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NDCCA Annual Business Meeting

October 26, 2015

Bismarck Event Center

 

President Johnston called the business meeting to order at 4:15 PM, appointing Ron Anderson (McKenzie) as Parliamentarian for the meeting.

President Johnston 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. 

 

Ken Teubner (Towner) 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 every two years; and therefore the Board is recommending an adjustment to the dues for 2016 of $20 per commissioner. It was moved by Teubner and seconded to approve the Treasurer's Report and 2016/2017 Budget. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

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

 

Region I: Ron Anderson (McKenzie) reported that they held an election and he will remain as the NDACo Board member from Region I. He stated their discussion focused on resolutions and other issues of concern in the region.

 

Region II: Colleen Reese (Mountrail) acting on behalf of Greg Boschee (Mountrail) reported that they did not hold an election and Boschee would continue as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region II. She then said they talked about resolutions and particularly 2015-08 (Tobacco Taxation) and they voted not to support the resolution.

 

Region III: Bill Mertens (Ramsey) reported that they held an election and he will remain as the NDACo Board member from Region III. He stated their discussion included support for the resolutions; however, they were split on resolution 2015-08.

 

Region IV: Odell Flaagan (Nelson) reported that did not hold an election and he will continue as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region IV. It was reported this region also talked quite a bit about the resolutions and supported them all.

 

Region V: Lance Fugleberg (Steele) reported that they held an election and he will remain as the NDACo Board member from Region V. The group discussed support for all of the resolutions published in the meeting materials and indicated support for the proposed change to the constitution and by-laws.

 

Region VI: Randi Suckut (Wells) reported they did not hold an election and he would continue as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region VI. He said they talked about the resolutions and by-laws change.

 

Region VII: Steve Lee (McLean) reported that he was elected to serve as the NDACo Board member from Region VII as President Peluso will be moving into the position of Past President of NDACo. 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 he would continue as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region VIII. He said they agreed to support the resolutions and by-laws changed and then talked about the upcoming sunset of the legislation regarding the deposit of overweight penalties and social service funding issues.

 

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, in addition to the offices of President, Vice President and Treasurer, there are two Board of Directors’ positons up for election, as well as North Dakota’s seat on the NDACo Western Interstate Region Board, and the nominee for one of two county representatives on the ND Insurance Reserve Fund Board. Schwehr then presented the following slate of nominees:

 

  • For NDCCA President, Bruce Strinden (Morton)
  • For NDCCA Vice President, Reinhard Hauck (Dunn)
  • For NDCCA Treasurer, Jack Nybakken (Ward)
  • For NDCCA Director – 2-year terms,
    • David Montgomery (Williams)
    • Chad Peterson (Cass)
    • Sherry Hosford (Sargent)
  • For NDCCA Director – to complete the final year of Reinhard’s  term,
    • Perry Turner (McIntosh)

 

Additionally, the nominating committee is offering the following names for two additional positions.

 

  • Scott Ouradnik (Slope) for WIR Board of Directors
  • Bruce Strinden (Morton) for NDIRF Board of Directors

 

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

 

President Johnston then requested three times for nominations from the floor for each of the positions. 

 

There being no additional nominees for President, it was moved by Karen Anderson (Walsh) and seconded that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for Strinden for President. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

There being no additional nominees for Vice President, it was moved by Daryl Dukart (Dunn) and seconded that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for Hauck for Vice President. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

There being no additional nominees for Treasurer, it was moved by Larry Louser (Ward) and seconded that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for Nybakken for Treasurer. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

There being no additional nominees for the two-year terms for Director, it was moved by Elsie Magnus (Cavalier) and seconded that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for Montgomery, Peterson and Hosford for the two-year terms as Director. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

There being no additional nominees for the one-year term as Director, it was moved by Doug Schonert (Burleigh) and seconded that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for Turner for the one-year term as Director. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

There being no additional nominees for the WIR Board of Directors, it was moved by Ron Anderson (McKenzie) and seconded that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for Ouradnik for the WIR Board of Directors. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

There being no additional nominees for the NDIRF Board of Directors Nominee, it was moved by Cody Schulz (Morton) and seconded that the secretary cast a unanimous ballot for Strinden for the NDIRF Board of Directors Nominee. The motion passed on a voice vote.

 

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

 

Vice President Bruce Strinden (Morton) approached the podium for the Constitution & By-Laws Committee Report. He explained that the Board of Directors, sitting as the Constitution and By-Law Committee, reviewed the issue of a single county that chose not to pay dues and participate in the County Commissioners Association for 2015. It was discussed that there is nothing very specific about this situation in the Constitution and By-Laws. The Committee therefore felt it was appropriate to bring a recommendation to the membership at this meeting to add some clarity.

 

Strinden stated that an amendment to Article II, Section 1, was drafted to specify that regular membership includes the ability to offer resolutions, vote at this meeting, and to serve on standing committees and the board of directors. He noted that the Board felt it was logical that these membership privileges would not be available to non-due paying commissioners, but the Board felt it would be best to be very clear.  Strinden then moved the adoption of the proposed amendment to Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution and By-Laws, as printed in the meeting materials and mailed to all dues-paying members.

 

A second was received; and after discussion, the motion passed on a voice vote.

 

Bruce Strinden (Morton), 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:

 

2015-01. Highway Construction and State Funding.

2015-02. Federal Highway Funding.

2015-03. Human Service Financing.  

2015-04. Justice Reinvestment & Behavioral Health.                                                 

2015-05. Election Equipment.                                                  

2015-06. Waters of the United States.

2015-07. Crude Oil Export. 

2015-08. Tobacco Taxation. 

2015-09. Right-of-Way Grass & Weed Mowing. 

                                                                       

It was requested by Alan Walter (Ward) that resolution 2015-08 be separated for individual action. 

 

Strinden then moved that all resolutions, with the exception of the 2015-08, be adopted.  The motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

Strinden then moved the adoption of 2015-08, and the motion was seconded and discussion followed. At conclusion of the discussion, a voice vote was taken. The chair was in doubt, and a show of hands indicated that the motion passed.

 

The President announced the conclusion of the resolutions portion of the business meeting. He then announced that he would like to recognize those board members leaving the board, presenting a plaque to Ken Teubner (Towner) for his years of service to the Association. He noted that past president Doug Graupe (Divide) will also be leaving the board and will be sent a plaque, as he was unable to attend this convention.

 

The President then invited President-Elect Bruce Strinden to the podium and formally passed him the gavel. Strinden then asked Johnston to remain at the podium and presented Duane with a plaque recognizing his years of service as President of the Association.

 

Past President Johnson addressed the members, thanking them for their support and assistance over the past several years, and urging them all to become involved.  Newly-elected President Strinden addressed the members, thanking them for their support.

 

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

 

Approved by Board Resolution: _____________________________

                                                              Mark A. Johnson, Secretary

 

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