10/29/2008 – Public Notices


 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

FORT TOTTEN SCHOOL DISTRICT

August 26, 2008

A regular meeting of the board of Fort Totten School District No. 30 was held August 26, 2008 at 12 noon in the conference room at the White Administration Building. Present were Erich Longie, Marty Greywater via speakerphone, Justin Yankton and Frank de la Paz. Raymond Cavanaugh and Galen Robertson were absent. Others present were Stephanie Anderson, Wayne Trottier Jr., Charles "Chip" Anderson, Jan Greene, Jeff Olson, Sandy Johnson, Kristen Greene and Lenny Redtomahawk.

Dr. Longie, board president, called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Mr. Greywater made a motion to approve the agenda with the addition of board vacancy. Seconded by Mr. Longie. Further discussion was held. Mr. Yankton asked why he was not included in this decision prior to the meeting. Dr. Longie stated he took it upon himself to look into this matter since he is the board president. He felt he had to do this because the board needed as many board members at meetings to assist in making difficult school decisions. Upon roll call vote, two were in favor, Mr. Yankton was opposed and two were absent. The motion carried.

BOARD VACANCY: Dr. Longie dispersed a handout he received from Mr. Gary Thune regarding a board vacancy. Discussion was held on Mr. Robertson’s absence from board meetings. Mr. Greywater made a motion to declare a vacancy on the board based on Section 44-02.01, subsection 6, failure to attend a board meeting for 60 consecutive days. Seconded by Dr. Longie. Further discussion was held. Upon roll call vote, two were in favor, Mr. Yankton was opposed and two were absent. The motion carried.

Dr. Longie suggested filling the vacancy by appointment until the end of the school year when Mr. Robertson’s term expires. Mr. Greywater made a motion to appoint Frank de la Paz to fill the vacancy. Seconded by Dr. Longie. Further discussion was held. Mr. Yankton asked why Mr. de la Paz. He suggested appointing someone from the last election ballot. Upon roll call vote, two were in favor, Mr. Yankton was opposed and two were absent. The motion carried.

The board recessed at 12:20 p.m. The board reconvened at 12:35 p.m.

The board swore in Mr. Frank de la Paz. Mr. Frank de la Paz will fill the vacant position of Mr. Galen Robertson.

APPROVAL OF 2008-2009 CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLWIDE

BUDGET: Mrs. Greene discussed the budget provided. Dr. Longie stated that he would like to see minimal carryover this year. Mrs. Greene said there were restrictions on some items. Mr.

Anderson stated the difficult part of the school-wide budget is the supplemental services part. So when the school wants to re-allocate the unspent monies, they have a short time to do this. It’s usually around January when the school can try to re-allocate the money. Dr. Longie thanked Mr. Anderson for explaining this to him so he can understand why the school cannot spend the entire budget in a school year. Mr. Greywater made a motion to approve the 2008-2009 Consolidated Schoolwide Budget as is. Seconded by Mr. Yankton. Upon roll call vote, four were in favor and one was absent. The motion carried.

ALTERNATIVE DIRECTOR’S CONTRACT: Mr. Jeff Olson is requesting full family health, dental and vision insurance. He would like to receive this benefit since some other employees receive it.

The administration explained that other employees received it because the employees before them receive this benefit. Dr. Trottier stated that Elaine Guy, Conrad Cavanaugh and George Longie did not negotiate their contracts every year like Mr. Olson. However, the board allowed Mr. Olson to negotiate his own contract each year. The board explained that they decided to no longer offer fully paid family health benefits. Only the superintendent and principal will receive this benefit. Dr. Longie made a motion to deny the request based on prior board action. Seconded by Mr. Greywater. Further discussion was held. Mr.

Yankton asked the business manager to check into the previous alternative director’s benefits to see what he received. Dr. Longie rescinded his motion and Mr. Greywater rescinded his second.

The board will have a special board meeting for Mr. Olson’s contract.

2007-2008 ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT: Mrs. Anderson explained the report regarding its expenditures and revenues. She explained the ending and beginning balance for this upcoming school year.

Mr. Yankton made a motion to approve the

2007-2008 Annual Financial Report. Seconded by Mr. de la Paz. Upon roll call vote, four were in favor and one was absent. The motion carried.

Mr. Greywater exited the meeting at 1:20 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES: Mr. Yankton made a motion to approve the minutes of August 6 and 11,

2008 as is. Seconded by Mr. de la Paz. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

SEPTEMBER 2008

Payroll $145,778.42

Social Security 18,033.38

Medicare 4,217.38

Federal W/Holding 12,960.64

State W/Holding 1,595.00

ND State Disbursement 700.10

NDPERS 2,950.03

NDTFFR 5,546.87

SPIRIT LAKE HOUSING 655.00

TOTAL 202,436.82

MONTHLY EXPENDITURES SEPTEMBER 2008

Alltel $77.90

Anderson, Charles 132.00

Anderson, Stephanie 204.00

Anderson, Stephanie 411.00

Beckwith, Maxine 1,298.00

Benson Co. Schoolmasters 250.00

Bob’s Sewing Center 264.00

Brier, Cathy 1,298.00

Carlson, Eilene 132.00

Country Counseling &

Consulting 2,016.00

Dakota TESL 205.00

De la Paz, Frank 298.50

DPI 72.00

DPI 560.00

EduTech 100.00

Greene, Jan 132.00

Greywater, Marty 298.50

Greywater, Marty 411.00

Hanson, Deb 211.00

Heart of America Medical

Center 1,303.95

Johnson, Sandy 81.41

Johnson, Sandy 74.79

Lake Chevrolet 463.39

Lawrence, Heather 186.00

Littlewind, Carmen 119.50

Longie, Chuck 7.50

Longie, Erich 261.00

Longie, Erich 411.00

Luis Cafe 65.00

Luis Cafe 32.25

Luis Cafe 30.00

Mertens, Joe 204.00

Montana Dakota Utilities 22.54

ND Lead Center 1,740.00

ND Telephone Co. 928.51

Northeast Education

Services 213.30

On the Go PE Workshop 99.00

Onebear, Michael 7.50

Paul’s Grocery 236.98

Ramkota Hotel-Bismarck 660.00

Somerville-Dion, Janet 1,580.00

Stevenson, Steve 84.75

Tate Topa Tribal School 5,185.25

Trottier, Wayne Jr. 248.50

Trottier, Wayne, Jr. 411.00

UTTC 350.00

Vilie, Linda 476.22

Xerox Corp 2,241.46

Yankton, Justin 248.50

SUBTOTAL 26,344.20

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Buffalo City Running Club $80.00

Bull, Lawrence 440.00

Bull, Lawrence 336.00

Bull, Lawrence 240.00

Bull, Lawrence 192.00

Cavalier HS 60.00

Double Z Broadcasting 125.00

Elfman, Mark 65.00

Expressway Inn Suites 74.95

Gerrells 37.49

Greywater, Nancy 50.00

Hanson, Don 26.00

I-Design 420.00

Joe & Bros Mow 4 Dough 835.00

Lakeview Dairy 117.80

LaMotte’s 42.36

Longie, Larris 350.00

Mertens, Danny 65.00

Mertens, Danny 65.00

Mertens, Danny 65.00

Mertens, Joe 80.00

Mertens, Joe 80.00

Mertens, Joe 80.00

Mertens, Joe 80.00

Mertens, John 65.00

Mertens, John 65.00

Mertens, Jordan 65.00

Mertens, Jordan 65.00

Mertens, Roger 65.00

Mertens, Roger 65.00

Mertens, Roger 65.00

Mertens, Travis 65.00

Minot Cross-Country 60.00

NDHSCA 200.00

NDIAAA 175.00

Nevco 40.03

Northwood High School 60.00

Paul’s Grocery 14.98

Pepsi Cola 442.40

Smith, Rick 240.00

Smith, Rick 194.98

Smith, Rick 240.00

Smith, Rick 720.00

Smith, Rick 21.00

Smith, Rick 106.28

Trottier, Wayne Jr. 186.00

Vandervordt, Jordan 65.00

Wallace, Terry 65.00

Yoder, Ryan 65.00

Yoder, Ryan 65.00

SUBTOTAL 7,487.27

TOTAL 33,831.47

PERSONNEL REPORT: Mr. Yankton made a motion to approve the hiring of Dean Dauphinais Jr. as assistant coach for football. Seconded by Mr. de la Paz. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT: Mr. Yankton made a motion to enter executive session per section 44-04-19.1-Negotiation Strategy in the ND Century Code. Seconded by Mr. de la Paz. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

The board entered into executive session at 1:37 p.m. The board returned from executive session at 2:05 p.m.

Discussion was held on the roof project, modular building, staff wellness and out-of-state travel.

Mr. Yankton made a motion to approve out-of-state travel for board members and administration to attend the Managing Emotions and Thriving Under Pressure for Administration Conference to be held in Bloomington, Minn. Oct. 14, 2008. Seconded by Mr. de la Paz. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT: Mr. Anderson stated that he was making a small change in the student handbook. The change is to use the word report instead of offense. He informed the board that the court has designated every third Thursday of the month for truant students. He also met with the senior class and they are asking for lunch to be open campus. He told them he would meet with the board to ask its permission. Mr. Anderson said that each senior has to earn this privilege and it will be available to them after the first quarter if the board approves it. He will have each student sign a rules and guidelines agreement if they want to use the open campus.

Mr. Yankton made a motion to approve an open campus for seniors with the guidelines set by the principal along with a signed agreement. Seconded by Mr. de la Paz. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

Mr. Yankton made a motion to adjourn. Seconded by Mr. de la Paz. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 2:26 p.m.

Stephanie Anderson

Clerk

Dr. Erich Longie

Board President


MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING

FORT TOTTEN SCHOOL DISTRICT

August 29, 2008

A special meeting of the board of Fort Totten School District No. 30 was held August 29, 2008 at 10 a.m. in the conference room at the White Adminstration Building. Present were Erich Longie, Marty Greywater and Justin Yankton.

Raymond Cavanaugh and Frank de la Paz were absent. Others present were Stephanie Anderson, Wayne Trottier Jr. and Charles "Chip" Anderson via speakerphone.

Dr. Longie, board president, called the meeting to order at 10 a.m.

APPROVAL OF 2008-2009 SCHOOL BUDGET: Ms. Anderson presented this year’s budget. She dispersed a handout showing last year’s budget and the actual amount spent. The board and administration discussed the 2008-09 budget. Mr. Greywater made a motion to approve the 2008-09 school budget.

Seconded by Mr. Yankton. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

DISCUSSION ON DAYCARE: Dr. Trottier stated that the school had a meeting with Spirit Lake Jobs Training Program on Thursday, August 14, 2008 regarding the daycare.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HIRE: Discussion was held on the two positions being filled. Mr. Greywater made a motion to hire Heather Lawrence as attendance officer and Christopher Dahlen as math instructor. Seconded by Mr. Yankton. Upon roll call vote, all vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

Discussion was held with Mr. Anderson regarding positions that still need to be filled.

Mr. Greywater made a motion to adjourn. Seconded by Mr. Yankton. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor and two were absent. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 10:20 a.m.

Stephanie Anderson

Clerk

Dr. Erich Longie

Board President


MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING

FORT TOTTEN SCHOOL DISTRICT

September 25, 2008

A special meeting of the board of Fort Totten School District No. 30 was held September, 25

2008 at 12 noon in the conference room at the White Administration Building. Present were Erich Longie, Justin Yankton, Marty Greywater via speakerphone and Frank de la Paz. Raymond Cavanaugh was absent. Others present were Stephanie Anderson and Jeff Olson.

Dr. Longie, board president, called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m.

APPROVAL OF ALTERNATIVE DIRECTOR’S CONTRACT-JEFF

OLSON: Mr. Olson is requesting family health insurance in addition to his 4% salary increase.

Discussion was held on an e-mail sent to board members regarding the superintendent’s recommendations. Dr. Trottier could not make it due to illness. Mr. Yankton stated minutes from July 21 and 22, 2006 showed that the board was no longer going to offer family health, dental and vision plans to employees except the superintendent and principal. Mr. de la Paz made a motion to deny Mr. Olson’s request for family health, dental, and vision insurance. Seconded by Mr. Yankton. Upon roll call vote, four were in favor and one was absent. The motion carried.

Mr. Greywater made a motion to adjourn. Seconded by Mr. Yankton. Upon roll clal vote, four were in favor and one was absent. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 12:23 p.m.

Stephanie Anderson

Clerk

Dr. Erich Longie

Board President


MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING

FORT TOTTEN SCHOOL DISTRICT

September 29, 2008

A special meeting of the board of Fort Totten School District No. 30 was held September 29,

2008 at 12 noon in the library at the Four Winds Community School. Present were Erich Longie, Marty Greywater, Justin Yankton and Frank de la Paz. Raymond Cavanaugh was absent. Others present were Stephanie Anderson, Wayne Trottie Jr., Rick Smith, Art Carmona, Curtis Walking Eagle, Paul Yankton, Mona Chaske, John Chaske, Lavonne Alberts, Eunice Davidson, Arlene de la Paz and Arlis de la Paz.

Dr. Longie, board president, called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m.

DISCUSSION ON ACTIVITIES BUS USAGE TO UND, GRAND

FORKS: Mr. Chaske explained that he asked why UND did not have a Spirit Lake Nation flag hanging in the Ralph Engelstad Arena. He further stated that UND was going to have an unveiling of tribal flags ceremony involving the Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Nations. Also, UND would be giving each nation 100 free hockey tickets. Mr. Chaske wanted to use the school’s charter bus to transport students to this event. He said UND originally was going to send each nation a charter bus but they cancelled them for some reason so that’s why he was asking the school for permission to use their charter bus. The board asked who gave UND permission to hang the flag and if the flag ceremony was in support of the Fighting Sioux logo. Mr. Chaske explained that he had free tickets and just wanted the students to use them. A letter was presented showing the tribal flags ceremony was in support of the UND Fighting Sioux logo. Dr. Longie expressed his experience with the racism he dealt with while he was a student at UND. That is why he is against the logo. Mrs. Arlene de la Paz also explained her experiences with the racism she dealt with at UND. The board believes this is a political issue and does not want to get the school involved.

Ms. Alberts stated there is prejudice wherever we go. Ms. Davidson said she has been to hockey games and UND does a wonderful job explaining the Fighting Sioux logo. Nobody has ridiculed her.

Mr. de la Paz said the some of the UND

administration has said they would do away with Indian programs if the logo is taken away. This is a political issue. They are trying to divide Indian Country. What do we do as a school? Do we set ourselves in this situation? Do we, as a school, want to take part in these politics?

Mr. Carmona and Mr. Chaske see it as free tickets and want to give the kids the opportunity to see a hockey game. Mr. Chase further stated that four of the Tribal Council were in support of the Fighting Sioux logo. Dr. Longie explained that he felt threatened by this remark. Mr. Justin Yankton said he didn’t think anything was wrong with the use of the charter bus and to think about the kids. It is a sporting event. Dr.

Longie explained that is exactly what he meant.

How many of our kids go on to college and become successful in sports and make a career out of sports? And why aren’t we using the bus to transport students to UND for academics such as science and math?

Mr. de la Paz made a motion to deny the use of the charter bus to UND for the unveiling of tribal flags ceremony. Seconded by Mr. Greywater.

Further discussion was held. Mr. Justin Yankton stated the minutes of July 28, 2008 show that the superintendent has the final say, so why did they even have a board meeting? He doesn’t want to meet every Monday regarding the charter bus. Upon roll call vote, three were in favor, Mr. Justin Yankton was opposed and one was absent. The motion carried.

Mr. Greywater made a motion to adjourn. Seconded by Mr. de la Paz. Upon roll call vote, four were in favor and one was absent. The motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.

Stephanie Anderson

Clerk

Dr. Erich Longie

Board President


OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS

OF THE BOARD OF

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BENSON COUNTY

NORTH DAKOTA

October 7, 2008

The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008 at 9 a.m. in the commissioner room of the Benson County Courthouse, Minnewaukan, ND. Commissioners present were Jason Lee, Dwain Brown, Curtis Hvinden, Lowell Haagenson and Michael N. Steffan.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Steffan.

The board reviewed a letter from the BIA dated Sept. 24, 2008 regarding the transfer of fee simple land to the US in trust for the benefit of the Spirit Lake Tribe.

The Benson County Water Board met to discuss signing a resolution for the Red River Basin Commission. Beckstrand stated the board reviewed the resolution and concluded it approves signing the resolution provided there is no money involved from Benson County. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Brown, to have the chairman sign the resolution. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Hvinden, to reappoint Robert Helland to the Benson County Housing Authority Board for a period of five years. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Lee, to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of Sept. 22, 2008 and the special meeting of Sept.

30, 2008. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Brown, to reappoint Jason Lee to the Area Low Income Council, Dwain Brown to the Dakota Prairie Community Action Agency Board, and Michael N.

Steffan to the Lake Region District Health Unit Board for a period of five years. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to have the chairman sign a permit for Jan’s Stall Mall of Leeds, ND to place an advertising sign near the Crossroads Service Station on the condition all state and federal regulations are followed. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

James P. Wang came to the meeting at 9:40 a.m.

The board reviewed the agenda and minutes for the Oct. 15, 2008 meeting of the Upper Sheyenne River Joint Water Resource Board.

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

Distribution to Entities $28,087.92

B&H Oil 9,451.12

Expressway Suites 58.95

Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 4,046.07

Farmers Union Oil-York 6,797.69

Farmers Union Oil 1,991.40

GCR Tire Center 1,393.60

Motorola 2,279.76

Nodak Electric Cooperative 34.62

Otter Tail Power Co. 113.61

Praxair Distribution Inc. 9.01

David Bohl 421.48

Darryl Biby 74.31

Farmers Union Oil-York 35.50

James Hvinden 474.77

Lyndon Olson 74.31

Moller’s Inc. 6,144.81

Pierce Co. Tribune 110.97

Benson Co. Farmers Press 35.75

Tim Finley 137.53

McClellan Township 49.54

Wanda Teigen 219.88

Social Welfare 605.00

State of ND Dept. of

Human Services 3,783.17

Social Welfare 963.75

Cass County Tr. 183.00

Clute’s Office Equipment 70.00

Conseco Health Ins. Co. 61.00

Crossroads 106.80

Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 146.70

Johnston Fargo Culvert Inc. 9,120.20

McQuoid’s Grocery 176.19

Maddock Mini Mart 150.00

Otter Tail Power Co. 388.04

Target Roofing 450.00

Visa 706.22

Aflac 735.52

Alltel 182.34

Chad’s Amoco 565.21

Information Technology

Dept. 434.92

ND Telephone Co. 577.39

Social Welfare 1,679.96

Ag Resources 65.00

Alltel 65.64

Esmond City 25.50

Clute’s Office Equipment 78.80

Gofer Sanitation 55.00

Jemstone Auto Glass 341.60

ND Telephone Co. 159.92

Praxair Distribution Inc. 166.00

Stones Mobile Radio, Inc. 50.00

Theco Inc. 70.46

Social Welfare 50.00

Benson Co. Highway Dept. 877.50

Dean Petska 50.00

James Wang 580.00

Nationwide Retirement

Services 20.00

Dave’s Body Shop 6,338.38

Minnewaukan City 99.95

Colonial 17.33

Dental Service Corp. of ND 3,173.90

Nationwide Retirement

Solution 879.00

ND Public Employees

Retirement 10,392.47

Protective Life Ins. Co. 129.28

Bremer Bank 89.25

Nodak Electric Co-op. 31.56

Barry Cox 76.50

Erling Karlsbraaten 69.30

Ralph Olson 95.40

Balco Uniform Co. Inc. 56.00

Burnie’s 109.34

Clute’s Office Equipment 318.14

Conseco Health Ins. Co. 61.00

Crossroads 88.02

Doublewood Inn 110.00

Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 52.50

Gaffaney’s of Minot 94.44

Gilbertson Funeral Home 410.00

Home of Economy 25.99

Hoiberg’s 46.00

Jo Dahlen 420.60

Jean Olson 38.70

JS Vending Inc. 99.53

Lake Lumber 6.40

Lyle Dodds 30.00

Matthew Bender & Co. Inc. 57.65

Lana Johnson 19.98

LR Law Enforcement

Center 4,393.92

Marketplace Motors 631.06

Marvin Holweger 3.77

Maddock Mini Mart 203.50

National Assn. of Counties 400.00

NDACO Resource Group 347.71

ND Public Employees

Retirement 19,935.12

ND State Radio

Communications 210.00

NDSU Extension Service 14,862.00

Office Depot 112.88

Pitney Bowes 166.56

Prairie Public 150.00

Benson Co. Farmers Press 1,079.92

Reliable Office Supplies 75.44

Steven Rohrer 99.00

Service Tire 58.62

ND State Radio

Communications 225.00

Target Roofing 176.00

Universal Services 51.00

Visa 918.85

Social Welfare 6,711.05

B&H Oil 17,266.79

Butler Machine 1,886.59

Lake Chevrolet 203.99

Clute’s Office Equipment 69.00

Maddock City 66.05

Minnewaukan City 39.50

Refuse Control Services 10.00

Farmers Union Oil-Mdk 3,052.98

Farmers Union Oil-York 1,514.33

Farmers Union Oil 4,784.76

GCR Tire Center 69.90

Home of Economy 269.79

Harlow Sanitation 15.00

Mac’s Inc. 199.68

McQuoid’s Grocery 10.58

Dakota Implement 211.62

Gus’s Auto Parts 37.91

ND Dept. of Transportation 680.74

Northern Plains Electric

Co-op. 50.00

Otter Tail Power Co. 29.78

Praxair Distribution Inc. 10.46

Benson Co. Farmers Press 20.00

Wanda Teigen 59.68

Brian Wentz 480.00

Chad’s Amoco 560.56

Claytus Mattern & HOA-AG 480.00

Kevin Fritel & FUO-York 462.00

Ken Higbee & FUO-York 421.48

Lawrence Mattern & HOA 480.00

Oxborne, Arlien & FUO-York 462.00

Pierce Co. Tribune 49.32

Benson Co. Farmers Press 71.50

Sunshine Spray Service 4,890.00

Michael Steffan 116.00

Curtis Hvinden 81.00

Jason Lee 63.80

Dwain Brown 85.40

Lowell Haagenson 74.60

Garrison Diversion Dist. 56.02

McQuoid’s Grocery 152.11

ND State Treasurer 5,661.38

Otter Tail Power Co. 438.37

SEPTEMBER 2008 NET PAYROLL

County Agent 953.79

Emergency Disaster 985.42

VSO 942.74

County Road 32,579.44

Social Services 26,952.16

County General 31,623.82

The board reviewed a statement of costs involved in purchasing radio communications equipment for the Rangen Hill Tower through Homeland Security.

The board reviewed the expenses of the Benson County Transportation Department for September 2008.

A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to approve the recommendations of the zoning board and grant the zoning variance requested by Central Power Electric Cooperative, Inc. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The board reviewed a list of property that was foreclosed on by the county for nonpayment of taxes. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Brown, to appraise the property as follows:

#43-0004-10175-000, $2,300.00;

#43-0004-10176-000, $860.00; #43-0004-10215-000, $1,820.00; #43-0007-10295-000, $260.00; #03-0002-00706-000, $80.00; #33-0000-08025-001, $420.00; #41-0001-09747, $5,660.00; $41-0001-09748-000, $470.00; #44-0003-10627-000, $2,100.00; #45-0001-11063-000, $860.00; #34-0000-08468, $130.00. All members voted yes.

The motion carried unanimously.

The board reviewed the proposed resolutions to levy debt to county for Esmond, Beaver, Rich Valley, Riggin and West Bay Townships. The board discussed the amounts owing by the respective townships and the amount each township receives from mill levy dollars. State’s Attorney Wang discussed the options the county has to regulate the amount of debt a township can have with the county. Wang advised the board to discuss the matter at the next township officers’ meeting.

Haagenson suggested having the townships which levy debt to county come to meet with the board to discuss the debt. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Hvinden, to levy debt to county for the townships mentioned unless the debt is paid prior to Oct. 20, 2008. All members voted yes. Motion carried unanimously.

The board discussed having an audit performed for the road department. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Hvinden, to have an audit performed on the road department. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The board reviewed a letter from the ND DOT dated Sept. 30, 2008 regarding the preliminary and construction engineering participation request on projects SC-0311(051), SC-0319(051) and SC-0328(066). A copy of this document was provided to the road department.

The board also reviewed a letter from the ND DOT dated Sept. 30, 2008 regarding the upcoming Local Road Coordinators’ Conference.

A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to allow Northern Plains Electric to list Benson County as a sponsor on the pre-disaster mitigation grant application. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The mileage/activity report from the sheriff’s department for the month of September 2008 was presented to the board.

The board reviewed the job applications received for the road superintendent position. Lee suggest to interview the top three applicants. Steffan suggested interviewing all five applicants. The board concluded to interview all five applicants at the next meeting on Oct. 21, 2008. The board discussed the salary to be paid for the position.

Dwain Brown left the meeting at 11:22 a.m.

The board discussed questions to be posed to the applicants for the road superintendent position.

The board concluded the person selected would need to reside in Benson County to hold the position. The board also discussed whether or not the county will provide a vehicle for the new superintendent. Lee suggested the superintendent not have personal use of the vehicle and vehicles would only be available for use during work hours. The board concluded to accept Lee’s suggestion. Equipment rental rates for employees were discussed.

The motion passed to adjourn at 11:49 a.m.

Bonnie Erickson

Benson County Auditor

Michael N. Steffan

Chairman


MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING

LEEDS SCHOOL BOARD

September 17, 2008

A special meeting of the Leeds Board of Education was held September 17, 2008 at 7:15 p.m. Present were President Randy Silliman and Linda Young.

Also present were Supt. Joel Braaten and Business Manager Kathy Benson.

Members met to review district organization of representational regions of the board and the vacant position.

A notice will be published for two weeks in the district’s official newspaper for applicants to fill the vacancy. Interested applicants must have filed by 4 p.m. on October 10, 2008. Board members will make the selection from the applicants and appoint at the next regular meeting to be held October 15, 2008.

Mr. Braaten presented statistics of the student population by region of residence and several options for dividing and combining regions.

Option 1 is to have one region north of US Highway 2, one south of US Highway 2 and one city representative and 2 at-large representatives.

Option 2 is for one city representative, combine regions 2 and 3 as one east region, region 4 and region 5 remain the same and one at-large representative.

Option 2 will be recommended to the board.

Kathryn L Benson

Business Manager


MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

LEEDS SCHOOL BOARD

September 17, 2008

A regular meeting of the Leeds Board of Education was held September 17, 2008 at 8 p.m. Members present were Young, Silliman, Larson and Leapaldt, Supt. Braaten, Principals Manley and Braaten and the business manager. Mark Swanson was absent.

Additions to the agenda: 6) Correspondence Thank you from Jane Brown, FCCLA.

The minutes of the previous meeting of August 13,

2008 were approved as written.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the

403(b) Plan Document as seconded reading with amendment to Attachment A – Approved Vendor List.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the

409(a) Plan Procedure following the second reading.

Mr. Braaten updated the board on the progress of the Deferred Maintenance Grant projects; lights for the football field, electricians are wiring in the computer lab and classrooms for projectors.

The board reviewed the district representation and reorganization options. It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the reorganize of the rural regions by combining regions 2

(Swanson) and 3 (Leapaldt) into one region, leave rural regions 4 (Larson) and 5(Silliman) and the city region 1 (Young) as is and create one representative at-large position and to authorize the district to hold a special election for approval of the reorganization by electors.

The board read a letter from Mark Swanson. It was moved, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Mark Swanson from the board.

Notice of vacancy will be published in the official paper. Selection and appointment of a representative for region 2, to complete the term, will be made at the next regular meeting.

The board read a thank you from Jane Brown for the opportunity to attend the National FCCLA conference.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the financial reports for August 2008 and approve all bills through September 17, 2008 for payment.

GENERAL FUND

Ace Industrial Supply, Inc. $102.85

American Math Competitions 77.00

Anderson, April 26.00

Anderson, Judy 214.50

Anne Carlsen Center

for Children 5,654.00

B&H Oil Co. 5,375.30

Benson Co. Farmers Press 518.41

Benson County

Schoolmasters 250.00

BMI Educational Services 276.44

Books To Go 474.15

Braaten, Joel 262.96

Braun, Susan 137.35

Bubblegum Press 63.85

Cambium Learning 114.67

Chad’s Amoco 701.65

City of Leeds 794.20

Clute Office Equipment 444.54

Computer Store 2,286.00

Crossroads Service 127.47

Cuisine at Home 24.00

Dacotah Paper Co. 1,204.32

Dakota Web Composers 60.00

DEMCO 53.50

DPI 140.00

Destination Imagination 390.00

Devils Lake C&F 1,033.36

Dick Blick Company 339.24

Digital Office Centre 88.90

Discnation 355.96

Farm House Cafe 66.00

Friendship House 155.60

Gale Group 200.00

Gerrells & Co. 144.00

Grand Forks Herald 100.89

Haagenson, Patricia 67.85

Harlow’s Bus Sales 3,261.16

Infobase Publishing 386.48

ITD 130.78

Jackson, Rick 375.00

Jacobson, Lucia 84.97

John R. Green 29.17

Johnson Clinic 110.00

Kinetic Leasing 27,257.00

L&H Plumbing & Heating 325.34

Lake Region State College 1,125.00

Lake Region Sheet Metal 569.15

Lake Region Special Ed 17,331.78

Learning A-Z 157.35

Foodservice Fund 462.50

Mac’s 25.40

Master Teacher, Inc.. 29.60

Mathcounts 160.00

McGraw-Hill 1,041.00

Midwest Leasing, Inc. 22,984.00

Moser, Larry 125.00

Moser, Sheila 89.04

NASCO 190.72

Nathan, Karyn 59.03

National School Products 312.72

NCTM 78.00

NDAHPERD 25.00

NDCEL 450.00

ND Telephone Co. 298.53

NDUC Group Account 283.04

News Bowl USA 299.00

NEA 222.50

Officemax 729.87

Otter Tail Power Co. 2,181.09

Paulson Supply 149.50

Pearson Education 51.77

Popplers Music 279.79

Postmaster 378.00

Praxair Dist. 20.15

Quill Corporation 1,100.81

Ramkota Hotel 75.00

Really Good Stuff 502.69

Region IV Speech, Music

& Drama 125.00

Renaissance Learning 3,508.70

Rolle, Gary 85.12

Rosen Publishing Group 155.65

S&S Worldwide 581.48

Scholastic Testing Service 82.52

Scholastic 998.31

School Specialty 3,802.62

Schoolmart 581.86

Sears 10.11

Seiler, Derrick 130.00

Smart Computing 29.00

Sportime 1,785.00

Success By Design 169.12

Super Duper 99.95

Supreme School Supply 101.97

Swanson, Matthew 130.00

Taste of Home 12.98

Teacher Created Resources 184.84

Time For Kids 349.18

Top Seat Supply, Ltd. 239.94

Tracy’s Market 130.44

Triarco 105.97

Twete, Inc.. 1,070.40

United Art & Education 452.51

Upstart 43.90

Voldal Electric 538.00

World Book Encyclopedia 39.90

Fort Totten State Historic Site 28.00

Wal-Mart 20.63

BUILDING FUND

Scholastic Equipment Co.. $1,060.81

High school principal’s report: homecoming, MAP testing, Living History day in Fort Totten, field trip to New Rockford for the steam threshers show, career fair for the seniors on Tuesday, FCCLA district meeting on Wednesday, District FFA leadership in Rugby on September 30, ASVAB testing on October 1.

Elementary principal’s report: DIBELS testing for K-6, MAP testing, new student in kindergarten, implementing "word of the week," ND state assessment tests October 20-November 7, elementary girls’ basketball season has begun, Mrs. Kavli will be covering 5th and 6th grade art, aides’ schedules and student test scores.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the first reading of the job description for teacher’s aide.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the first reading of the job description for secretary.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve Matthew Swanson as girls’ track coach.

The board reviewed the Grievance Procedure Policy. Mr. Braaten will contact the ND School Boards Association for more information. The issue will be tabled until the next regular meeting.

Mr. Braaten reported on the recent NESC meeting.

With the resignation of Mark Swanson, a representative is needed for the governing board.

Gay Leapaldt volunteered to represent the Leeds School District.

Superintendent’s report: junior high girls’

basketball coach opening, FRED grant for Smartboards ?, State Homeland Security grant funds for upgrading bus radios to digital and the ND Fire Marshal inspection on September 16.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 15, 2008 at 8 p.m.

The meeting adjourned.

Kathryn L Benson

Business Manager

Randy Silliman

President


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

PRELIMINARY AND CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING SERVICES The Benson County Commission is requesting proposals for preliminary and construction engineering services for 15.5 miles of Sealcoat for Federal Aid Projects SC-0328(066)and SC-0319(061). The projects begin 2.5 miles east of Maddock thence 7.5 miles east, 3 miles south and 5 miles east to their ending point.

Please provide the following information:

A. Firm’s Capability:

Resume of key personnel.

In-house engineering expertise and/or need for outside consultants (civil, electrical, mechanical, testing, etc.).

Firm’s previous experience with North Dakota State and Federal Highway Administration projects and guidelines.

Survey expertise, both data collection and construction staking.

B. Record and Performance:

Submit brochure of firm if available.

Submit references of four clients and/or individuals with proposal, one shall be a financial reference.

Resume of construction review personnel with brief description of review procedure (Number of persons, full-time, part-time, etc.).

C. General Information:

Ownership, verify if minority owned.

Familiarity and proximity in regard to geographic location.

Each firm will be judged on a basis of values as shown above.

One or more firms may be selected for the interview position of the selection process by the Benson County Commissioners.

Those firms not selected will be advised in writing.

The Preliminary and Construction Engineering fees shall be negotiated with the successful firm. If the fee cannot be agreed upon, the County reserves the right to negotiate with the second and third choice. All cost incurred by a firm submitting a proposal shall be borne by that firm.

The County Commissioners reserve the right to reject any and/or all proposals.

Proposals will be accepted until 2 p.m. on November 14, 2008 at the office of the Benson County Auditor.

Please submit proposal to:

Engineering Services

c/o Bonnie S. Erickson

Benson County Auditor

PO Box 206

Minnewaukan, ND 58351-0206

Dated this 24th day of October 2008

Bonnie Erickson

Benson County Auditor

(Publish Oct. 29 & Nov. 5, 2008)


MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

KNOX CITY COUNCIL

October 17, 2008

A regular meeting of the Knox City Council was held Friday, October 17, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Knox Fire Hall. Present were Mayor Lloyd Marchus, Aldermen Sharon Hart and J.P. Robbins and City Auditor Pat Robbins.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Marchus.

The minutes of the last meeting were read.

Alderman Robbins moved to approve the minutes.

Alderman Hart seconded. Motion carried.

The financial reports were presented. Alderman Hart moved to approve the financial reports.

Alderman Robbins seconded. Motion carried.

September bills approved are as follows:

Waste Management $300.12

Otter Tail Power Co. 127.22

Lloyd Marchus 138.54

J.P. Robbins 96.96

Sharon Hart 96.96

Pat Robbins 69.26

Postmaster 49.00

Discussion was held on a letter regarding the ND building code. It was decided to leave this alone as the city is not included in adopting or enforcing state building codes.

The council decided the streets need gravel and maintenance here and there. Three or four loads will be needed. Mayor Marchus will contact the gravel supplier.

There was discussion on a new county atlas for the city and the council requested that the city auditor order the same.

The council also requested that the city auditor contact Margaret Voeller as to a blader that she has at her farm. The city council would be interested in buying it for use on the streets.

The council decided to hold its meetings on the second Friday of each month through the winter to see how this works, as it would be more convenient for paying bills.

The next meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Knox Fire Hall.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned on motion by Alderman Hart and seconded by Alderman Robbins.

Pat Robbins

City Auditor


PUBLIC NOTICE

The Superintendent of the Fort Totten Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior has made a final agency determination that the United States will acquire the following 2 tracts:

(1) Legal Land Description: Lot 4 of Section 24,

T.152 N., R.64 W., 5th Principal Meridian, Benson County, North Dakota, containing 2.51 acres more or less, and

(2) Legal Land Description: S1/2SE1/4 of Section 29; W1/2NE1/4, E1/2NW1/4, E1/2SE1/4 and

NE1/4NE1/4 of Section 32; W1/2SW1/4 of Section 33, all in T.153 N., R.65 W.; Lot 3 of Section 6,

T.152 N., R.65 W., 5th Principal Meridian, Benson County, North Dakota, containing 485.25 acres more or less.

All of which are located within an approved land consolidation area on the Spirit Lake Reservation in the name of the United States for the benefit of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe.

Title to the land acquired is being taken in trust for the tribe pursuant to Public Law 97-459, 96 Stat. 2515 (January 12, 1983). The United States shall acquire title no sooner than thirty days after this notice is published.

This notice is published in accordance with Title

25 Code of Federal Regulations section 151.12(b) (1997).

Publication: (10/29/2008)


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