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NDCCA Annual Business Meeting

October 9, 2017 - Bismarck Event Center

 

President Strinden called the business meeting to order at 3:40 PM, appointing NDACo Legal Counsel, Aaron Birst, as Parliamentarian for the meeting.

 

President Strinden directed the members’ attention to the Regional Caucus Materials mailed and in the convention packet and the supplementary materials available in the room. He noted the minutes of the previous meeting and that they have been reviewed and approved by the Convention Minutes Committee, and that no revisions to the Constitution and By-Laws have been recommended.

 

David Montgomery (Williams) delivered the Treasurer's Report. He focused on the ending fund balance, budget, and dues. He reminded the members that the Association operates on a two-year budget and generally considers changes to the dues amount only on odd-numbered years; and therefore the Board is recommending a $10 per commissioner increase in dues for 2018. Montgomery then moved the adoption of the Treasurer’s report, including the proposed budget and dues level for 2018-2019. The motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

The President requested that the regional caucus chairs deliver their reports.

 

Region I: Wayne Aberle (Williams) reported that they held an election and he was reelected as the regional representative to the NDACo Board. He stated their discussion focused on resolutions, all of which were supported. He noted their particular interest in the resolution addressing property assessment.

 

Region II: Trudy Ruland (Mountrail) reported that their region did not hold an election and she would continue as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region II. It was then reported that the caucus talked about all of the proposed resolutions but also discussed the disposal of nuclear waste.

 

Region III: Stanley Dick (Cavalier) reported that they held an election and he was reelected as the regional representative to the NDACo Board. He stated their discussion included support for the resolutions and focused on road funding.

 

Region IV: Maynard Loibl (Nelson) was unavailable for a verbal report, however it was noted that their region did not hold an election and he would continue as regional representative as the NDACo Board member from Region IV.

 

Region V: Mary Scherling (Cass) reported that they held an election and she was elected as the regional representative to the NDACo Board for Region V. She stated their discussion included support for the resolutions, recognizing the importance of the issues of social service financing and medical marijuana.

Region VI: Randi Suckut (Wells) reported that as he is moving into the Past President’s position, their region held an election; and Becky Hagel (Foster) was elected to serve as the Region VI representative to the NDACo Board. He said they talked about the resolutions and supported all but one which they will ask to be separately debated.

 

Region VII: Steve Lee (McLean) reported that they held an election and he was reelected and would continue as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region VII. The group discussed support for all of the resolutions and had no additional resolutions.

 

Region VIII: Scott Ouradnik (Slope) reported that they did not hold an election and Ouradnik will remain as the NDACo Board member from Region VIII. He reported that their discussion focused on the importance of local control as we look at the long-term resolution of the social services financing issue. He also noted their interest in the possible ways to address value fluctuations in centrally assessed property.

 

The President called for the standing committee reports.

 

For the Nominating Committee, Cindy Schwehr (Barnes) delivered the Nominating Committee Report. Based on the Constitution and By-Laws change enacted in 2010, she reminded the members that all Board positions were made two-year terms with the positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer elected on odd-numbered years. Therefore, all officers as well as a number of director seats are on the ballot.

 

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Schwehr presented the following slate of candidates for your consideration:

 

  • For NDCCA President, Reinhard Hauck (Dunn)

  • For NDCCA Vice President, David Montgomery (Williams)

  • For NDCCA Treasurer, Perry Turner (McIntosh)

  • For NDCCA Director – 2-year terms, (3 Positions)

    • Sherry Hosford (Sargent)

    • Chad Peterson (Cass)

    • Cody Schulz (Morton)

  • For NDCCA Director – 1- year term, (1 Position)

    • Elsie Magnus (Cavalier)

 

Additionally, the nominating committee is offering the following name for one additional position.

 

  • Scott Ouradnik (Slope), Western Interstate Region of NACo Board of Directors

     

Schwehr then moved to place the names in nomination. The motion was seconded.

 

President Strinden then requested three times for nominations from the floor for each of the positions. No additional nominations were offered. As the ballot contained only one name for each position, the President accepted a motion from Nick Moser (Cavalier) that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for the proposed slate of candidates. The motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

Hetty Walker (Pembina), Audit Committee Chair, gave the Audit Committee Report. She reported that the committee reviewed the books at the convention and found them to be correct. Cody Schulz (Morton) moved the acceptance of the report; the motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

Reinhard Hauck (Dunn), as co-chair of the Resolutions Committee, presented its report. He informed the members that he was going to read the titles of all of the printed resolutions recommended for adoption and then ask for requests to separate specific resolutions for individual debate or amendment. He would then move the adoption of all those not separated in one motion. He read the following:

 

2017-01. Highway Construction and State Funding.

2017-02. Justice Reinvestment & Behavioral Health.

2017-03. Human Service Financing.

2017-04. Collaborative Effort to Update and Improve the Assessment Process.

2017-05. Abandoned Cemeteries.

2017-06. Legal Drain Right-of-Way Ownership.

2017-07. Transportation Safety Encouraged

2017-08. Medical Marijuana Impacts & Taxation.

2017-09. Timing of Annual Convention.

 

It was requested by Randi Suckut (Wells) on behalf of the Region VI Caucus that resolution 2017-09, Timing of Annual Convention, be separated for individual action.

 

Hauck then moved that, with the exception of 2017-09, all resolutions be adopted. The motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

Hauck then moved the adoption of 2017-09 and the motion was seconded and discussion followed. Suckut explained their Region’s objection to changing the start day of the annual convention. Various speakers spoke for and against the change, and it was pointed out that the resolution is calling for a survey of convention attendees. At conclusion of the discussion, a voice vote was taken and the motion passed on a voice vote.

 

With the conclusion of the Resolutions Committee report, the President noted that one floor resolution was provided to the body prior to the meeting in accordance with the By-laws, and he asked for its presentation.

 

Scott Ouradnik (Slope), on behalf of the Region VIII Caucus, moved the adoption of the resolution titled, NDSU Extension Service Support; and it was noted that the proposed resolution was being displayed on the screens. The motion was seconded and Ouradnik explained the issues that the Extension Service was facing and their Caucus’ support of the resolution. After further explanation and responding to questions, the motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

Reinhard Hauck was then asked to the podium to receive the gavel from President Strinden. Newly-elected NDCCA President Hauck presented Strinden with a plaque recognizing his years of service as President of the Association. Strinden addressed the assembly, talking about his term of presidency and thanking the members for their support, urging them all to get involved as he felt it was a rewarding experience.

 

There being no further business for the assembly, the meeting was declared adjourned by President Hauck.

 

Approved by Board Resolution: _____________________________

                                                        Mark A. Johnson, Secretary

 

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