellen Nilson

Co-Personal Representative

Joseph A. Turman

DeMars & Turman, Ltd.

505 Broadway, Suite 207

PO Box 110

Fargo, ND 58107-0110

(701) 293-5592

Attorneys for Co-Personal Representatives First publication on the 30th day of April, 2008.

(Publish April 30 & May 7 & 14, 2008)






April 15, 2008

The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 8 a.m.

Commissioners present were Jason Lee, Curtis Hvinden, Lowell Haagenson, Michael N. Steffan and Dwain Brown. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Steffan.

A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Brown, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of April 1, 2008. All members voted yes.

The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Hvinden, to reappoint Genevieve Smith to serve on the Benson County Housing Authority Board for a period of five years commencing May 1, 2008. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The board reviewed a letter from the

International Water Institute dated March 31,

2008 regarding the Red River Basin Mapping Initiative Project. The board also reviewed a Notice of Filing & Opportunity for Hearing regarding Enbridge Pipelines pump station upgrades.

An e-mail dated April 6, 2008 for the upcoming meeting of the Upper Sheyenne River Joint Water Resource Board was presented to the board. A notice of open house to view preliminary FEMA flood insurance rate maps for Benson County was also presented to the board.

The board reviewed the results from the "Name that Road" contest for renaming old Highway #281.

Discussion was held on 911 addressing and how it would affect residents along the roadway. The board reviewed the issue of the 25 mph speed limit on the portion of the roadway north of Minnewaukan. Haagenson stated previous minutes were reviewed to find out if a motion was ever passed to not allow maintenance on the road. No motion of this sort was found.

Tax Equalization Director Ellen Huffman met with the board regarding assessing issues in Lohnes Township. The board reviewed NDCC 58-05-18 regarding the need for the county to appoint an assessor for the township as it did not hire one by the February 15, 2008 deadline. The board suggested the county auditor write a letter to the Lohnes Township Board of Supervisors informing it of the action to be taken.

A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to name the portion of Hwy #281 abandoned by the state "Old Highway #281." All members voted yes.

The motion carried unanimously. Steffan commented that it is not possible for the road to be a no maintenance road and still allow public travel.

The board concluded the road needs to be designated and posted as a minimum maintenance road. The board also concluded the road should not be used as a through road and a motion needs to be made as to what the board wants to do with the road.

Benson County Transportation Director Norma Jean Neumiller met with the board and stated she will be terminating her director position June 1, 2008. She recommended Susan Fossen be appointed in her place. She presented the monthly bills for the department and suggested the method of submitting bills for the department be changed.

She stated Benson County no longer receives Title III money. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Hvinden, to appoint Susan Fossen as Benson County Transportation Director to replace Norma Jean Neumiller effective June 1, 2008. The pay amount allocated for the position will be split equally between Larry Leonard, accountant for the department, and Fossen. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

Neumiller requested the vouchers for payment of the match dollars be presented quarterly rather than monthly and the board agreed. Neumiller also requested the Maddock bus be used within the city more often so people may get to the senior meals site, etc. The board consented to this also.

The board reviewed a letter from Surety Title Company dated April 3, 2008, regarding the conferment of benefits check for Benson County.

The county auditor presented the language for County Measure No. 1 to the board. The measure will be placed on the June 10, 2008 primary election ballot. The board concluded the language was acceptable.

The board discussed publication of the minutes for the Benson County Job Development Authority Board. The board will make a request that the minutes be published.

The board was notified the courthouse roof was leaking and an estimate for repair was submitted.

The board gave approval for Target Roofing to do the repair work.

The board gave approval to vote by proxy at the annual meeting of the NDIRF.

A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Haagenson, to transfer $150,000.00 from the County Highway Tax Fund to the Road and Bridge Fund. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The board discussed repairs needed to the restroom downstairs in the courthouse.

A motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 10:10 a.m.

Bonnie Erickson

Benson County Auditor

Michael N. Stephan






Stephanie Anderson, business manager of the Fort Totten Public School Board, has announced there will be one (1) position open on the board. This position will be a three (3) year term. The candidate shall reside within the rural areas of the Fort Totten Public School District No. 30 and shall be voted upon by the district at large.

Anyone wishing to run for this election must file a statement setting forth the candidate’s name and the position for which the person is a candidate. Candidates must also sign and file a Statement of Interest with the school district business manager. The final date for filing will be at 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2008.

Anyone who is 18 years of age and has resided in the Fort Totten Public School District No. 30 for at least 30 days preceding the election is entitled to vote and/or file as a candidate in this school board election.

The annual school board election will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2008.

The polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fort Totten Blue Building meeting room.

(Publish April 30 & May 7 & 14, 2008)



April 25, 2008

A special meeting of the Maddock City Council was held April 25, 2008 to interview two applicants for the swimming pool manager position. Mayor Kevin Winson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present for roll call were council members Daniel Hoffert, Wayne Knatterud and Marilyn Allen. Rodney Maddock was absent.

Becky Brandvold was the first to be interviewed, followed by Carrie Hillebrand. Knatterud requested a roll call vote. All council members voted in favor of hiring Becky Brandvold as pool manager.

Discussion was held on the hours of operation of the city bar. A motion was made by Hoffert, seconded by Knatterud, to allow a 2 a.m. closing for special events only. The motion carried.

A motion was made by Hoffert, seconded by Knatterud, to approve the following members for a housing committee board: Chairman Larry Summers, Marilyn Allan, Judy Kallenbach, Kevin Winson, Wanda Terpening and Ralph Olson. The motion carried.

A motion was made by Knatterud, seconded by Allan, to approve splitting the cost between Rural Housing, Horizons and the city of Maddock for the housing study. The motion carried.

A motion was made by Knatterud, seconded by Allan, to allow city auditor Pam Lee to attend the ADA Accessibility Guideline Conference in Grand Forks. The motion carried.

Sara Plum was present on behalf of the park board. She asked the council for assistance with the purchase of a new chemical dispensing system for the pool. She also requested the city hire Thane Solberg for 20 hours per week for the month of May. Frank Mosser and Keith Winson would be assisting him in getting the pool ready for the season. This matter was tabled until the next regular meeting.

A motion was made by Knatterud, seconded by Hoffert, to allow the park board to have a 50/50 raffle during the all-school reunion. The motion carried.

A motion was made by Knatterud, seconded by Hoffert, to accept the Joint Powers Agreement between Benson County and the City of Maddock. The motion carried.

A motion was made by Allan, seconded by Hoffert, to adjourn the meeting.

The meeting adjourned.

Pamela Lee

City Auditor

Kevin Winson


These minutes have not yet been approved by the Maddock City Council.



April 7, 2008

A regular meeting of the Oberon City Council was held April 7, 2008. Present were James Nelson, Dale Stenberg, Doug Schmid, Eloise Ploium, Pete Hager and Jessi Knatterud. Also present was Ellen Huffman from the tax equalization office.

A motion was made by Schmid, seconded by Ploium, to accept changes in value proposed by the assessor.

A motion was made by Hager, seconded by Stenberg, to raise residential property values by five percent. The motion carried.

The minutes from the previous meeting were read.

A motion was made by Schmid, seconded by Stenberg, to accept the minutes as read. The motion carried.

A motion was made by Hager, seconded by Stenberg, to approve all bills. The motion carried. Bills approved were:

Benson Co. Farmers Press $50.56

Public Utilities Dept. 316.50

Otter Tail Power Co. 617.55

ND Telephone Co. 62.12

ND Sewage Pump Lift

Station Service Co. 8,775.00

Waste Management 1,029.18

Corey Ploium 184.70

Jessi Knatterud 369.40

Discussion was held on: Insurance for the fire trucks will be changed and put under the city’s insurance; and the city would like to look into getting some funding for street repairs through Benson County’s 80/20 program.

The next meeting is set for May 5, 2008 at 7 p.m.

Ploium made a motion, seconded by Schmid, to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried. The meeting was adjourned.

Jessi Knatterud

City Auditor

James C. Nelson


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