Mercer County Commission
May 19, 2021
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM by Chairman Gene Wolf. Present were Commissioners Wayne Entze, Liza Taylor, Travis Frey, Marvin Schwehr, State’s Attorney Binder and Auditor Shana Brost. Others present during portions of the meeting were Ken Miller, Dave Sebastian, Nick Swenson, Neuly Hoff, Cyndi Zueger, Tyler Barth, Jeremy Eckroth, Casey Voigt, Rylan Sundsbak, Craig Askim and Dan Arens of BHG News.
Schwehr moved to approve the agenda as presented. Taylor seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Schwehr moved to approve the May 5th minutes as presented. Frey seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Entze moved to approve the bills. Taylor seconded. The following vouchers (#43996 & 44016-44085) were approved for payment: ADVANCED BUSINESS METHODS, $148.06; AED EVERYWHERE, $97.90; ARMOR INTERACTIVE, $2,146.24; THE BEACON, $3,014.96; BEULAH LUMBER CO., $357.85; BI INC- BANK OF AMERICA LOCKBOX SRV., $238.50; BINDER, JESSICA, $195.51; BRONSON’S MARKETPLACE, $33.98; BROST, SHANA, $91.70; BUCHMANN, LUCKY, $800.00; BUTLER MACHINERY CO., $176.75; CITY OF GOLDEN VALLEY, $29.60; CITY OF STANTON, $6,689.05; CLUBHOUSE HOTEL & SUITES, $345.60; COOK, BRENDA, $85.68; CROWLEY, RONALD, $437.92; CUSTER HEALTH DISTRICT, $3,236.26; D & E SUPPLY CO INC., $771.49; DAKOTA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS INC., $277.99; DIRECT MED, $16.95; DONALD E. MUTZENBERGER, $170.00; DOWNTOWN GAS AND AUTO, $551.50; EIDE FORD LINCOLN, $3,035.96; ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS INC., $1,710.50; ENTZE, WAYNE, $132.88; FARMERS UNION OIL CO., $5,676.93; WEX BANK, $3,757.30; FORTERRA PIPE & PRECAST, $191.20; GALLS/QUARTERMASTER, $115.10; HAZEN MOTOR CO., $87.45; HAZEN MOTOR CO/FARM IMPLEMENT SHOP, $16.00; HAZEN STAR, $140.00; HR COLLABORATIVE, $50.00; INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT, $968.55; INTERIORS BY FRANCE OF BISMARCK INC., $504.36; J & M HARDWARE, INC., $164.76; JOHNSON CONTROLS, $1,170.13; LAKE VIEW SERVICES, LLC., $827.50; LANGUAGE LINE SERVICES, $326.72; MIDCONTINENT COMMUNICATIONS, $140.32; MILBRADT, KURT, $80.00; BRODKORB, VICKIE, $975.56; ND ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, $75.00; ND ASSOCIATION OF COUNITES 911; $865.17; OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL, $1,395.00; ND SHERIFF’S & DEPUTIES ASSOC., $500.00; NEUBERGER OIL COMPANY, $1,807.68; NORTH DAKOTA ENVELOPE COMPANY, $1,998.96; NORTHWEST TIRE AUTO SERVICE INC., $193.86; OK AUTOMOTIVE, $152.06; OLSON, RONALD, $24.60; BOYER, AMANDA, $124.32; PHARMCHEM, INC., $942.15; POSTMASTER, $56.00; PRAXAIR DISTRIBUTIONS, INC., $143.13; RAMKOTA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER, $259.20; ROUGHRIDER ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC., $1,326.15; SCHUTT, RONA, $44.57; SCUBA ONE INC., $96.00; SEIFERT, BRADLEY, $50.44; SOUTHWEST BUSINESS MACHINES INC., $641.11; STAPLES CREDIT PLAN, $879.86; THE HUB CONVENIENCE STORES INC., $157.12; TOMCHUK, BRYAN, $145.00; TYLER TECHNOLOGIES INC., $2,500.00; UNDERGROUND VAULTS & STORAGE INC., $336.00; UNIFORM CENTER, $162.60; VERIZON WIRELESS, $542.74; WEST RIVER TELECOMMUNICATIONS, $3,335.59; WILMINGTON TRUST NA, $400.00; VIVINT, INC., $59.99 (Total $59,199.01) All voted aye. Motion carried.
Schwehr moved to approve the April Recorder’s fees in the amount of $6506. Taylor seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Entze moved to approve the April Sheriff’s fees in the amount of $9214.53. Taylor seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Schwehr moved to approve liquor license #449 issued to the Hub at Hazen Bay for semiannual on/off sale beer and liquor. Frey seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Nick Swenson visited with the board about the section line crossing for Buffalo Sands. Swenson stated they would like to cross between sections 14 & 23 T144N R86W. Swenson stated he had visited with Road Superintendent Ken Miller, and he was okay at this point but it could change if they would need to build a road in the future. Swenson added they requested the DOT recommendations be added to their permit. The board thanked Swenson for coming in.
Darbie Berger gave the board a treasurer’s report. Berger reported $1,224,772.87 in receipts and $1,695,056.19 in expenditures for the month of April.
Schwehr gave a report on the NDACo Legislative wrap-up he attended.
In road issues, Road Superintendent Miller, gave the board a list of items he would like to sell. Schwehr moved to give the Auditor permission to advertise the sale of miscellaneous county assets and set the sealed bid letting for July 7, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Frey seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Schwehr moved to approve utility permit #1734 issued to Chance Wilhelm for a waterline. Frey seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Frey moved to approve utility permit #1735 issued to Roughrider Electric for a powerline. Taylor seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Miller updated the board on the milling that will start next week on the Hazen Bay road, milling and overlay projects on HWY 1806 to HWY 200, and the roundabout on HWY 49 and HWY 200.
Schwehr handed out information on county road expenditures to date.
The board recessed at 10:18 AM.
The board reconvened at 10:30 AM.
Tyler Barth, Coyote Creek Mining Company, discussed an amendment to the original agreement from May 18, 2016. Barth discussed the road passing through SW ½ Section 31 T143N R88W and S ½ Section 36 T136N R89W. State’s Attorney Binder suggested updating the agreement and attaching an addendum and coming back to the board for approval.
Jeremy Eckroth, Coyote Creek Mining Company presented the board with a petition to temporarily close the following section lines for the purpose of conducting surface coal mining and reclamation operations:
The east-west section line road between the SW¼ of Section 6, Township 142 North, Range 88 West and the NW¼ of Section 7, Township 142 North, Range 88 West; and
The north-south section line road between the SW¼ of Section 6, Township 142 North, Range 88 West and the SE¼ of Section 1, Township 142 North, Range 89 West; and
The north-south section line road between the N½ of the NW¼ of Section 7, Township 142 North, Range 88 West and the N½ of the NE¼ of Section 12, Township 142 North, Range 89 West.
Frey moved to accept the petition with the public hearing to be held on June 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Taylor seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The board discussed the social services building. Schwehr moved to have the Auditor advertise to sell the social service building as discussed and set the bid letting for July 7, 2021 at 10:30 AM. Frey seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
Craig Askim, Extension Agency, gave the board a quarterly update.
State’s Attorney Binder gave her letter of resignation effective June 30, 2021. Schwehr moved to advertise for the unexpired term of the State’s Attorney with applications due on June 8, 2021 at NOON CT, with interviews on June 10, 2021 beginning at 9 AM. Frey seconded. All voted aye. Motion carried.
The board gave their portfolio updates.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 11:43 AM. The next regular meeting is scheduled for June 2, 2021, at 9:00 AM at the Mercer County Boardroom at the Mercer County Government Center in Stanton, North Dakota. The meetings can be viewed online at www.mercercountynd.com The next special meeting is scheduled for June 10, 2021, at 9:00 AM at the Mercer County Boardroom at the Mercer County Government Center in Stanton, North Dakota.
Approved: Gene Wolf, Chairman
Attest: Shana L. Brost, Auditor