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6 Golden Valley News & Billings County Pioneer Thursday, July 13, 2006 Billings County Board Of Commissioners Regular Meeting - June 6, 2006 Chairman James Arthaud called the meeting to order at 10:00 A.M. Commissioners Mike Kasian and Joseph L. Kessel were present. Also present during portions of the meeting were Deputy Auditor Connie Kadrmas, Sheriff Dave Jurgens, Deputy Sheriff/ Risk Manager Pat Rummel, Deputy Sheriff Jason Kastrow, Tax Director/ Zoning Inspector lynn Arthaud, Deputy Tax Director Dana Suomala, Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council Project Director Shirley Bentrup, KLJ Engineer Jeremy Wood, Beach Park Board representative Robin Jandt, Billings County School District Manager Darlene Mitchell, Billings County School Board Member Dean Rodne, Irene Wolf, Veteran's Service Officer Roy Basaraba, and Roger Volesky. Deputy Sheriff/Risk Manager ,Pat Rummel presented the board with a list of designated medical provid- ers, those being Great Plains Clinic, Medcenter One, and The Dickinson Clinic. Kessel moved to approve the list. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. Pat explained to the board that timely reporting of incidents is necessary to avoid fines The Association of Counties wants to know whether the county will fund such fines, if they occur, from the county general fund or from the individual departmen- tal budgets. After discussion, it was decided that any tines would be paid out of the general fund. Pat also informed the board that the North Dakota Association of Counties would be doing training with the department heads and employees in late June. Sheriff Dave Jurgens introduced the new Deputy Sheriff, Jason Kastrow. Other topics of discussion were the alcohol grant and the pro- posed schedule of placing the radar trailer within the county. Tax Director/Zoning Inspector Lynn Arthaud informed the board that the 'County. Highway Department Construction in County Right-of Way' Permits had been mailed to, all the oil/pipeline companies bonded by the state of North Dakota. Chairman James Arthaud explained that before the companies can put any roads on right of ways, they are required to get approval from the commission and .then meet with the district foreman to make sure that the placement of the approaches are not in areas that could affect the safety of oncoming traffic. Lynn requested that the board adopt a straight across the board $25 fee for all the permits. Kessel moved toapprove this request. Kasian sec- ,~- ended. All voted aye. The board received requests from West Plains Electric Cooperative to place, construct and thereafter main- tain a utility line on county road right- of-way in the following locations: Section 17, Township 138, Range 101 Section 27, Township 139, Range 102 - Along Plumely Draw Road After review, Kessel moved to approve both permits. Kasian sec- onded. All voted aye. The board received an application for a pipeline permit from Bear Paw Energy, LLC to construct a pipeline that would bore Wannagon Creek Road, to transport natural gas from BN 14-19H Whiting well located in Billings County in the SW1/4SW1/4 of Section 19, Township 142, Range 102 into Bear Paw Energy's existing gath- ering system in Golden Valley County in El/2 Section 22, .Township 142, Range 103. Kessel moved to approve the application. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. The board reviewed a 'Construction in County Right-of-Way' ped'mit from Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Onshore LP to construct an !approach and access road to O'Brien well 41-17H located Section 17, Township 144, Range 100. The approaches and access road locations are.NEI/4NWl/4 of Section 8, Township 144, Range 100; and SE1/4SW1/4 of, Section 17, Township 144, Range 100. Kessel moved to approve the permit. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. Shirley Bentrup, CUster Roosevelt Regional Council Project Director met with the 6oard and presented a con- tract for professional services for the SW Water Low Income Hookup appli- cation. The board will have the State's Attorney review it. Kasian moved to sponsor the SWA Pipeline Hookup application, to appoint Chairman Arthaud tO sign.on behalf of Billings County, and to enter into a multi-coun- ty jurisdictional agreement with Stark and Golden Valley Counties. Kessel seconded. All voted aye. The board received a letter from . 'Dickinson Area Public Library Director Cheryl Tollefson concerning the 2006 loss of the State Aid tO Libraries that had been budgeted for. The library did not receive this funding due to an Attorney General's interpretation law. Le isla~ion of the in Janu"~gt'`dry 2007 will be intro- to reword the duced Give the gift of hometown news. Subscriptions only $31 a year in county. Call 872-3755 law according to the recommenda- tions by the State Attorney General. Cheryl requested that the ,commission consider allowing the library to use $4,716.00 of the excess funds in the library fund, which would allow them to continue theprogram at the current level. The exce~s in the fund has built up over the past years due to revenue receipts being rliore than budgeted for, and therefore Was not spent. Kessel moved to approve the request. Kasian seconded. All vbted aye. Billings C( durgens reque.' sion pre-approv Auditor Connie Director Lynn Tax Director D~ that will be w on election nig unty Auditor Joan ;ted that the commis- .= comp time for Deputy Kadrmas, Technology Arthaud, and Deputy na Suomala for hours )rked past 5:00 P.M. ht, June 13th. Kessel moved to approve the comp hours. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. The Board reviewed a Transfer of Unused Sick Leave Vei'ification form received from the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System. When a new employee is transferring from another entity, and has accumulated sick leave from their former place of employment, PERS is inquiring whether Billings County will accept or reject the transfer of those hours to Billings County. In accordance with the current policy, Billings County will not accept the transfer of unused sick leave accumulated at a previous place of employment. The board was informed that the following board terms would expire June 30, 2006, and that each member had been dontacted and was willing to be reappointed to another term: Tony Kessel - Weed Board - 4 year term Darlene Mitchell - REAP Board - 2 year term Peggy Myers - Social Service Board ~- 3 year term Gwen Egly - Social Service Board - 3 year term Kessel moved to approve all the reappointments. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. KLJ Engineer Jeremy Wood informed the board that a precon- struction meeting for the Seal Coat and. Bituminous Overlay project is. scheduled for June 7th at 4 P.M and construction is expected to start late June or early July. Construction has started on the courthouse park- ing lot with 3rd district employees completing the subgrade preparation and Roger Volesky doing the concrete work. Drainage will be directed to the storm sewer on the south side of the courthouse Remnants of a water well were found under the parking lot, but it wasn't leaking The project should be done within two weeks. Jeremy then updated the commissioners on the progress of the TR Oilfield Road proj- ect. The survey is complete and they are waiting on temporary easements from the State Land Department. Erosion control has not been put up for the Wilhelmi Road and KG Road gradir)g projects yet, but different forms of erosion control are being dis- cussed to determine what would work the best for each location. 11:45 A.M to 1:00 P.M. the board recessed. Robin Jandt appeared On behalf of the Beach Park Board concerning the Youth Baseball Program. There are some Billings County kids playing on the team, and Robin requested the county's help with travel expenses to the i'egular season games and the there is a 5.1% increase in agricul- tural land valuations this year. Irene Wolf inquired as to how the raises in taxes are determined Lynn explained that it's based on the mill levy, and the market value of property is deter- mined by comparable sales and other variables. Kessel moved to approve the 2006 valuations Kasian second- ed. All voted aye. With there being no further questions or comments, Kessel moved to close the meeting of the County Board of Equalization at 2:30 P.M. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. Kessel moved to reconvene as the Board of County Commissioners at 2:30 P.M. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. Veteran's Service Officer Roy Basaraba was present to discuss the Veteran's Monument in Medora. Roy presented specs for the concrete work, and after that is done, the monu- ment company can come and set the monument. Roger Volesky, who. is doing the concrete work on the court- house parking lot, was asked to come in and go over the plans. Roger will do the concrete work for the monument also. Roy informed the board that he is considering retiring as the Veteran's Service Officer at the end of June He will see the setting of the monu- ment through, and will be trying to find someone that can continue in the Veteran's Sewice Officer position. The possibility of doing some remodeling work in the courthouse was discussed. A plan to make the Auditor's Offices and Tax Director's Offices into one area in an effort to be able to utilize the space more efficiently and to make it more acces- sible to the public is one objective Enlarging the commissioner meeting room to accommodate public seating and a filing system for each commis- sioner is another objective. The board will discuss this further after obtaining some ideas from contractors. Chairman Arthaud informed the board that the Heritage Alliance of North Dakota, (H.A.N.D.), is request- ing $500 from each grazing associa- tion and each county. Kessel moved to approve the request. Kasian sec- onded. All voted aye. Discussion of the Salary Matnx and annual vacation carry-over ensued The board requested that Roger Kruger with Great Plains Benefits be invited to come to the July meeting to meet with the commissioners and employees. The board is .consider- ing adopting a matrix form of salary adjustments, but have not made a final decision. The board discussed the cost of living wage increase for the 2007 Prairie Rose'Tournaments. After con-- budget year. After discussion, Kessel ferring with State's Attorney Brovold, Kasian moved to approve $500 for this request Arthaud seconded. All voted aye. Auditor Joan Jurgens presented the board with a listing of interest rate quotes on the last three CD's that matured and were renewed. Billings County School District Manager Darlene Mitchell and School Board.~ember Dean Rodne appeared before ~the board to further discuss the division of the Land Utilization funds. It is their understanding that the division of the funding is decided a year ahead of receiving the funds, and that the $350,000.00 the board agreed to give the school at the May meeting would be what the school would receive from the Land Utilization payment Billings County receives in 2007. Chairman. Arthaud explained that jt is the boards understanding that the division of the funds is based on the Land Utilization funds received by the county in the county's current fiscal year. No further action was taken. The Auditor presented the board with the Stark/Billings County Extension Service Quarterly report. Of particular interest was a class that had been presented to Stark County employees on professional develop- ment. Chairman Arthaud asked that the Auditor check into bringing such a program to Billings County employ- ees. With the County Board of Equalization scheduled for 2:00 P.M Kessel moved to temporar- ily adjourn as the Board of County Commissioners Kasian seconded. All voted aye. 2:00 P.M. Kessel moved to con- vene as the Billings County Board Of Equalization. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. Billings County Tax Director Lynn Arthaud and Deputy Tax Director Dana Suomala were present to explain that moved to take 4% of the highest salary and divide that by 1820 hours and give that hourly increase to all the employees, and any requests for salary adjustments over and above the approved cost of living increase will be heard on a case by case basis at the proper budgeting time. Kasian seconded. All voted aye.' .Auditor Jurgens requested that the board approve transferring $20,218.67 from the Special County Regulatory Fund to the Road and Bridge Fund, and $2,784,710.99 from the Land Utilization Fund to the Road and Bridge Fund. Kessel moved to approve the request. Kasian second- ed. All voted aye. The following claims were approved for payment: Adv. Bus. Machines 267.00 Alternative Sanitiation 141.00 Andreas, Gee. & Rose8147.33 Arrow K Farms 14,915 80 Arthaud, Jim 1393.72 Artl~aud, Lynn 413.00 ATCO International 281.00 Atlas Windshild Rep.280.00 Badlands Diesel Serv. 2601.80 Bares, Virginia 128.00 Billings Co: .Rural Fire Dist. 237,88 Billings Co. Historical S0c. 140.94 Billings Co. Historical Soc. 7000.00 Billings Co. Pioneer216.58 Billings Co. School Dist. 205,944.12 Billings Co. Sheriff 85.86 Beach Park Board 500 00 Beall Corp. 258.62 Belfield Auto Supply 1068.55 Blue Cross Blue Shield 1232.40 Brock White Co. LLC308.06 Brooks, CE & Assoc.949.82 Burnie's 1490 88 California Contraotors Sup. 80.70 Cass Co. Treasurer 384.00 Cellular Comm. 429.74 Coca-Cola Bottling Co.112.88 Comfort Inn-Bismarck 384 00 An ei piece Blues Band at the Rainbow Club Music starts at 9pm Wibaux MT 406-796-8913 Comfort Inn-Dickinson50.00 Comfort Suites-Bismarck 45.00 D & D Sprinkler Systems 145.40 Dakota Filter Sup. 169.33 Dakota Ins. 568 00 Dan's Interstate Conoco 932.35 Datamaxx Applied Tech. 148.40 Decker, Tyson 75.00 DF Lighting Co. 195.86 Diamond Trk. & Equip 53.70 Dickinson Press 43.80 Dickinson Public Library 4029.60 Dicikinson Public Library 4716.00 Dickinson Tire 1063.89 Discovery Benefits 1773.34 Double Inn - Bismarck 100.00 DRS Enterprises 24.95 Ehresman, Kerry 436.50 Electric Comm. 345.00 Farmers Union Oil Co. 8749.68 Four Seasons Trophies 5.90 Gall's 142.97 George's Tire Shop 182.00 Golden Valley Co. 4964.74 Great Plains Directory Serv. 161.00 Green Leaf Innnovations 6740 00 Ground Control Sys. 99.00 Haag, Evelyn 82.08 HAND 500.00 Heinert Enterprises 1332.99 Helsper, Dave 45.00 Hlebechuk Const. 2094 00 Holiday Inn-Minot 50.00 Institute of Local Gov. 136.00 Johnston Fargo Culvert ~ 5857.44 Jurgens, Dave 32.50 Jurgens, Joan 51.20 Just-In-Glass 36.00 Kadrmas, Lee, & JacksQn 16,130.40 Kadrmas, Connie 149.76 Kasian, Mike 158.84 Kessel Joeseph L. 238.26 Lake Country Stitches 91.00 Letvin Equip Co. 905.28 I indbo Welding Sales & Serv. 225.00 Lyle Signs 77.46 Maintenance Mgt. 519.17 Malkowski Trucking 4132.00 Midstate Tele. Co. 1138.22 Midstate Tele. Co. 28.00 Midstate Comm. 40.44 Missouri Valley Petro. 15,116.88 Meyers, Norma 115.10 NCRAAO 200.00 ND Assoc. of Counties 2066.96 ND Post 6oard 90.00 NDPERS 16,852.22 ND State Treasurer 3073.62 ND TTT Center 50 00 "ND Assoc. Co. Superintendents40.00 Nelson International 366.14 Newby's Ace Hrd. 91 26 Newman Signs 850 85 J Northern Improvem.ent Co. 608.74 Northwest Tire 15,628.74 O'Brien, Birdie & Mony Boltz 276 00 O'Brien Welding Odermann, Leona OK Tire Stores Howard Olstad Const. Oyhus Land Co. PCSinet Pioneer Products Dan Porter Motors Praxair Professional Printing Stan Puklich Cheyrolet Pump Systems Qwest Ramkota Hotel ~ RDO Equipment Co. Rodne, Rebecca Rudy's Lock & Key Rummel Auto Wrecking Rummel, Patrick Runnings Supply Southwest Bus. Machines Scheels Schmidt Repair Share Corp. Snyder Repair & Service Stark Co. Sheriff's Dept. Steffan Feeds Stein's Suomala, Dana SW Multi-Co Correction Ctr. 905.00 233.73 116 20 1507.67 9493.70 10,619.34 394.95 271.85 6.04 120.06 52.00 26,577.11 743.86 59.68 100.00 151.71 80.00 1344.00 15.75 208.70 554.11 5"42.32 74.99 657.31 150.66 24.00 25.00 20.00 577.98 200.66 SW Water Authority 588 78 SW Wireless 54 98 Taylor Nursery 170.40 Tczap, John 15.00 Texas Refinery Corp. 217.40 Thompson, Joyce 22.80 Tom's Service Center 996.50 Tractor & Equip. Co. 424.46 United Building Ctr. 68.08 Verizon Wireless 89.72 Vesey, Emily 611.34 Vogel Law Firm 3455 50 WaI-Mart 583.99 Wanner Western Wear 275.95 West Dakota Oil 116.52 West Plains Elect. Coop. West Plains Imp Co. Westem Fire & Safety ND Dept. of Transp. ND Dept. of Transp. Grand International Office Depot AIItel AFLAC Billings Co. School Dist. Conseco Health Ins. Great Plains Nat. Bank Info. Tech. Dept. Lavelle, Hallie NDPERS NDPERS ND Teachers Fund Prudential Annuity Service Qwest Reservation Tele. Reservation Tele Visa Adams, Cheryl Armbrust, Joseph A. Arthaud, Jim Baranko, Orest T Baranko, Phyllis Downing, Karen Ewoniuk, Shelly Fritz, Darlene Gordon, Donald R. Hande, Margie Hewson, Robert Jensen, Douglas Malkowski, Kathleen Muggli, Jane Myers, Jane Oyhus, Marilyn Redmond, Glenda Rodne, Debbie Tczap, John Thompson, Joyce Winter, Dorothy 1375.00 110 88 420 71 2 00 1915 20 , 51.~00 838.52 396.45 591.58 2400.00 24.90 ~}0,861.34 372.00 293 73 2208.00 8620.39 165.26 50.00 388.81 40.00 9.27 549.49 169.44 183.36 20.00 46.60 183 36 187.92 44.70 191.32 151:60 145.28 186.96 116.00 184.88 132.00 163.92 150.20 185.24 144.16 20.00 216 80 "137.52 The board approved the following payroll for May: General $47,141.06; Road and Bridge $44,846 74; Weed $1,617.88 The board approved the following revenue vouchers: Zoning Inspector $10 Building Permits and $25 Pipeline. Permits; Clerk of Court $260.00 County Fees and $3052.00 State Fees; County Recorder $7082.00 May Collections. Receipts for materials and/or servic- es rendered in May: Edwin Cerkoney $352.80 scoria; Ted Tescher $298.00 scoria & trucking; Joeseph L Kessel $45.00 scoria; Dana Suomala $13.50 Office Depot purchase; Dale Evoniuk $96.00 used culvert; Greg Reinke $9.68 maps; Grant County $43.95 AutoMark ink cartridges; Dusty Richard $110 29 Weed Spraying Chemicals; Sheila Marie $27.60 dental insurance premium, .Connie Kadrmas $50.00 copies; Ralph Froelich $10.00 gas. May revenues: Highway Distribution $7,484.81; Interest $7,203.88; Oil & Gas Production Tax $380,691.60; Oil & Gas, Royalties $58,924.57; Grant Funds $17,372:49; North Dakota Department of Insurance $3,250.00 reimbursement of Sentinel Butte .Tower Repair. 4:45 P.M. Kessel moved to adjourn. Kasian seconded. All voted aye. James Arthaud, Chairman Attest: Joan Jurgens, Auditor July 13, 2006 By Sharon Kickertz Gerbig, Extension Agent With cantaloupe, experts say, it's all in the nose of the behold- er. And now is a good time to put your sniffer to the test. First, check these selection hints: Ripe cantaloupes have a sweet, musky aroma. Watch out for 'any melons with an over- ly strong odor - they could be overripe. Avoid melons with soft spots, bruises or punctures. Don't worry if there's a "bleached" side to the melon, as that is where the melon rests on the ground. The melon should feet heavy for its size. The blossom end slaould yield gently to pressure from your thumb. The stem end should have no stem remaining and should have a smooth depression known as a full slip. Under-ripe melons do not pull cleanly from the vine and leave a depression with a rough edge. Cantaloupes should have a prominent, evenly, distributed corky "netting" texture on their skin. Depending on the differ- ent varieties, you will see either a buff or light tan netting with a green, yellow or gray back- ground. Cantaloupe that is picked before fully ripened won't become any sweeter afterwards. Unlike other melons, cantaloupes don't have a reserve of starch that can be converted to sugars after being picked. Harvested melons will become softer and juicier with time, especially if they are stored at room temperature. Nutrition benefits from can- taloupes are big. A half-cup of cubed cantaloupe - or a little more than one-eighth of a medi- um-sized melon provides 135 micrograms of vitamin A, nearly : 30 milligrams of vitamin C more than 200 milligrams o'f potassium - all for 27 calories. You can't "ask for a much more nutrient-dense food than canta- loupe. Be careful when serving fresh melons. Be sure to rinse the rind thoroughly just before cutting into the melon. After all, the fruit does grow along the ground and a particle of dirt could carry bacteria. BIBLE CHURCH July 13th &. 14th, 2006 Thursday and Friday . eozLr 7:00 pm c/ff=gg Located Beach Gazebo Park Beach, ND Call for information (406) 377-4922 O