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Mercer County Commission
Minutes
January 4, 2017

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM CT by Chairman Scheurer, also present was Commissioner Murray, Commissioner Gunsch, Commissioner Entze, Commissioner Berger, State’s Attorney Binder and Auditor Brost. 

Motion made by Commissioner Entze, second by Commissioner Murray to approve the agenda with additions.  All members voted “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Murray to approve the minutes from the December 21st meeting. On roll call vote; Gunsch, “Aye”, Murray, “Aye”, Berger, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Berger, second by Commissioner Entze to amend the agenda to add evening minutes under other business.  On roll call vote; Berger, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Gunsch, “Aye”, Murray, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Murray, second by Commissioner Gunsch to approve the bills as follows:    Advanced Business Methods, $449.76; Acme Tools, $2047.99; AED Everywhere, $333.30; Craig Askim, $46.44; Bergstrom Electric, $39926.70; Beulah Job Development, $606.34; BHG Inc. $2225.32; Braun Intertec, $3212.75; Bronson’s Super Valu, $3873.94; Butler Machinery, $115.37; Cardmember Services, $2654.16; Cofell’s Plumbing, $235206.00 Contegrity Group, $35095.81; Corner Express, $48.00; Country Inn & Suites, $2105.04; D & E Supply, $234.71; Dakota Central Social Services, $67280.98; Dakota Staffing, $1367.11; Direct Med, $333.57; Electronic Communications, $282.00; Cindy Entze, $10.50; Farm Service Agency, $777.00; FUO Beulah, $3291.87; Hazen Welding, $50.30; Herzog Roofing, $230002.75; Implementation Specialists, $236.25; Interstate Engineering, $9322.46; Inventory Trading Company, $180.00; J-S Sanitation, $936.00; Dena Kemmet, $247.86; Krause Super Valu, $235.28 Lewis & Clark Regional Development, $7993.49; Mac’s Inc. $304.44; Mayo Construction, $349226.46; Mercer County Historical Society, $5000.00; Midwest Doors, $435.20; MDU, $112.74 Napa, $127.17; NDACO Resources Group, $2535.00 NDACO, $78373.80; ND County Commissioners Association, $1600.00; ND Surplus Property, $10.00; Neuberger Oil, $6718.32; NW Tire, $7764.52; Rachel Poitras, $17.99; Prairie Supply, $2600.00; RDO Equipment, $1339.08; Carmen Reed, $62.10; Sakakawea Medical Center, $15.00; SBM, $26.57; Straightway Construction, $138633.75; The Hub, $83.81; Tower Communications, $555.00; Trans Trash, $300.00; Venture Marketing, $29.95; Verizon Wireless, $1327.58; Vision West, $1000.00.  On roll call vote; Murray, “Aye”, Gunsch, “Aye”, Berger, “Nay”, Entze, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Murray to set personal mileage reimbursement for 2017 at $0.54 per mile.  On roll call vote; Gunsch, “Aye”, Murray, “Aye”, Berger, “Nay”, Entze, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Entze, second by Commissioner Berger to approve the November Sheriff’s fees in the amount of $18,987.69.  On roll call vote; Entze, “Aye”, Berger, “Aye”, Gunsch, “Aye”, Murray, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Murray, second by Commissioner Entze to approve the November Recorder’s fees in the amount of $7,457.40.  On roll call vote; Murray, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Berger, “Aye”, Gunsch, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Auditor Brost discussed with the board there are two appointments necessary for Dakota Central Social Services Board, one unexpired term and one three (3) year term.  Brost stated she received a letter from Steve Reiser, Social Services Director, that he would like to see Bill Tveit finish out his term even though he lost the election and expressed Julie Brinkman was willing to serve another term.  Brost added she sent a letter to Casey Voigt to see if he was willing to serve another term on the Water Resource Board, but the letter was sent out to his physical address and resent to his PO Box last week.  Chairman Scheurer tabled the discussion until later in the meeting.

Sheriff Dean Danzeisen met with the board to give them an update.  Sheriff Danzeisen discussed the protest and stated all their equipment has been brought back to Mercer County.  Danzeisen stated there will be quite a few changes for Law Enforcement during the Legislative Session such as extended stays in the jail to relieve the pressure on the state prison system.  Sheriff Danzeisen stated his staff did an excellent job during the Christmas blizzards covering for each other by sleeping on cots in the basement or staying in town for someone who couldn’t make it in.  Danzeisen noted Dispatcher/C.O. Diane Fondie will be retiring this spring and he is in the process of looking for someone to fill that position.  Commissioner Berger asked Danzeisen how he is handling people who are maxed out on vacation. Sheriff Danzeisen stated the first question they ask is who’s fault is it if there are too many hours.  Berger stated with the fall the Sheriff’s Department had, there has to be people who couldn’t take vacation.  Danzeisen stated his employees have all year to take vacation and administration tries to make every attempt to approve vacation requests, and he will fill in shifts to make it happen.  Berger stated the county has hard, fast rules and there is someone who lost vacation and he does not agree with it.  The board thanked Sheriff Danzeisen for his update.

Carmen Reed, 911 Coordinator/Emergency Manager, discussed the emergency declaration with the board.  Reed stated the county has received between 41 and 47 inches of snow since November 30.  Commissioner Berger asked Reed if the declaration gets the ball rolling for the farm program and Reed stated she didn’t know if that was tied in or not.  Motion made by Commissioner Murray, second by Commissioner Gunsch to pass a resolution for an emergency declaration.  The resolution reads as follows:

EMERGENCY DECLARATION

WHEREAS, Mercer County has experienced heavy snowfall, accumulated snow depth, and wind related snow drifting beginning the end of November, 2016 and continuing; and

 

WHEREAS, heavy snowfall, accumulated snow depth, and wind related drifting of snow has resulted in road and highway closures; and

 

WHEREAS, the impact of snowfall, drifting snow, zero visibility and closed roads has threatened the well-being and public safety of citizens in Mercer County;

 

WHEREAS, the cost of snow removal, including overtime and fuel expenditures is in excess of county resources;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Mercer County Commissioners declare a state of emergency exists in Mercer County, North Dakota.

 

DATED at Stanton, North Dakota, this 4th day of January, 2017.

 

/s/Duane F. Scheurer, Mercer County Commission Chairman

ATTEST

/s/Shana L. Brost, Mercer County Auditor”

Reed discussed the issue of the possibility of flooding in the spring.  Reed stated the snow covered the ground before it was frozen so that is a plus, but she will meet with all officials to discuss flood preparation come February.  The board thanked Reed for all her hard work.

Colette Schilling, Tax Director/Land Use Administrator, presented six (6) temporary use permits to the board.  Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Murray to approve temporary use #491 issued to LeeRoy Fischer for the removal of scoria for resale in the SE ¼ Section 2 T141N R89W with work limited to daylight hours.  The area disturbed under this temporary use permit must be reclaimed by the applicant and must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The haul road must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The permit holder shall control weeds in an acceptable manner during the time the permit is in effect.  On roll call vote; Gunsch, “Aye”, Murray, “Aye”, Berger, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Murray, second by Commissioner Entze to approve temporary use #492 issued to Trotter Construction for the removal of scoria for resale in a fraction of NW ¼ Section 26 T146N R88W with work limited to daylight hours.  The area disturbed under this temporary use permit must be reclaimed by the applicant and must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The haul road must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The permit holder shall control weeds in an acceptable manner during the time the permit is in effect.  Commissioner Berger asked about weed control and Schilling stated it was a condition in the permit.  On roll call vote; Murray, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Berger, “Aye”, Gunsch, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Entze to approve temporary use #493 issued to Trotter Construction for a gravel pit 69 acres in NE ¼ SE ¼ and 92.92 acres in the NE ¼ Section 28 T144N R87W with work limited to daylight hours.  The area disturbed under this temporary use permit must be reclaimed by the applicant and must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The haul road must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The permit holder shall control weeds in an acceptable manner during the time the permit is in effect.  Commissioner Entze asked Road Superintendent Ken Miller to check on why the county does not have a road agreement with them and asked Miller to get it tied up.  Miller stated the access through Oliver County, but he will check into it.  On roll call vote; Gunsch, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Berger, “Nay”, Murray, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Murray, second by Commissioner Entze to approve temporary use #494 issued to Randy Byrum for a scoria pit in the NE ¼ Section 33 T145N R87W with work limited to daylight hours.  The area disturbed under this temporary use permit must be reclaimed by the applicant and must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The haul road must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The permit holder shall control weeds in an acceptable manner during the time the permit is in effect.  On roll call vote; Murray, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Berger, “Aye”, Gunsch, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Murray to approve temporary use #495 issued to Randy Byrum for a scoria pit and over burden pit two (2) acres within the E ½ SE ¼ of Section 32 T145N R87W with work limited to daylight hours.  The area disturbed under this temporary use permit must be reclaimed by the applicant and must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The haul road must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The permit holder shall control weeds in an acceptable manner during the time the permit is in effect.  On roll call vote; Gunsch, “Aye”, Murray, “Aye”, Berger, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Motion made by Commissioner Murray, second by Commissioner Entze to approve temporary use #496 issued to Border States Paving for 10 acres of material stockpile in the NW ¼ Section 12 T143N R88W with work limited to daylight hours.  The area disturbed under this temporary use permit must be reclaimed by the applicant and must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The haul road must be approved and released by the County Road Superintendent.  The permit holder shall control weeds in an acceptable manner during the time the permit is in effect.  On roll call vote; Murray, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Berger, “Aye”, Gunsch, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

The board recessed at 9:57 AM.

The board reconvened at 10:01 AM.

Road Superintendent Miller discussed the rental of snow equipment with the board.  Miller stated he received an estimate from Butler to rent a D6 for $6,100 a month for 160 hours and any excess hours would be billed at $26 per hour.  Commissioner Berger asked Miller if he had the manpower to run the equipment.  Miller stated he could move people around and Berger asked if they were already running equipment.  Miller said if he needs to switch people around that is what he will do.  Berger asked what those guys were doing now and Miller stated running the plow truck and loader.  Berger questioned Miller if he even had the manpower to run this equipment.  Miller stated his truck drivers could run the dozer.  Miller stated it is tough when other entities need help, yet he is low on manpower.  Commissioner Berger stated he thinks the county should look at contracting the work out and bid it out at an hourly rate.  Miller stated if he could rent two machines, he could also hire a contractor to help push snow back.  Miller added Butler only has two dozers, one in Sioux Falls and one in Grand Forks.  Commissioner Gunsch asked where Miller is on budgeting for this.  Miller stated in 2016 they didn’t go over budget, but wasn’t sure what 2017 would look like.  Commissioner Entze stated it would help if the state would declare an emergency.  Auditor Brost stated there is monies in the emergency fund too.  Commissioner Entze asked if Miller contacts the landowner when they move snow back.  Miller stated they do.  Commissioner Gunsch thought it would be a good idea to get one (1) dozer to push snow back.  Commissioner Entze stated the bid list from the spring time should be used when contracting the work out.  Entze stated he wanted to caution Miller how he goes about contracting work out.  Motion made by Commissioner Berger to rent one (1) D6 Dozer and talk to the local contractors and make them aware if the county needs help, they will be asked to help; Sletten, Byrum, and Kollman.  Auditor Brost asked if it should be pursuant to the bid list.  Berger stated contractors can be added or subtracted from the bid list at any time.  Commissioner Entze stated that wasn’t the case, and the bid list was created on a yearly basis.  Commissioner Berger stated this isn’t something that is bid out.  State’s Attorney Binder stated the county puts up the bids for the contractors and those contractors who bid are contacted throughout the year.  Commissioner Gunsch stated we need to use the contractors on the bid list first.  Commissioner Berger rescinded his motion.  Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Entze for the Highway Department to check into leasing a D6 dozer and also hire additional contractors according to the bid list, and if none of them are available use their discretion to find one.  On roll call vote; Gunsch, “Aye”, Entze, “Aye”, Berger, “No”, Murray, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

Road Superintendent Miller discussed an email from Marguerite Kilber asking the county to make her road safe.  Miller stated it is on a big slough, the road is currently under water, and there is no place for the water to go.  Miller added Roers was going to drain it with irrigation, but he doesn’t know where that went. Miller stated the approach isn’t too far from where the water comes up and if the Highway Department built the road up, it wouldn’t change the location of the farmstead.  Miller added this has always been a water board issue and hasn’t heard anything more on it for the past couple of years.  Commissioner Gunsch stated there was a lot of opposition from the landowners downstream.  Commissioner Berger asked for someone to read the email so he knew what was being asked.  Berger stated this man called him Christmas Day and said his tractor was sitting in a hole by his road and he had talked to certain commissioners two (2) years ago and if one load of dirt, rock, or gravel was all that was needed to fill that hole up so he didn’t have his tractor sitting in it on Christmas day trying to get out he thinks it would have been well worth the one load of gravel.  Chairman Scheurer read the email to the board from Mrs. Kilber.  The email read as follows: “The road has been washed out near our place for a number of years. We let the county know right away. They did put up a flag, but it was never fixed and the flag washed away. I let the county know right away and explained that the water had eroded quite close to the east bound travel lane. That was summer of 2014. This has become an urgent hazard. Someone could be seriously injured or property damaged. It would be considered negligence. Please make this safe. Thank you.”    Assistant Road Superintendent, Elroy Opp, stated the Highway Department widened the approach in 2014 and there is a water issue there and you can’t get it out.  Chairman Scheurer asked it would help if the Highway Department visited with Mrs. Kilber.  Road Superintendent Miller stated he hasn’t heard anything since 2014 and last summer they put gravel on and shaped the road.  Commissioner Gunsch stated Jim Roers was going to drain it downstream but there was a lot of opposition.  He recommended going out to visit the landowners. 

Commissioner Berger stated he had one more thing to discuss.  Berger stated he received a call two (2) weeks ago from a rancher West of Beulah and South of Zap and in the past he has used the minimum maintenance road to bring his cattle home.  Berger added he talked to Miller about it and Miller said he didn’t have the time or the people to do it.  Berger stated he understood and agreed with Miller so he called the rancher back, told him the situation and offered his own tractor, snow blower and time to help open the road.  Berger added the rancher called him back on Sunday night and thanked him stating they got the cattle moved.  Berger stated yesterday morning the Highway Department gets a call and they are supposed to open a road so a person can get his semi in and get his cattle out.  Berger stated the road department called him and asked what they should do and Berger told them to follow the orders.  Miller stated Curtis Gartner went up County 5 with the blade and considering the circumstances bladed the road and bladed the approach but didn’t go on private property.  Miller added everyone’s route is important and everything needs to be cleaned from the inside out to get the traffic going.  Miller stated the road crew cleans the major collector roads first, then the minor, and last the off chutes.  Commissioner Entze stated this was a different situation.  Entze added this family had experienced a family tragedy and the neighbors have been feeding the cattle and the cattle needed to go.  Entze noted County 5 is part of the county’s road system and the Highway Department extended a little help so the neighbors could get the cattle to the sale.  Entze added the road wasn’t a dead-end section line road; this is a road on the county’s system and didn’t think it should be an apples to apples comparison.  Road Superintendent Miller stated every circumstance is a different deal.  Miller stated the landowner south of Zap had an alternate route. Miller added they have had emergencies throughout the county and needed to clear the roads and it would take his operators off their route for the time being and it pushes the operators further back.  Miller noted everyone’s route is top priority.  Commissioner Berger asked what the deal was last weekend when a front-end loader was stuck on County 13 and the county blade pulled it out.  Miller stated he would have to check on it.  Commissioner Gunsch thanked Miller and Opp for what they do, stating they should do the best they can and it’s hard to please everyone.  Gunsch added he appreciates what the Highway Department does.  Miller stated if he could help everyone he would, but people choose where they live.  Commissioner Berger stated if they want to live out in the country, they should have the equipment to get themselves out of the country.

Chairman Scheurer indicated that the next item on the agenda is “Executive Session-Pursuant to 44-04-19.1(5) and 44-04019.2 NDCC-Attorney Consultation Re: Reasonably Predictable Civil Litigation—Attorney consult in regards to Bruner DOL Claim.”  This item must be discussed in executive session. The legal authority for closing this portion of the meeting is NDCC Section 44-04-19.1(5).  Commissioner Berger stated he will abstain from the executive session and exited the boardroom. The topic or purpose of this executive session is for attorney consultation re: Reasonably Predictable Civil Litigation.” At this time, a motion would be in order to discuss the next topic in executive session rather than in an open meeting. Is there such a motion? Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, seconded by Commissioner Murray to enter into executive session. There was no discussion on the motion. On roll call vote all members voted “Aye”, motion carried (Scheurer, Gunsch, Entze, Murray). The executive session will be recorded and all members of the governing body are reminded to limit their discussion during the executive session to the announced topic. Any collective decision, collective commitment, or other final action by the governing body must occur after it reconvenes in an open meeting, unless final action is specifically required by law to be taken during executive session. The prohibition on taking final action during the executive session does not apply to providing guidance or instruction to our attorney. We will now ask the members of the public who are attending the meeting to leave the room. We will be adjourning the executive session and reconvening the open portion of the meeting as soon as possible. The minutes will show that the executive session began at 10:35 AM CT and was attended by Chairman Scheurer, Commissioner Entze, Commissioner Murray, Commissioner Gunsch, State’s Attorney Binder, and Auditor Brost.  Commissioner Berger was not present. The minutes will show that the executive session was adjourned at 10:43 AM CT. The public has been invited to return to the meeting room and we are now back in open session.

The board again discussed the board appointments.  Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Murray to appoint Bill Tveit to fill the unexpired term expiring on December 31, 2017 and Julie Brinkman to fill the three (3) year term expiring December 31, 2019.  Commissioner Berger asked how the commissioners can even consider Julie if she didn’t fill out an application.  Chairman Scheurer stated the email from Steve Reiser stated he had a conversation with her and she indicated she wanted to serve another appointment.  Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Murray to rescind the previous motion.  Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch, second by Commissioner Murray to appoint Bill Tveit to finish his term on the Dakota Central Social Services board until December 31, 2017.  Commissioner Berger stated in reviewing the application from Lori Ballensky, her interests and qualifications look way more convincing to him than Bill Tveit.  On roll call vote; Gunsch, “Aye”, Murray, “Aye”, Berger, “Nay”, Entze, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.

State’s Attorney Binder stated there is no formal requirement for an application and it wasn’t put into any resolution, because the resolution passed was for term boards.  Binder added it is preferred to have an application but the board is free to appoint as they see fit.  Commissioner Entze stated they should table the appointment until the next meeting.  Chairman Scheurer asked it be added to the next agenda.

Chairman Scheurer stated he believes there are two (2) vacancies on the Mercer County Housing Authority Board.  Auditor Brost stated she would check into it and bring back information to the next meeting.  No further action was taken.

Chairman Scheurer stated the next thing on the agenda was the social media policy.  Commissioner Berger stated he read through the social media policy and the first paragraph states employee and he is not an employee of the county, he is an elected official of the county so unless there is something in state statute that states a county commissioner cannot video commission meetings, they will be videoed.  State’s Attorney Binder stated the first issue is not whether or not Berger videos the meetings, it is the publicizing of the video and the posting of it.  Binder added there is nothing stating that any of the board cannot video the meetings, but it’s the publishing of it.  Binder asked Berger if he was seriously suggesting that elected officials should not be subject to the employee policy manual.  Berger asked if elected officials are required to follow the policy because he can name numerous occasions where elected officials think they are above the policy and if Binder has a half a day he will sit down with her and go through it.  Binder stated elected officials are subject to the policy handbook and if a grievance wasn’t filed within 10 days then there is nothing to discuss.   Berger stated the Policy Committee is a joke.  He stated if you have a grievance and go to the Policy Committee, nine (9) chances out of 10 the grievance is going to be over the department head and the Policy Committee is all department heads and that is a conflict.  Binder asked Berger if he knows who is on the Policy Committee.  Berger stated Binder was on the committee and she stated she is not, but there for legal counsel.  Berger stated Dean Danzeisen used to be and Binder stated he no longer sits on the Policy Committee.  Berger stated he knows Mr. Gunsch is on the Policy Committee and Binder stated he is the liaison to the board.  Berger stated Rachel Grimm is and Binder stated she is not a department head.  Chairman Scheurer called for a point of order and stated the board needs to stick to the topic of the social media policy.  Berger stated the social media policy does not pertain to him because he is an elected official, not an employee.  Binder stated everyone is an employee of Mercer County and no one is exempt from the policy handbook.  Binder added it’s not the actual recording of the meetings, it is the use of Mercer County’s name and images and no one who is employed by Mercer County is able to use Mercer County’s name without the blessing of the board.  State’s Attorney Binder stated as she understands Berger did publish the last meeting’s video and is acting in opposition to the board’s motion.  Berger was in agreement.  Commissioner Gunsch stated the board needs to work together as a commission and the board is not opposed to getting the commission meetings on the website after the new boardroom is renovated, but it needs to be done properly.  Gunsch added everyone needs to cool down, and it needs to be done properly and done with respect.  Commissioner Gunsch stated the Facebook postings are violating the social media policy.  Berger stated he has to argue that because people voted him in for his actions and activity, including videoing the meeting.

Chairman Scheurer stated the next item on the agenda was the hiring freeze.  Commissioner Berger questioned if the hiring freeze was still in effect, Mr. Chairman?  And how many people have been hired since it’s been in effect?  Commissioner Gunsch stated the hiring freeze was intended for any additional hiring, not replacing those who have retired or left employment.  Berger stated he was just wondering because it seems to him the Tax Director’s office has been closed more than it has been open in the last three (3) months and now she’s hired help and it doesn’t add up to him.  Chairman Scheurer stated at the times it wasn’t open it wasn’t feasible to be open.  Chairman Scheurer added the hiring freeze was put into place to freeze additional workers and in order to add staff to a department, the department head was required to come to the board for approval.  Scheurer noted there was other staff covering for the tax department while it was closed, due to the Tax Director needing to be absent for the training and certification; a requirement of the position.

Chairman Scheurer stated the next item on the agenda was the software upgrade.  Commissioner Berger stated he thought long and hard about this and is just wondering how they are going to tell the taxpayers they spent $300,000 on a software and they are going to walk away from it.  Berger stated after the board comes up with an answer for that, he was at the meeting when the gal from the software company and Chairman Tveit sat and berated the Treasurer because it was her fault the system didn’t work and after the meeting all the commissioners went down to dinner at the café and asked how does that look to our taxpayers? Berger stated Chairman Scheurer didn’t go, he sat there and ate pudding so he’s off the hook.  Berger continued by stating the board talks about all this bickering that is going on, maybe they should pull their heads out of the sand and look where this bickering is coming from, every one of them.  Commissioner Berger stated at the last meeting badgering the Treasurer because the tax statements weren’t out yet, and that wasn’t just one commissioner it was two (2).  Berger stated this vendetta better come to an end and it better be quick or it’s going to be a long two (2) years for some of you and four (4) for others.  State’s Attorney Binder asked if that was a threat.  Chairman Scheurer stated the board shouldn’t work under threats.  Motion made by Commissioner Gunsch to adjourn the meeting due to the meeting no longer being functional.  Chairman Scheurer stated there are still a couple of things left on the agenda. 

The Nurse’s Quarterly report and Veteran’s Quarterly report were reviewed.

Commissioner Murray second the motion to adjourn.  On roll call vote; Gunsch, “Aye”, Murray, “Aye”, Berger, “Nope”, Entze, “Aye”, Scheurer, “Aye”, motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 AM CST.  The next regular meeting of the commission will be January 18, 2017 at 9:00 AM CT in the courtroom of the Mercer County Courthouse, Stanton, North Dakota.

 

Approved: Duane Scheurer, Chairman

Attest: Shana L. Brost, Auditor