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Mercer County Commission

Minutes

December 1, 2021

 

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM by Chairman Gene Wolf. Present were Commissioners Wayne Entze, Liza Taylor, Marvin Schwehr and Auditor Shana Brost. Commissioner Travis Frey was absent. Others present during portions of the meeting were Sherwin Wanner, Candy Strand, Bill Marlenee, Cyndi Zueger, Darbie Berger, Dawn Grannis, Michael Schmitcke and Dan Arens of BHG News.

Schwehr moved to approve the agenda as amended. Entze seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Schwehr moved to approve the November 17th minutes as presented. Taylor seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Entze moved to approve the November 23rd special meeting minutes as presented. Schwehr seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Schwehr moved to approve the bills as presented with the exception of the bill from the State Auditor’s Office in the amount of $74,950 until questions are answered. Taylor seconded. The following vouchers (#45125-45155) were approved for payment: ADVANCED BUSINESS METHODS, $547.95; ASTECH CORP, $273,530.00; BEULAH JOB DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, $806.33; BLUE 360 MEDIA LLC, $224.60; BROST, SHANA, $100.00; CARDMEMBER SERVICE, $1,514.25; COMFORT INN & SUITES, $68.40; COOLSYS LIGHT COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS, $1,150.00; DAKOTA FIRE EXTINGUISHER INC., $79.44; ENTZE, WAYNE, $162.00; ERICKSON, LADD, $161.28; FITTERER OIL HAZEN LLC, $2,724.80; WEX BANK, $4,046.91; FREY, TRAVIS, $107.12; FRONTIER MILLS, INC., $195.46; GREAT PLAINS DIRECTORY, $227.50; HOBBS INC., $13,079.00; MERCER COUNTY TREASURER, $15,725.26; MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES, $73.54; ND ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, $65.00; ND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, $50.00; NDLTAP, $100.00; NORTHWEST TIRE AUTO SERVICE INC., $5,987.37; OFFROAD SOFTWARE, INC., $2,025.00; OK AUTOMOTIVE, $290.94; BOYER, AMANDA, $101.25; REED, CARMEN, $33.60; SANTA CRUZ GUNLOCKS, LLC, $675.00; TYLER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., $1,500.00 VANGUARD APPRAISALS INC., $2,160.00; VERIZON WIRELESS, $851.76 (TOTAL $328,363.76) All voted aye. Motion carried.

Entze moved to approve the October Recorder’s fees in the amount of $6387. Taylor seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Taylor moved to approve duplicate warrant #53980 in the amount of $77.45 issued to Betty Livingston for overpaid taxes. Entze seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Taylor moved to set the polling places as Vote Centers for the 2022 Elections as Vote by Mail, Early Voting at the Mercer County Courthouse, and Beulah Civic Center—also to keep all precincts as previously established. Schwehr seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Sherwin Wanner, Houston Engineering, presented the board with a bid tab from the bid letting of Cells 6 & 7 lining for the Mercer County Regional Landfill. Schwehr moved to table awarding the bid on Cells 6 & 7 at the landfill until they are provided more information on the SRF funding. Taylor seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

The board recessed at 10:03 AM.

The board reconvened until 10:13 AM.

Michael Schmitcke, North Dakota State Auditor’s office, presented Mercer County’s audit for fiscal years 2019 and 2020. Schmitcke stated Mercer County received an unqualified opinion which is the best opinion you can get and all financial statements were in accordance to the Government Auditing Standards. The board discussed the bill from the State Auditor’s office with Schmitcke. Taylor moved to table the bill until it comes under advisement of the State’s Attorney to ensure the billing was appropriate. Schwehr seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.

Schwehr moved to add $500,000 to the county’s 2022 budget to implement new tax and financial program to meet the finding of implementation by January of 2023. Due to a lack of a second, motion failed.

The board gave their portfolio updates.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:19 AM. The next regular meeting is scheduled for December 15, 2021, at 9:00 AM at the Mercer County Historical Museum in Beulah, North Dakota. The meetings can be viewed online at www.mercercountynd.com

 

Approved: Gene Wolf, Chairman

Attest: Shana L. Brost, Auditor