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Page 4 'Golden Valley News December 28, 2017 Notice GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY CHANGE OF MEETING DATE NOTICE The January 2018 monthly regular meeting for Golden Valley County will be Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 9 A.M. in the Commissioner's Room at the Golden Valley County Courthouse. (December 21 and 28) Notice 2018 Zoning Meeting Schedule The regular meetings of the Billings County Planning & Zoning Commission are held on the third Thursday of the month, unless otherwise stated. Meet- ings are held in the Commissioner's room of the Billings County Courthouse at 1:00 p.m. If you would like to be placed on the agenda for a rneeting, you will need to submit an application to the county zoning department. Due to our advertising requirements, the deadline for your zoning application will be 3 weeks prior to the meeting date. If no items are brought forth for the agenda, the meeting will be can- celled. Dates and times are subject to change. Please see the zoning website a t http://www.billingscountynd.gov/Billings CountyZoning.htm for the most current schedule and applications. Meeting dates are as follows: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Thursday, February 15, 2018 Thursday, March 15, 2018 Thursday, April 19, 2018 Thursday, May 17, 2018 Thursday, June 21,2018 Thursday, July 19, 2018 Thursday, August 23, 2018 Thursday, September 20, 2018 Thursday, October 18, 2018 Thursday, November 15, 2018 Thursday, December 20, 2018 Dated at Medora this 15th day of December, 2017. Stacey Swanson Zoning Director (December 21 and 28) Notice The City of Medora January regular monthly Council Meeting has been moved to Thursday, January 4 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Roosevelt Room of the Medora Com- munity Center. (December 21 and 28) Notice APPLICATION NOTICE Pursuant to Section 2(b) of Execu- tive Order 11988, the City of Beach, through the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Division of Community Services, gives notice that the City of Beach has applied for Community De- velopment Block Grant funding for the city's sewer improvement project. Proposed work items include re- placing the east end sewer trunk line and repair manholes that are deterio- rated. 'It has been determined that the proj- ect is located within the 100-year flood- plain established in the Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Maps and other project in- formation are available for review at City Hall in Beach, ND. The project in- tends to avoid the floodplain wherever possible. However, where the flood- plain cannot be avoided, impacts will be mitigated. All interested parties are invited to submit their comments no later than Fri- day, January 12, 2018, to the Beach City Auditor at Box 278, Beach, ND 58621, or by phone at 701-872-4103. (December 28) Hearing Notice NOTICE OF HEARING N.D. INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OIL AND GAS DIVISION The North Dakota Industrial Com- mission will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the N.D. Oil & Gas Division, 1000 East Calgary Ave Bismarck, N. D. At the hearing the Commission will receive testimony and exhibits. Persons with any interest in the cases listed below, take notice. PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: If at the hearing you need special facili- ties or assistance, contact the Oil and Gas Division at 701-328-8038 by Fri- day, January 05, 2018. STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA TO: Case No. 26359: Application of NP Re- sources, LLC for an order amending the applicable orders for the Cooks Peak- Bakken Pool to authorize up to four hor- izontal wells be drilled in the existing 1280-acre spacing unit comprised of Sections 25 and 36, T.143N R.104W Golden Valley County, ND, and to move such spacing unit from Zone I to Zone II; and such other relief as is appropri- ate. Signed by, Doug Burgum, Governor Chairman, NDIC (December 28) Hearing Notice NOTICE OF HEARING N.D. INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OIL AND GAS DIVISION The North Dakota Industrial Com- mission will hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the N.D. Oil & Gas Division, 1000 East Calgary Ave Bismarck, N. D. At the hearing the Commission will receive testimony and exhibits. Persons with any interest in the cases listed below, take notice. PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: If at the hearing you need special facili- ties or assistance, contact the Oil and Gas Division at 701-328-8038 by Thurs- day, January 04, 2018. STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA TO: Case No. 26169: (Continued)Tempo- rary spacing to develop an oil and/or gas pool discovered by the Legacy Re- serves Operating LP #1 Gearey Hori- zontal well (File No. 12227), SWNE Section 22, T.137N R.106W Golden Valley County, ND, define the field lim- its, and enact such special field rules as may be necessary. Signed by, Doug Burgum, Governor Chairman, NDIC (December 28) Hearing Notice NOTICE OF HEARING N.D. INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OIL AND GAS DIVISION The North Dakota Industrial Com- mission wilt hold a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the N.D. Oil & Gas Division, 1000 East Calgary Ave Bismarck, N. D. At the hearing the Commission will receive testimony and exhibits. Persons with any interest in the cases listed below, take notice. PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: if at the hearing you need special facili- ties or assistance, contact the Oil and Gas Division at 701-328-8038 by Fri- day, January 05, 2018. STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA TO: Case No. 26343: Application of NP Re- sources, LLC for an order amending the applicable orders for the Four Eyes- Bakken Pool to authorize up to four hor- izontal wells be drilled in the existing 1280-acre spacing units comprised of Sections 8 and 9; and 17 and 18, T.143N R.100W.; and to establish a new 1280-acre spacing unit authorizing up to four horizontal wells consisting of Sections 6 and 7, T.143N R.100W Billings County, ND; and such other re- lief as is appropriate. Case No. 26345: Application of NP Resources, LLC for an order amending the applicable orders for the TreeTop- Bakken Pool to authorize up to four hor- izontal wells be drilled on the existing 1280-acre spacing units comprised of Sections 2 and 11, T.141 N R. 100W.; and Sections 16 and 21, T.142N R.100W.; to dissolve two existing lay- down 1280-acre spacing units com- prised of Sections 14 and 15; and Sections 22 and 23, T.142N R.100W.; and to establish two standup 1280-acre spacing units authorizing up to four hor- izontal wells per unit consisting of Sec- tions 15 and 22, and Sections 28 and 33, T.142N R.100W Billings County, ND; and such other relief as is appro- priate. Case No. 26356: Application of NP Resources, LLC for an order amending the applicable orders for the Ash Coulee-Bakken Pool to authorize up to four horizontal wells be drilled in the ex- isting 1280-acre spacing unit comprised of Sections 19 and 20, T.142N R.101W Billings County, ND, and to move such spacing unit from Zone IV to Zone Vl; and such other relief as is ap- propriate. Case No. 26358: Application of NP Resources, LLC for an order amending the applicable orders for the Big Stick- Bakken Pool to authorize up to four hor- izontal wells be drilled in each of four existing 1280-acre spacing units com- prised of Sections 11 and 14; Sections 15 and 22; Sections 23 and 26, T.142N R.101W.; and Sections 5 and 6, T.142N R.100W Billings County, ND; and such other relief as is appro- priate. Case No. 26360: Application of NP Resources, LLC for an order amending the applicable orders for the DeMores- Bakken Pool to authorize up to four hor- izontal wells be drilled in the existing 1280-acre spacing unit comprised of Sections 32 and 33, T.142N R.101W Billings County, ND, and to move such spacing unit from Zone V to Zone VII; and such other relief as is appropriate. Case No. 26361: Application of NP Resources, LLC for an order amending the applicable orders for the St. Demetrius-Bakken Pool to authorize up to four horizontal wells be drilled in the existing 1280-acre spacing unit com- prised of Section 36, T. 142N R. 100W. and Section 31, T.142N R.99W Billings County, ND, and such other re- lief as is appropriate. Signed by, Doug Burgum, Governor Chairman, NDIC (December 28) Notice Statement of Nondiscrimination Roughrider Electric Cooperative Inc is a recipient of federal assistance from the U.S. Department for Agricul- ture (USDA). In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agri- culture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discrimi- nating based on race, color, national ori- gin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital sta- tus, family/parental status, income de- rived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any pro- gram or activity conducted or funded by the USDA (not all bases apply to all pro- grams). Remedies and complaint filing dead- lines vary by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g braille, large print audiotape, American Sign Lan- guage, etc.) should contact the respon- sible agency or USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Addi- tionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD- 3027, found online at www.ascr.gov/complaint filing cust, ht ml (link is external) and at any USDA of- fice or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the infor- mation requested in the form. To re- quest a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your complaint form or letter to USDA by: 1). Mail: U.S. Department of Agricul- ture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportu- nity provider. (December 28) Notice MEDORA PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION Official Proceedings on December 19, 2017 (Subject to board review and approval) Meeting was called to order at 6:03 p.m. by Kinley Slauter. Present were Aaron Axvig, Doug Ellison, and Jim Bridger. Ben Brannum was absent. Slauter reminded the Council of the Commission decision made in April, 2017 that absent members can join a meeting by phone only when deemed an emergency by the Commission. Brannum had notified the City Auditor that he was going to be absent. It was the consensus that there was no need to have him phone in since there was a quorum present. Minutes from the No- vember 21 meeting were reviewed. Steffen added that there was a name error. Bridger made the motion to ap- prove the minutes with correction of the name error. Second by Ellison. Motion passed unanimously. Application No. 17-44, a proposal from TRMF at 275 Broadway for a bronze plaque to be added at new Theodore Roosevelt statue base, was reviewed. The bronze plaque would in- clude a TR quote, sculptor name, dedi- cation date, donor names. It would be flat on the sidewalk right in front of the statue. Ellison made the motion to ap- prove No. 17-44. Second by Bridger. Motion passed unanimously. Slauter added that threaded studs would be drilled into the concrete. Under Misc. Business, a zoning vio- lation regarding Application No. 16-45 was reviewed. Norbert Sickler's appli- cation to add onto his privacy fence was approved by the Zoning Commission on 12-20-16. The approved application was for an addition that would be the same as the existing fence. The con- structed fence differs from what was ap- proved. Slauter opened the floor to Sickler for statements: This started with his request to ex- tend his picnic shelter Comments were made that a 6' high fence would hide neighbor's trailer He was told by Slauter that if neigh- bor applied to build a fence, he'd also be approved It's not safe to have a 6' fence all the way to the property line He almost saw an accident happen in the area, and he doesn't want a law- suit if there's an accident because of his fence He feels there have been many controversial requests approved He feels ordinance needs to be added with well-written fence require- ments so it's clear for future applicants. Slauter replied that quoting him is misrepresentation. Regarding the con- nection of the picnic shelter and fence, there was no "this means that" and one application was never contingent on the other. The purpose of this discussion is to talk about what was applied for, ap- proved, and then built. The process is to use the permit application to build something. Sickler had agreed to the terms of the application. Any applica- tion can be built as approved, come back to Commission for further consid- eration, or just don~t build it. Something different was built than what was ap- proved without ever coming back to the Commission. The process is for the Commission to determine if there is a violation and then make a recommen- dation to the City Council. Sickler would like a new a new ordi- nance drawn up. He didn't build the en- tire fence 6~ in height for safety concerns. If it is found to be a violation he feels it should fall under the new or- dinance. Ellison added that Sickler did understand the approval was for a 6' fence and he consciously chose to build it shorter. Changing the ordinance is a separate issue. In the past if there's been violations, entities have been fined. There is a violation, and the question is if Commission should offer a period to rectify before taking to Coun- cil. Bridger added that the Commission had acted on an ordinance that was in effect, so Sickler needs to adhere to what was approved. Axvig also agreed that this is a violation. After further discussion, Slauter re- ferred to the violation ordinance. Elli- son recommends a rectification date of May 15 and a fine of $250-$500. Sick- ler added that he'll also have costs to redo the fence. It was the consensus of the Commission that a $250 fine is appropriate for this violation. Bridger made the motion to recom- mend to the City Council a $250 fine and a deadline of May 15, 2018 to bring the entire fence to 6' in height or a May 15, 2018 deadline to remove the entire fence addition, for not adhering to the original approved Application No. 16-45 and City Ordinance. Second by Ellison. Motion passed unanimously. This rec- ommendation will be added to the Jan- uary 4, 2018 Council Agenda. Slauter added that Sickler makes a good point that our ordinances don't ad- dress fences very clearly. Ellison agreed and that it would be worth get- ting attorney and law enforcement input. Steffen will check into "model or- dinances" for fences. There being no other business, Axvig moved to adjourn. Without ob- jection, meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m. ATTEST: Kinley Slauter, President A-I-rEST: Carla Steffen, City Auditor (December 28) City of Medora Awender should have the same oppor- tunity. Tczap stated the house is a CITY OF MEDORA rental property and the renter does not Minutes of Special Meetingpick out the colors. It was the consen- sus of the Council to move forward with December21, 2017 the estimates Tczap had presented. Subject to Council Review andSlauter added that his personal hous- Approval ing situation is similar and when renters want to customize something, it should Meeting was called to order by be done and paid for by the tenant. Mayor Comeil at 10:00 a.m. Present Steffen presented a budget amend- were Council Members Denis Joyce, ment for the Flex PACE loan interest John Tczap, and Kinley Slauter. Ben buydown. Slauter made the motion to Brannum was p~sent via telephone, amend 100-4100-490 by $43,000. Sec- City Engineer, Mike Njos, was present ond by Joyce. Motion passed unani- with Apex Engineer, Mike Berg. City At- mously. torney, Sandy Kuntz, was present via The Council reviewed the year-end telephone, financials. Slauter made the motion to The first item of business was to approve the financials and year-end designate a polling place for the June vouchers as presented. Second by 12, 2018 election. Tczap made the mo- tion to designate the courtroom inside Joyce. Motion passed unanimously. the Billings County Courthouse as the 2831 DAKOTA PUMP & CONTROL, Inc. 760.00 polling place for the June 12, 2018 city 2832 MID-AMERICAN election. Second by Joyce. Motion RESEARCH CHEMICAL 5501.32 passed unanimously. 2833 ONE CALL CONCEPTS 8.00 Njos reported that the trip to Beulah 2834 THEODORE ROOSEVELT to learn about their aeration pond was MEDORA FDTN 18500.00 helpful. The system seemed simple and low maintenance. Berg and Njos 2835 Wally Owen 1246.55 2836 WASTE MANANG EM ENT112.11 explained how the aeration pond would 16220 AT&T Mobility 464.74 work. Cells 1 & 2 would be used, and 16221 BELFIELD AUTO cells 3 & 4 would no longer be neces- SUPPLY, INC 62.35 sary. Clean water would be kept in cells 16222 BRETT OSTERMAN 35.99 3 & 4 or there could be other options for 16223 BUFFALO those ponds. Tczap doesn't think those GAP INC. THE 120.00 ponds should be eliminated so the City 16224 CORDOVA would still have more holding capacity CONSTRUCTION 14605.00 if there would be another boom down the road. Corneil agrees but wants clar- 16225 FARMERS UNION 4439.24 16226 HIGHLANDS ENGINEERING ification that the Council is not inter- ested in relocating all 4 ponds. It would & SURVEYING, PLLC 14978.75 16227 ITD 44.95 free up all that land and it is the only po- 16228 JAMESTOWN tential land available for growth. If COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 907.00 there's any possibility of doing anything 16229 Legal Edge different, it should be decided now. Njos called the Forest Service about the Solutions, PLLC 2100.00 possibility of land on top of the butte for 16230 LINDBO WELDING SALES & SERVICE 100.00 the ponds, but putting cells up there would not be allowed under their current 16231 MFOA 30.00 16232 POSTMASTER 416.00 plan. Tczap added that other options 16233 Russel Lapp 40.00 had been looked at before. Joyce rec- ommends going with option #1 that 16234 Bank of North Dakota42,096.50 Njos had presented earlier. Steffen Prepays: questioned if the $1.5 to $1.75 million- 2830 ROUGHRIDER ELECTRIC COOP, INC 505.00 dollar estimate is accurate for budget- 16207 ROUGHRIDER ing. Berg explained the process Apex ELECTRIC COOP, INC 1640.20 would gothrough engineering the aera- There being no other business, tion pond. There should be no unex- Brannum motioned to adjourn. With no pected costs by the time dirt work objection, meeting was adjourned at begins. Njos added it is better to spend money up front to narrow down the vari- 1:24 p.m. Attest: ables. Tczap questioned if 2 engineer- Todd Corneil, Mayor ing firms are necessary to work on this Attest: project. Berg would be the wastewater Carla Steffen, City Auditor expert, but Njos's local knowledge is an efficiency. Corneil would like a formal (December 28) workshop with TRMF in mid-January to discuss future planning and how large Billings County School the aeration pond should be. After fur- ther discussion of cost, Slauter stated Board he wants to see the project move for- ward, but is reluctant to make a motion BILLINGS COUNTY SCHOOL without exact costs. Njos can provide DISTRICT #1 a more line item estimate. Tczap also Minutes of Regular Meeting feels more comfortable with that. Njos December 11, 2017 will have a ,better breakdown of costs UNOFFICIAL MINUTES for the January 4 meeting. Clarence '(Subject to review and revision Sitter questioned how mid-summer con- by the board) struction will affect summer flow. Njos replied that they have been talking about the situation and they are think- ing of phasing. The City may have to rent floating aerators. Corneil called for a 5-minute recess at 11:40. Meeting reconvened at 11:45. Ordinance 04-2017, Transient Mer- chants, was presented for a 1st Read- ing. Various sections were reviewed with Kuntz and changes were made. The fee is currently $25/day but Home Rule Charter gives authority to the City to set the fee. Slauter made the motion to increase the Transient Merchant fee to $100/day. Second by Brannum. Mo- tion passed unanimously. This amount will be moved into the annual fee schedule. Kuntz will develop a new ap- plication form consistent with the 1st Reading of Ordinance 04-2017. Slauter made the motion to approve the 1st Reading of Ordinance 04-2017 reflect- ing the changes made by Council. Sec- ond by Joyce. Discussion-Chuck Andrus addressed the Council regard- ing a few more changes that he felt should be included. Those changes will also be reflected in the revised Ordi- nance. Motion passed unanimously. Article 6 of Ordinance 04-2017 re- garding Outside Display of Merchan- dise was reviewed. Slauter questioned if Registration with City Auditor/Release and Indemnification are really neces- sary stating it is more important that lan- guage be added that displays "may not be on public walkways". Joyce stated it is important that a Release/Indemnifi- cation form be filed with the City Auditor. Slauter made the motion to reflect changes in 8.0601 that no registration and no release/indemnification will be necessary; displays "may not be on public walkways" will be added. Sec- ond by Brannum. Slauter, aye; Bran- num, aye; Tczap, aye; Joyce, opposed. Motion carries. The loan documents for the TRMF Flex PACE loan were signed last week. The City share increased by $1506.50 since the October 3, 2017 meeting when the interest buydown was ap- proved by Council. Steffen stated she needs to know if new amount is ap- proved before cutting the check. TRMF CFO, Clarence Sitter, explained that the original schedule wasn't totally finalized in October and he explained the reason for the increase. Tczap doesn't feel this increase would have changed the Council's decision to approve. Joyce made the motion to revise the payment reflecting the $1506.50 increase. Sec- ond by Tczap. Slauter will abstain as a TRMF employee because of the finan- cial nature. Joyce, aye; Tczap, aye; Brannum, aye; Slauter, abstain. Motion carries. Tczap presented estimates to re- place carpet and paint at the law en- forcement city house. The same carpet and paint are available that was put in the other city house in 2016 at small cost increases. Tczap referred to the city lease regarding the renter's re- sponsibility to decorate and furnish the leased premise at their own expense. Joyce added the renter would pay if an accent color was wanted and they would pay to switch it back upon mov- ing out. Lapp stated that he was al- lowed to pick carpet and paint colors when the house was built and he feels The regular'monthly meeting of the Billings County School Board was called to order at 4:00 p.m. MT, Monday, December 11, 2017, at the DeMores School in Medora. Present were mem- bers Lynn Arthaud, Joey Kessel, Stacey Kessel, Mike Klatt, and Julie Reis. Also present for all or part of the meeting were Principal Shae Peplinski, Assistant Principal Danielle O'Brien, Business Manager Tammy Simnioniw, Mainte- nance Shawn Thomas, James Wosepka, Marjorie' Jensen, Jan Kuchera, Bill Kessel, and Kevin Kessel. Stacey Kessel moved, Joey Kessel seconded, to approve the consent agenda, which included the Minutes from the November 14 regular meeting and the December 4 special meeting, and the addition of three items to the agenda. All in favor. James Wosepka reported to the board that he had completed the audit for the school district for fiscal year 2017 ending June 30, 2017. All was sat- isfactory. Klatt moved, Reis seconded, to approve the audit report for the pe- riod ending June 30, 2017. Roll call vote with all in favor. Fuel oil bids were opened by , Arthaud. Creative Energy submitted a bid of $2.35 per gallon of #2 fuel oil and Missouri Valley Petroleum submitted a bid of $2.8597 for #2 dyed fuel oil. Stacey Kessel declared a conflict of in- terest. Joey Kessel moved, Klatt sec- onded, to recognize the conflict and to allow Stacey Kessel to participate in discussion and voting. Roll call vote with all in favor. Klatt moved, Reis sec- onded, to award the fuel oil bid to Cre- ative Energy at the bid price of $2.35 per gallon. Roll call vote with all in favor. Shawn Thomas provided a written and verbal report on maintenance is- sues which included a list of items that need to be addressed. Arthaud requested that job descrip- tions of all staff be reviewed to update to address ADA and Veteran's preference protocol. She also recommended mov- ing supervision of custodial staff to Shawn Thomas and moving supervi- sion of Thomas directly under the board. Reis moved, Joey Kessel sec- onded, to approve moving supervision of custodial staff for both schools to Thomas. Roll call vote with all in favor. Arthaud moved to transfer supervision of Shawn Thomas to the school board. The motion failed for lack of a second. Thomas asked the board if they would provide compensation for the added re- sponsibility of supervision by allowing him to drive the school pickup to and from home. Reis moved, Arthaud sec- onded, to approve. Roll call vote with Reis and Arthaud in favor and Joey Kessel, Stacey Kessel, and Klatt op- posed. Motion failed. Arthaud asked for volunteers for a committee to update the job descriptions. Stacey Kessel and Reis volunteered. Arthaud reported that she had re- ceived the completed Principal evalua- tions from the board members and was in the process of compiling. She will compile the results and have the evalu- ation filed by December 15. She re- ported that initial review indicates a good evaluation. Peplinski and O'Brien reported on upcoming events. Peplinski informed the board that the DeMores Student Council held a fundraising event at the school over Cowboy Christmas and had a good turnout. She also reported that DeMores School was awarded third place for the Medora Christmas deco- rating contest. Recognition was given to Jessie merger who worked hard on the decorating. O'Brien stated that the school website needs to be ADA com- pliant by January 31, 2018, and that it is near completion to convert. She stated that due to ADA compliant regu- lations, the website will need to be very basic. O'Brien reported that after the Prairie public input meeting held De- cember 4, surveys turned in thus far were 1 neutral with pro and con com- ments, 4 against and 13 in favor of the project. Peplinski and O'Brien reported that all teacher evaluations that need to be completed by December 15 are completed. Arthaud and Joey Kessel reported on the discussion and tentative terms agreed to when they met with the South Heart School District transportation committee on November 29. No action will be taken until both school board committees have had a chance to get input from their respective boards. The Billings County School Board members were in consensus that the initial terms were agreeable to them. Action will be taken once specific terms are outlined. Meetings with Belfield Public School board transportation committee mem- bers will be scheduled in January. Bill and Kevin Kessel raised questions and provided comments regarding bus transportation. Reis moved, Stacey Kessel sec- onded, to approve the second reading to adopt Accessibility Policy ABDA. Roll call vote with all in favor. Simnioniw reported that she will at- tend a WDEA Education Committee meeting in Williston on December 15. Administrators from schools in oil pro- ducing counties will meet with legisla- tors to discuss potential oil and gas distribution proposals planned for next legislative session and the impact to school revenues. The board reviewed information from legal counsel regarding how to proceed with moving toward four-year terms with elections held every other year with the county's general election. Per 2017 schOol election results, the school board makeup will be two mem- bers from the newly formed Director District 1, two members from the newly formed Director District 2, and one at- large member. The board is now com- prised of three members from Director District 2, so per NDCC, the board will draw to determine which of the three will become the at-large position. Stacey Kessel moved; Klatt seconded, to approve the drawing by lot to deter- mine which of the three board members in Director District 2 (Joey Kessel, Mike Klatt, and Julie Reis) will be the at-large position. Roll call vote with all in favor. A drawing was held with Mike Klatt deter- mined to be the at-large member. Klatt's term will end in 2019: ~ ; : Stacey Kessel and Peplinski gave the RESP report. The board would like to hold day time meetings in January and February to give Student Council members a chance to observe school board meet- ing procedures. The meetings will be held as follows, January 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Prairie School in Fairfield and Febru- ary 13 at 1:30 p.m. at DeMores School in Medora. The board members will do classroom visits prior to the start of the meeting. At 5:50 p.m the board recessed to move to the Resource Room for the public input meeting. The meeting re- convened at 6:00 p.m. for the public meeting regarding the Prairie Expan- sion project. Billings County School Dis- trict administrative staff and board members provided information regard- ing the project and answered meeting participants' questions. Meeting atten- dees were given a survey at the con- clusion of the informational meeting requesting feedback for or against the project or comments and suggestions regarding the project. The meeting was recessed at 6:50 p.m. to conclude the public input portion of the meeting and the board returned to the board room to finish the regular meeting. The board meeting recon- vened at 7:00 p.m. Peplinski reported that West River Special Services would like to contract with the BCSD to provide a Special Ed- ucation teacher from January until the end of the school year at a contract rate of $21,000. The board asked Peplinski and O'Brien to meet with the Special Education teacher and then schedule a special board meeting to discuss. Peplinski reported that Belfield Pub- lic School will have a 14 passenger ac- tivity bus for sale and asked the board if they are interested in purchasing it. A price hasn't been set yet. Discussion was held on how this vehicle could be utilized for sports activities and class field trips. Simnioniw provided the board with a report showing the cost of utiliz- ing large capacity buses for these types of trips. The board will study and once the cost of the activity bus is deter- mined, they will decide if it is cost effec- tive to purchase the vehicle. The board read a thank you note from Kira Craig. Reis moved to adjourn, Joey Kessel seconded. All in favor. Meeting ad- journed at 7:45 p.m. Lynn Arthaud, President Tammy Simnioniw, Business Man- ager (December 28) t