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December 14, 2017 Golden Valley News Page 3 Golden Valley County Commission BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS November 7, 2017 9:00 A.M. N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Chairman Troy Tescher called the meeting to order. Commissioners Don- ald Maus and Dennis Dietz along with States Attorney, Christina Wenko was present. Commissioner Dietz made a motion to accept the agenda as and Commis- sioner Maus seconded. Motion carried. Commissioner Maus made a motion to approve the October regular and Oc- tober special meeting minutes and Commissioner Tescher seconded. Mo- tion carried. Commissioner Dietz made a motion to approve the Prepaid and current vouchers for payment and Commis- sioner Maus seconded. Motion carried. Current business brought before the Board: Chairman Tescher signed 2 County Deeds to deed the ownership back to the owners of property that was taken back for delinquent taxes that have now been paid up. Commissioner Tescher made a motion to amend the County Road and Bridge budget by $50,000 due to a bridge replacement project (Van Dale Road), utility relocation, and engineer- ing and Commissioner Maus seconded. Motion carried. Commissioner Dietz made a mo- tion to transfer $75,000 from County Poor fund to Social Welfare fund per budgets and Commissioner Tescher seconded. Motion carried. Chairman Tescher signed a letter of support for the City of Beach to apply for a ND DOT Transportation Alternative Grant. Commissioner Dietz made a mo- tion to accept Kent Shaw's letter of res- ignation and Commissioner Maus seconded. Motion carried. Commissioner Maus made a mo- tion to sign a Right-Of-Way Easement with Goldenwest Electric Coop and Commissioner Tescher seconded. Mo- tion carried. Chairman Tescher signed the An- nual Maintenance Certification for the NDDOT. Discussion was held on the CE Brooks Roadless Billing/Quiet Title Ac- tion lawsuit. Commissioner Dietz made a motion to pay $131.97 of the current bill of $1707.54 as that is the amount left in the budget for this lawsuit for 2017 and Commissioner Maus sec- onded. Motion carried. States Attorney Wenko will draft a letter to CE Brooks explaining that the County has met the $6000 budgeted for the lawsuit for 2017 has been met and that the County will budget $3000 for 2018. Discussion was held on the Buffalo Gap Economic Development Loan through the ND Department of c0m- rnerce. States Attorney Wenko visited with Mark and Ceil Golberg about the overdue payment and it was expressed that the overdue payment was due to fi- nancial difficulties. The Board agreed to let Buffalo Gap pay the payment that is overdue in 3 installments in the amount of $2628.85 per payment. States Attorney Wenko will contact Buf- falo Gap and set up the arrangements. States Attorney Wenko gave the Board an update on work she is doing for Golden Valley County. Discussion was held on snow re- moval for the County buildings and parking lots. Commissioner Maus made a motion to offer the snow re- moval job to Kirby Maus at $15 per hour using the County's equipment and Commissioner Tescher seconded. Mo- tion carried. Commissioner Dietz will visit with Kirby Maus. Commissioner Tescher made a motion to adopt the following resolution: RESOLUTION NO. 2017 - 16 A RESOLUTION OF THE GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY COMMISSION AMENDING GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY EMPLOYEE MANUAL WHEREAS, the County has an em- ployee handbook that addresses em- ployees' sick leave benefits; and WHEREAS, the Commission recog- nizes the need to update the employee handbook to address amendments and clarifications; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RE- SOLVED, by the County Commission that the Golden Valley County Em- ployee Handbook be amended as fol- lows: SICK LEAVE All non-elected salaried employees shall accumulate one (1) day, and reg- ul'ar full-time employees shall accumu- late eight (8) hours per month for sick leave. There will be maximum accu- mulation of forty-five (45) days for salaried or three hundred sixty (360) hours for regular full-time employees for sick leave. The foregoing leave, when granted, can be used for physical or mental ill- ness as defined in the North Dakota Century Code. The employee may be requested to provide proof of said ill- ness by the Department Head or the County Auditor. Up to three (10) days or eighty (80) hours of sick leave per year may be used in the event of sickness in the im- mediate family. Immediate family in- cludes spouse, children, or parents. An employee may "trade" three (3) sick leave days (or 24 hours) in return for one (1) vacation day (or 8 hours) if such a "trade" will not cause the em- ployee to fall below a total of fifteen (15) accrued sick leave days of 120 accrued sick leave hours. An employee may donate their ac- cumulated sick leave to another em- ployee, as long as their accumulated sick leave does not go below one hun- dred twenty (120) hours. Upon retirement, or termination of employment other than by disciplinary action, the employee may be paid for a maximum of fifteen (15) days or one hundred twenty (120) hours of pay at the employee's regular salary. Discipli- nary action of involuntary termination will result in forfeiture of all rights to sick leave compensation. Dated: November 7, 2017. GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY COM- MISSION Troy Tescher, Chairman ATTEST: Tamra Sperry County Auditor and Commissioner Dietz seconded. Motion carried. Commissioner Tescher made a motion to pay for the Code Red serv- ices for 2018 at $2500 and Commis- sioner Maus seconded. Motion carried. Various road topics were discussed. Sheriff Scott Steele met with the Board. Commissioner Maus made a motion to allow the Sheriff's office to have a $50 c&sh box in the department for out of pocket expenses that the de- partment may incur for prisoners at es- tablishments that the County does not have a charge account and Commis- sioner Dietz seconded. Motion carried. Discussion was also held on the deputies accrued vacation time. Com- missioner Tescher made a motion to allow Sheriff Steele to hire a part time deputy as an exception to the current Resolution No. 2015-13 Hiring Freeze Policy to help cover shifts so the deputies can utilize their vacation time earned and Commissioner Dietz sec- onded. Motion carried. Tax Director Henry Gerving met with the Board. Commissioner Dietz made a motion to approve a tax abatement for a Homestead Credit for 2015 and 2016 taxes and to not approve an abatement request for Clarence Finneman on a farm home exemption on a tract in SE %, Sec 12-140-106 due to missing the application deadlines and Commis- sioner Tescher seconded. Motion car- ried. Veteran Service Officer Henry Gerv- ing informed the Board that he was re- elected as the ND County and Tribal Veteran Service Officer Association president for another 2 years. 911 Coordinator Henry Gerving in- formed the Board the power and gas have not been installed into the new communications shelter on Sentinel Butte Hill. Joe Failer with ND Cares met with the Board. Discussion was held on the benefits of the County to join the ND Cares coalition in supporting Service Members, Veterans, Families, and Sur- vivors. The Board agreed to sign the Resolution of Support for the ND Cares. Rick Bostayn met with the Board to discuss replacing a bridge in the Lone Tree Township with a culvert in 2018. Commissioner Tescher made a motion that the County will supply the culvert for this project and Commissioner Maus seconded. Motion carried. Discussion was also held on weed banding. Road Foreman Pete Wirtzfeld met with the Board. Discussion was held on the vacancy in the Road Department. It was agreed that the County will hold off for now and address the situation in January 2018 in regards'to advertising and hiring for thevacancy. Various road 'topics were dlscus~s~fY~ ~ '~ ......... ~ '~ " Road Foreman Pete Wirtzfeld and Engineers Andrew Krebs with KLJ and Jeremy Wood with Northern Plains En- gineering met with the Board. Anderw Krebs discussed with the Board the Beaver Creek Bridge replacement. The bid opening for the project has been moved to April 2018. Jeremy Wood discussed with the Board the hydrology studies he did for the County in regards to a couple of bridges that need to be replaced with culverts in Beach Civil Township and Lone Tree Township. Chairman Tescher declared the meeting adjourned at 2:27 P.M. (December 14) Thinking About Heal th By Gordon Hopkins Rural Health News Service Please support your local merchants! Golden Valley County Commission BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS NOVEMBER 21, 2017 1:00 P.M. Chairman Troy Tescher called the meeting to order. Commissioners Don Maus and Dennis Dietz along with Tim and Tom Marman, Mark Lund, Ann Swanson, Kristi Johnson, Henry Gerv- ing, Deputy Sheriff, Dey Muckle and States Attorney, Christina Wenko were present for the annual sale of real es- tate forfeited to Golden Valley County for delinquent taxes. The County advised that it was not warranting title to any of these proper- ties and the buyer was put on notice they were purchasing the property under that premise. The following properties were sold: Lots 6-6 1/2-7 of Block 2 267 1st St SW Nears's 1st to the City of Beach sold to Mark Lund for $2,000 and Lot 13 of Block 5 485 1st Ave SE Hunter's 4th to the City of Beach sold to Tim Marman for $2,750. The property of Lots 13-14 of Block 156 2nd Ave NE Hunter's 1 st to the City of Beach did not have a bid. The prop- erty will still be available for purchase with the minimum bid set at $1,553.23. Any bids can be submitted in writing to the County Auditor. Commissioner Dietz made a motion to adjourn and Commissioner Maus seconded. Motion carried. Chairman Tescher declared the ,meeting ad- journed at 1:30 P.M. (December 14) Chri nity "We must divide the children of Adam into two classes; the first be- long to the kingdom of God, the sec- ond to the kingdom of the world," Martin Luther observed in his trea- tise on secular authority. With this declaration, Luther was a forerunner to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson who won the battle for separation of church and state in Virginia in the 1780s, setting the precedent for the nation as a whole. Even though Madison and Jeffer- son were representing evangelical Baptists who were trying to spread their gospel in an autocratic Anglican state, many of today's evangelicals no longer support separation of church and state. In fact, they keep trying to breach the wall at every turn. To translate Luther's observation into modem America, we have Chris- tians who are in both kingdoms - the church and the public square. When America was founded, the kingdom of God was quite large. In fact, there was no public square be- cause it was also the kingdom of earth with the Puritan hierarchy run- Open enrollment for the Afford- able Care Act (aka: Obamacare) ends on Friday, Dec. 15, of this year. Pre- viously, open enrollment lasted until the end of January, so the enrollment period for this year has been cut hall But if you miss the December deadline, you may still qualify to en- roll. For example, you are eligible if you have lost your healthcare cover- age. If you lost your job and your employer-sponsored healthcare plan, or you are recently divorced or legally separated or your spouse has died and you are no longer covered under your spouse's insurance plan, you will usually have 60 days from the date of that loss to sign up. Other life-changing events may also qualify you to enroll after the original deadline: getting married, moving, having a child, adopting a child or placing a child in foster care. 'According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, only 5 percent of uninsured persons know when the enrollment period ends, so it seems quite likely that many of those who need to sign up with ACA for the first ning both kingdoms in one town hall meeting. As soon as other denominations and ideologies appeared, the public square had to become larger and its participants more tolerant with the addition of every new theology and belief. Nevertheless, America became a Protestant country because the voice of Protestants dominated the public square. Then the Irish Catholics came and their presence required a place with the Protestants in the public square. The outcome of this confrontation was predicted by history. Dominant religions have always found it diffi- cult to welcome new believers so vi- olence and discrimination greeted newcomers who needed space in the public square. But the Catholics per- sisted and were eventually accom- modated in our melting pot. A good example of accommoda- in li tion occurred in a Benson County The public square of the Puritans country schoolin the 1920s when the is no longer the public square of Lutheran teacher told the students: today. Nevertheless, those who pro- "We won't be able to do our Sunday fess to be in today's kingdom of God School lessons on Fridays anymore continue to act as though they were because a Catholic pupil will be com- still in the days of the Puritans when ing to school." they could enact laws to legalize their Through the decades, the size of religious beliefs. the public square increased as reli- Well, those days are over. Those gious, social, political and economic of us who think we are in the king- diversity grew. And each time it dom of God need to reassess our ap- grew, those in the square were forced proach to serving society in the to reduce the size of their claim in the public square while remaining fol- square, lowers of Christ. So far, all we have Even though we consider our- done is polarize society, bring disre- selves a tolerant people today, the ar- pute to the Gospel, and demonstrate a rival of Moslem immigrants is high degreeofhypocrisy. resulting in discrimination and fear As the public square squeezes out because they practice a unique reli- the Christian values we profess, we gion, dress differently and are, well, need to back off the public square different. So many Icoday refuse to and look to churches to assume a give them space in the public square, greater responsibility for Christian So we are engaging in the same values. And then individual Chris- tactics against the Moslems as we tians need to accept greater personal used against Catholics, as well as responsibility for their own faith and African-Americans, Native Ameri- demeanor. cans, Asians, and Hispanics. We can no longer depend on the Painfully, the public square keeps government or the public square to growing, but not without bloodshed, maintain the Christian faith. Nor fear and hate. should we expect it. time will miss the official deadline. The Trump administration au- If that happens to you, don't as- thorized insurers to sell bronze plans sume you are out of luck. While the in 2018 that pick up less of the over- special enrollment period is usually all healthcare cost because of lower 60 days, you should contact Health- premiums but higher out-of-pocket or the Marketplace Call costs. Center at 1-800-318-2596 to make Also, despite the name, do not as- certain, as well as to ensure that you sume that all gold plans are more ex- qualify, pensive than the silver plans. The Dec. 15 deadline is also im- Some insurance carriers have portant for those already on one of pulled out of the ACA exchanges al- the ACApolicies. If peopledo noth- together. Many enrollees have re- ing, they will be automatically re-en- ceived notice that their 2017 policies rolled in their current plan if it is still will no longer be available in 2018. offered. However, many of those Someone whose plan has been dis- plans have been changed, and pre- continued will be automatically en- miums may be higher. Once the Dec. rolled in a similar plan but premiums deadline has passed, enrollees will may have increased, and cew~red ~not be able to make changes, so they services may not be the same. Soitis need to be sure they are on the policy important for enrollees to verify the that best meets their needs. There are new policy is the one they want. some new, alternative plans, and As a result of insurance carriers some may actually be less expen- leaving the exchanges, many coun- sire. ties are now left with only one insur- Annual Christmas Bird Count set for Dec. 16 MEDORA - Theodore Roosevelt National Park invites birding enthu- siasts of all abilities to participate in the nationwide Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 16. The event is free. The annual Audubon event, now in its ll8th year, is the world's longest running citizen science event. Data collected during the count is used to track trends and the general health of bird populations and is used to inform management decisions and scientific studies. Volunteer birders wishing to par- ticipate should meet at the South Unit Visitor Center at 8 a.m. Before going out into the field, participants will be assigned to teams which will survey areas by driving and walking to record bird sightings. Participants ar- The deadline for submitted copy and stories and all ad orders is ance option. In Nebraska and Iowa, the Minnesota based health insurer, Medica Health, is now the only in- surance provider available on the ACA exchange. In Missouri, 25 counties were at risk of having no carrier at all, until Centene an- nounced earlier this year that it would fill the gap left by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. This lack of insurance providers willing to participate in Obamacare has a disproportionate impact on rural areas. Currently, there are 454 counties across the country where there will be only one ACA insurer available in 2018, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Of those counties, 86 percent have fewer than 50,000 residents according to current census data. (Gordon Hopkins is a native oJ Nebraska and a graduate oJ Creighton University. He is a mem- ber of the Associatioti &'Certified Fraud Examiners and has worked as a professional insurance investiga- tor. He now writes an award-win- ning column for The Fairbury Journal-News, Fairbury, Neb.) noon on Fridays Call 872-3755 or e-mail goldenandbillings HOW TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS We welcome letters to the editor concerning issues of area interest or regarding stories and editorials that have been published. Letters should be limited to 400 words. Guest columns or opinion-editorials longer in length are also welcome. A writer can have only one letter or column regarding the same subject published in a 30-day time period, unless the writer is responding to a new aspect of an issue that has been raised. Letters and columns are a way to encourage public discussion. Thank-you letters and invitations cannot be published as letters to the editor, but can be formatted as advertisements. Please include your name, address and phone number on your letter or column so that we can contact you. Your address and phone number will not be published. Golden Valley News/Billings County Pioneer, P.O. Box 156, Beach, N.D. 58621; riving later in the day should stop by The area covered by the count en- the visitor center for guidance and compasses a 7 mile radius around maps. Medora. This will be the 40th year "You don't have to be an expert to for the Medora Area Count. Over 65 take part in the Christmas Bird different species have been sighted Count," said Chief of Interpretation during these counts, including many Eileen Andes. "Beginners can team that can only be found in the area up with more experienced birders to during the winter. learn birding basics and everyone can Birders should bring binoculars try to add to their life lists. Birding is and field guides and should dress ap- a great outdoor family activity that propriately for the weather. Hot people of all ages can enjoy for a life- drinks will be offered at the visitor time." center. Put Your Money Where Your Nouse Is~ 5t,7'ness~s alp ~ S~,r;,m~:~;ty r,r best va~u~ ~!;O OU' pcono'r?~ Yes, Virginia, gift subscriptions to the Golden Valley News are available this _iLim#ea season, andatanytimeoftheyear! tim iT r' Plus, from now until Jan. 5, 2018, if you wish we'll' $,b$c.ript.ion send the recipient of your gift a greeting card .prico$!. announcing your year-long gift. The subscription will start approximately two weeks from the date of purchase. - ,r To order, clip and send the form below, or simply attach a note with the recipient's address, along with your check, to Golden Valley News, EO. Box 156, Beach, ND, 58621-0156. 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