OF THE BOARD OF
June 17, 2008
The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 8 a.m. in the Commissioner Room of the Benson County Courthouse in Minnewaukan, ND. 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 Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to reappoint Lori O’Connell to the Benson County School Reorganization Board for a period of three years commencing July 1, 2008. All members voted yes.
The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Brown, to reappoint Ken Hoffert to the Benson County Water Board for a period of three years commencing July 1, 2008. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Hvinden, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of June 3, 2008. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed a letter to NCCRC in Rugby, ND from State’s Attorney Wang dated June 11, 2008 regarding payment of an outstanding billing.
The board reviewed a letter State’s Attorney Wang wrote to the ND State Water Commission dated June 4, 2008 regarding ownership of Bouret’s Dam along with a response letter dated June 11, 2008.
Haagenson suggested an attorney general’s opinion be sought as to ownership of the dam.
Hvinden discussed the Wood-Rutten Road near East Bay Resort with the board. He stated the road gets in very bad condition during rainy periods and is in need of gravel.
The board discussed the mill levy passing at the primary election to implement a levy for EMS services.
A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Lee, to go on record verifying that a special permit for a liquor license was issued to Earl’s Bar for June 7, 2008.
A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Haagenson, to transfer $75,000.00 from the Highway Tax Fund to the Road & Bridge Fund. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed an Order Granting Certificates of Corridor Compatibility and Route Permits regarding Enbridge Pipelines LLC along with a Notice of Cancellation of Formal Hearing and Notice of Information Hearing dated June 13, 2008. The board concluded no action by the board is necessary as to these documents.
The board telephoned State’s Attorney Wang regarding the Bouret’s Dam ownership issue.
The board reviewed a list of needed repairs submitted by the courthouse offices. The board concluded electrical wiring issues will be first priority.
At 10 a.m. the tax equalization meeting was held for the 2nd and 3rd Commissioner Districts. James P. Wang, state’s attorney, was present at this time. Ellen Huffman, tax equalization director, presented a proposed list of changes for the districts and gave an explanation of the changes. No one appeared to protest the proposed changes. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Brown, to approve the proposed changes for the 2nd Commissioner District. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board discussed the proposed changes for the 3rd Commissioners District. A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Haagenson, to approve the proposed changes for the 3rd Commissioner District. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Following the meeting for the 2nd and 3rd Commissioner District, the county tax equalization meeting began. Huffman stated a request was received to reduce the valuation on parcels #43-0004-10199-001 in Leeds, ND. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Brown, to reduce the valuation on the parcel from $45,000 to $30,000. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Huffman presented the board with four applications for inundated land. The following action was taken on the applications:
a. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to approve the application and proposed changes reducing the valuation from $1,590 to $500 on parcel #39-0000-09376-000. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
b. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Brown, to approve the application and proposed changes reducing the valuation from $6,104 to $400 on parcel #34-0004-08525-000. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
c. A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Haagenson, to approve the application and proposed changes reducing the valuation from
$51,428 to $49,392 on parcel #35-0000-08724-000. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
d. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Hvinden, to disapprove the applications and proposed changes for tax years 2007 and 2008 on parcels #02-0000-00247-000 and #02-0000-00345-00. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The owner of this property also submitted an Application for Abatement and Settlement of Taxes for the years 2007 and 2008 on the same parcels mentioned above. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Hvinden, to reject the applications per the advice of State’s Attorney Wang as the preparer did not complete the application as required. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Haagenson, to not increase the agricultural or commercial land values for 2008. Residential values in the cities of York and Warwick will increase by 5%.
Residential values in the townships throughout Benson County will increase by 5% with the exception of Lohnes Township. All members votes yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Huffman informed the board there are two veteran exemptions and 42 approved homestead credit applications for 2008.
A motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 11:10 a.m.
Benson County Auditor
Benson County Deputy Auditor
Michael N. Steffan
INVITATION FOR BIDS
HOUSE WITH LOTS FOR SALE
220 4th Street South, Minnewaukan, North Dakota NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by owners (Trustees of Sophia Terlecki Trust), that the following described house will be offered for sale:
Lots Twenty-six (26), Twenty-seven (27), Twenty-eight (28) and Twenty-nine (29), Block Seventy-one (71), City of Minnewaukan, Benson County, North Dakota (house located at 220 4th Street South, Minnewaukan, ND); and Lots One (1), Two (2) and Three (3), Block Eighty-three (83), City of Minnewaukan, Benson County, North Dakota (garden lots with water supply).
SEALED WRITTEN BIDS for the house and garden lots will be received by the undersigned up to the time of bid letting, which will be Friday, July 18, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the offices of Frith & Steffan located at 609 4th Avenue NE, Devils Lake, ND. If mailing bids early, please mail to PO Box 1045, Devils Lake, ND. Bids may be for either properties separately or a combined bid for both house and garden lots.
ALL PERSONS submitting a written bid by the bid letting time will have the opportunity to raise their bids in competitive bidding fashion.
TERMS: Successful bidder will execute an earnest money contract requiring ten percent (10%) of the purchase price as soon after the bid letting as is possible, with the balance in cash within forty-five (45) days after signing the contract. Seller will furnish a Warranty Deed and updated abstract for the house. Seller will furnish a Quit Claim Deed and no abstract for the garden lots.
The property can be viewed by contacting Michael Steffan at Frith & Steffan Law Office at (701) 662-2805.
SELLER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS AND TO WAIVE ANY IRREGULARITIES IN THE SALE PROCESS.
FURTHER INFORMATION may be secured by contacting the undersigned:
Michael N. Steffan, Attorney for Sellers FRITH & STEFFAN
609 4th Avenue NE, PO Box 1045
Devils Lake, ND 58301
ND License No: 03441
MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING
MADDOCK CITY COUNCIL
June 19, 2008
A special meeting of the Maddock City Council was called to order by Mayor Kevin Winson at 5 p.m. on June 19, 2008 at city hall. Present for roll call were council members Daniel Hoffert and Marilyn Allan.
Rodney Maddock and Wayne Knatterud were absent.
The second reading was held on a resolution to allow the Maddock Bar to close at 2 a.m. at the bar owner’s discretion.
LET THE RECORDS SHOW a motion was made by Hoffert, seconded by Allan, to approve the resolution and make it effective July 1, 2008. The motion carried.
The meeting adjourned.
Acting City Auditor
MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING
MADDOCK CITY COUNCIL
June 24, 2008
A special reorganization meeting of the Maddock City Council was called to order by Mayor Kevin Winson at 7:30 p.m. on June 24, 2008 at city hall. Present for roll call were council members Daniel Hoffert, Wayne Knatterud, Marilyn Allan and Rodney Maddock. Also present were newly elected council members Kent Neppl and Mary K. Feig.
A canvass of votes for the June 10, 2008 city election was presented.
After examination of the election records the following results were
City Council: Kent Neppl, 84; Mary K. Feig, 68; Daniel Hoffert, 46; and Wayne Knatterud, 23.
Publishing city minutes: Yes, 99 and No, 8.
Park board four-year term: Michelle Eyl, 107 and Julie Tandeski, 3.
Park board two-year term: Amy Simon, 104 and Kent Neppl, 96.
A motion was made by Maddock, seconded by Hoffert, to allow Norman and Robin Rosendahl to purchase the vacant lots next to their property if they are willing to pay the taxes and specials that are owed. The motion carried.
The second reading of a resolution to increase the City of Maddock electrical rates was held. A motion was made by Allan, seconded by Maddock, that whereas the City of Maddock is in need of an increase in electrical fees to cover expenses, the resolution to increase rates is approved and will be effective with the September 2008 billings. The motion carried.
The newly elected council members, Kent Neppl and Mary K. Feig, were sworn in.
Mayor Winson reviewed the city portfolios with the council members.
A building permit was presented for David and Denise Swanson to construct a patio. A motion was made by Maddock, seconded by Allan, to approve the permit. The motion carried.
A motion was made by Maddock, seconded by Feig, to allow the Maddock Bar to hold a street dance on July 3. The motion carried.
A motion was made by Neppl, seconded by Allan, to allow the Maddock Alumni to display fireworks during the All-School Reunion and waive the permit fee. The motion carried.
Due to a change in personnel, the council instructed City Auditor Pam Lee to have the locks to the city office changed.
There being no further business, upon motion made by Allan and seconded by Feig, the meeting was adjourned. The motion carried.
These minutes have not yet been approved by the Maddock City Council.
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
LEEDS SCHOOL BOARD
A regular meeting of the Leeds Board of Education was held May 14,
2008 at 7 p.m. Members present were Linda Young, Silliman, Larson, Swanson, Supt. Braaten, Principals Manley and Braaten and Business Manager Kathryn Benson. Melody Bracken was absent.
Additions to the agenda: 8) Revised 2008/2009 school calendar.
The minutes of the regular meeting of April 18, 2008 were approved as written with corrections.
Mr. Braaten updated the board on the progress of the energy savings project. Lighting installed in the offices and there will be a walk through inspection for final approval next week.
A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the Medhus Scholarship total of $2,900.
The board read a letter of resignation from Lana Mitchell. A motion was made, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Lana Mitchell, fourth grade teacher.
The board read a thank you note from Lucia Jacobson for flowers sent
to her mother’s service.
A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the financial reports for April 2008 and approve all bills through May 14 for payment. The board reviewed the 2007/08 mid-year budget summary and preliminary budget for 2008/09.
Anderson, April $158.00
Anderson, Judy 65.00
Anne Carlsen Center 6,450.50
B & H Oil Co. 4,274.17
Bale Company 21.60
Benson Co. Farmers Press 120.96
Benson, Kathryn 51.75
BW Doublewood Inn 62.00
Chad’s Amoco 393.70
City of Leeds 740.30
College of Education 74.00
Dacotah Paper Co. 107.88
Dakota Assemblies 300.00
Dakota Fire Extinguishers 363.50
Dakota Web Composers 60.00
Devils Lake Glass &
Paint Co. 2.10
Expressway Suites 194.85
Farmers Union Oil Co. 779.81
G & R Controls 66.00
Griffin, Doris M 225.00
Holiday Inn of Fargo 109.99
Int’l. Reading Assn. 61.00
Kelly Inn 81.74
Leeds Hot Lunch 1,088.48
Minot State University 333.40
Moser, Sheila 12.12
Munich Public School 61.00
Nathan, Karyn 27.36
National Geographic 15.90
ND DTSE 10.00
ND Telephone Co. 332.85
Nybo, Michelle 145.50
Paulson Supply 30.21
Popplers Music 239.59
Praxair Dist 20.15
Quill Corp. 630.76
Rolle, Gary 8.06
Sage Publication 18.45
Sax Arts & Crafts 20.20
Towner Co. Record Herald 30.00
Tractor Supply Co. 4.98
Tracy’s Market 140.50
Travel World of Crosby 1,465.00
Tumbleweed Press Inc. 399.00
US Postal Service 952.60
Otter Tail Power Co. 3,226.70
Wolf, Dusty 100.00
Durum House 29.00
Jacobson, Lucia 165.00
Anderson, Lisa 106.00
Bismarck State College 30.00
Poulsen, Marilyn 40.00
ND Dept. of Transportation 3.00
CAPITAL PROJECTS (BUILDING)
Houim Contracting & Tree
Service Tree Removal $550.00
Mr. Manley presented the high school principal’s report: state music contest, state speech meet, senior art show at United Community Bank, National Honor Society inductees, teacher appreciation week, district FFA at St John, Shakespeare lyceum, science/computer clubs trip, music trip, regional golf meets on Friday and state golf meet on May 27-28, regional track on Saturday and state on May 23-24, CNDC baseball tournament in Devils Lake.
Linda Young arrived.
Mr. Manley presented revisions to the student agenda and handbook. A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the revision to the suspension from co-curricular activities and the cell phone usage policies.
Mrs. Braaten presented the elementary principal’s report:
kindergarten visitation tomorrow, spring concert and program, trip to Roosevelt Park Zoo next Tuesday, bicycle safety, Starlab planetarium lyceum, math meet at Leeds, Miss Teen USA will visit, NWEA Map testing is complete, DIBELS finalized for K-6. Mrs. Braaten also presented DIBELS results and measurement of improvement on several students.
Mr. Braaten reported on the recent NESC meeting.
Mr. Braaten reported on the co-op meeting: discussion on scheduling, coaching positions, the NDHSAA football plan and training rules, participation numbers for volleyball basketball and reviewed the common rules for eligibility. The board reviewed the football plan for 2009-2011 seasons.
The board reviewed the preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress reports.
A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve continuing with NESC and sign the Commitment of Services Agreement.
A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve tuition agreement for Kristen Olson, Churchs Ferry to attend Devils Lake Public School.
A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the tuition agreement for Dalton and Cole Bonn, Churchs Ferry, to attend Devils Lake Public School.
Mr. Braaten presented the superintendent’s report: teachers contracts, new football scoreboard, cut trees and remove stumps, update bus radios, options for science teachers, fourth grade position, summer maintenance projects (windows, computer lab, stage curtains).
A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the revised school calendar for 2008/2009.
Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
following the elections.
The meeting adjourned.
MINNEWAUKAN SCHOOL BOARD
JULY 14, 2008 – 4:30 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.
VII. Old business. A. Bus proposal; B. Summer projects; C. Teacher resignation VIII. Adjournment for supper IX. Call to order by business manager X. Installation of members.
XI. Election of officers. A. President; B. Vice president XII. Appointment of business manager XIII. Other appointments XIV. New business. A. Preliminary budget; B. Para-professionals, applications; C. Title application; D. Request for tuition waivers XV. Principals’ reports XVI. Next meeting date and time XVII. Adjournment (Publish July 9, 2008)
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