Voters have come to Bitner with issues with roads and county staffing levels, but Bitner said that things also come up every day that have to be addressed. Bitner voted against the refugee program in … I believe in transparency and truth. He also cited the reduction in the county's portion of property taxes this year, pointing out that the county postponed highway projects and did not give employees a cost-of-living increase. Dakota Media Access Bitner earned 27% of the vote and Matthews 26% to win spots on the Burleigh County Commission in the general election. County roads are in generally good condition, Woodcox said, though there has been a reduction in tax revenue that pays for roadwork. Some people have said masks are a way to help the community, while others call a mandate government overreach. There was a problem saving your notification. September 2, 2020. "Government doesn't always have all the solutions.". "There are tons of people using a public road," he said. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. I believe in transparency and truth. There are no reviews yet. Among several energy-related bills to hit the Legislature this week, North Dakota regulators want authority to go after corporate leaders who flagrantly disregard oil patch spills. North Dakota's congressional delegation has denounced the violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump; Democrats are critical of past GOP actions. Please subscribe to keep reading. I am running for Burleigh County Commissioner. You have permission to edit this article. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. He added that refugees are different than immigrants. Stay up-to-date on the latest in local and national government and political topics with our newsletter. Burleigh County Commissioner Brian Bitner is also rerunning for his seat. on September 18, 2020. I’m Andrea Toman, and I’m a digital native, working remotely, with roots in North Dakota. For instructions on how to vote by mail and to access resources, please visit the links below. Burleigh County Commission. He says he's listening to the citizens who have asked him to run again. Bitner also said he wants to be careful not to overextend the county as growth happens, and he wants to balance the needs of the county with any development. He said he is seeking reelection because some residents have asked him to run again. He praised the formation of the budget committee, saying it was the first time in his years on the commission that a group examined department budgets "with a fine-tooth comb.". "It's important to have experienced leaders to bring us out of the COVID and energy crises," he said. Burleigh County Commissioners are elected at large on a non-partisan basis for staggered four-year terms. He said he has looked up data on masks, including on mask manufacturers. Some candidates in recent interviews listed concerns with the makeup of the Burleigh County Human Service Zone Board or the state of county roads, and others addressed growth in the county and last winter's debate over refugee resettlement. The Department of Human Services investigated claims that Osadchuk created a hostile work environment and ultimately declined to hire her as the full-time zone director. A Trump administration executive order requires communities to approve the arrival of new refugees. then {{format_dollars}}{{start_price}}{{format_cents}} per month. Bitner said the process for creating the 2021 budget went well and he would use the budget committee again. Commissioner Kathleen Jones has resigned from the board, and other commissioners will leave after a new Human Service Zone director is hired, which should happen by the end of the year. League of Women Voters - Burleigh County Commission Candidate Profile with Brian Geloff. "Why are the people who live there the only ones paying for it?". Vice Chair Jim Peluso 6131 Ponderosa Ave Bismarck, ND 58503 701-220-0110 December 3, 2018 - December 5, 2022 E-mail Portfolios: Building/Planning/Zoning Burleigh County Morton County For more information and resources for the upcoming election, visit vote.nd.gov or… Woodcox said development in the county should be analyzed as it comes. Lonnie Laffen, a co-founder of JLG Architects and a former Grand Forks state senator, died Wednesday night after a heart attack at age 62. She added that she sees the divide in the community over the response to the pandemic as hurtful and harmful. Election Resources How to Vote In response to COVID-19, both Morton County and Burleigh County will conduct their respective elections by mail this year. Commissioner Jim Peluso 6131 Ponderosa Ave Bismarck, ND 58503 701-220-0110 About 200 people gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in Bismarck on Wednesday to show their support for Republican President Donald Trump. Geloff said he would "absolutely" like to see a trend of flat or decreased property taxes continue, and he would like to see an end to special assessments for roadwork. I believe in transparency and truth. Incumbent Burleigh County Commissioners Jerry Woodcox and Brian Bitner seek reelection. However, she said the county needs to balance low property taxes with the needs of the community so there isn't a large increase in taxes in the future. Brian Bitner, Brian Geloff, Becky Matthews and Jerry Woodcox are campaigning for the seats. See what's new with book lending at the Internet Archive, Uploaded by Matthews doesn't think the format of a January public meeting held on the refugee resettlement matter was effective to answer residents' questions about the cost of resettlement. Skip to main content. I am running for Burleigh County Commissioner. Matthews said the county's 2021 budget process seemed "clear cut" because the work was done up front through the budget committee, and she likes that the county is holding steady on or even cutting taxes. ", The county is in excellent financial shape, Woodcox said, and the commission has been conservative when it comes to taxes. The highway department limited the amount of road work done this year because of COVID-19, he said, but there are some county roads that need work now. {{start_at_rate}} {{format_dollars}} {{start_price}} {{format_cents}} {{term}}, {{promotional_format_dollars}}{{promotional_price}}{{promotional_format_cents}} {{term}}, NFL Wildcard Weekend: Follow the latest scores and updates, Schools' pandemic response a hot topic in superintendent race, Armstrong faces first reelection test in North Dakota U.S. House race, Trump rally held at state Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota congressional delegation, governor denounce Capitol occupation, Lawmakers consider letting extra-long trucks travel I-94, Oil industry seeks relief on late royalty payments to state, Energy regulators target irresponsible corporate heads; other bills address gas storage, contamination, JLG co-founder Lonnie Laffen, a former state senator, dies at 62. He said he has worked with other governments in the area and that experience will prove necessary to guide Burleigh County in the future. She also said she saw a need for the investigation into Osadchuk. Search: She thinks her experience would be helpful on the board. Geloff says he wants to be the voice of the people. September 3, 2020. He said he has watched videos of meetings on Dakota Media Access from as far back as 2016 to learn more about the workings of the county and other entities. "They want fresh eyes and a new voice.". September 2, 2020. They have been persecuted for their religious or political beliefs, and they have been vetted by the government. Address: 514 E. Thayer Ave., ... [email protected] North Dakota Supreme Court. Bitner has served on the commission since 2008, owns his own construction company and is a Marine Corps veteran. There are two spots open on the Burleigh County Commission, and four candidates running. David was born in Bismarck on Oct. 30, 1964, to Ronald and Patricia Andahl, David was passionate about farming and ranching, his home state, and the quality of life of its people. Burleigh County Commissioner Kathleen Jones asked that each entity talk with their boards about the possibility of sharing the cost of an arborist and horticulturalist position. I was born and raised in rural Burleigh county on a farm north of Sterling. The debate over whether to continue allowing refugee resettlement came as a surprise at the time, Bitner said. "The opportunity to get information out in an unbiased way was missed," she said. “Experience in government at this time is very, very critical,” Woodcox said. The issue of refugee resettlement has not come up this year since no refugees have been placed in the county in 2020, Woodcox said. Geloff first became interested in the commission during the refugee debate last winter, and he became more interested as the COVID-19 pandemic started earlier this year. BISMARCK — After several hours of highly contentious public comment, the Burleigh County Commission voted Monday, Dec. 9, to continue accepting refugees for resettlement in the county. As a candidate for Burleigh County Commissioner, I hope to represent the interests of the hard-working residents of Burleigh County. “I would like to bring members of the private sector, public sector and nonprofits to the table to find solutions,” Matthews said. He suggested representation from the city and county commissions, social workers and perhaps teachers to provide a better perspective. You can cancel at any time. The County Commission is the governing body of the County responsible for overseeing County activities and working to ensure that citizen concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and County operations run smoothly. The zone board had voted to recommend hiring Osadchuk. Be the first one to, League of Women Voters – Burleigh County Commission Candidate Profile with Brian Geloff, LeagueOfWomenVoters2020-09-02-BurleighCountyCommissionCandidateProfileWithBrianGeloff, Advanced embedding details, examples, and help, Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International, Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014). "People want to see a change," he said. County roads were good for the past 20 or 30 years, Geloff said, but now he would like to see them maintained more. He says he wants to bring more transparency to the commission. Together we own and operate F n’ G Repair Inc. in South Bismarck. She would like the county to continuously monitor what the community can handle and contact local schools and law enforcement to see what services refugees are using. They defeated Jerry Woodcox (25%) and Brian Geloff … Hi! Whether a business closes or requires masks should be left up to the business owner, Geloff said. Home | About the Office | Contact Us | Forms Troubleshooting | . Enjoy unlimited articles at one of our lowest prices ever. If elected, Matthews said, she wants to involve community members in the commission’s work. Burleigh County Commission Chairman Jerry Woodcox and Commissioner Brian Bitner are attempting to renew their terms, but they will have to face Becky Matthews and Brian Geloff, both of … He would like to see the Burleigh County Human Service Zone Board have a more diverse makeup. David Dean Andahl, 55, passed away on Oct. 5, 2020. He said he doesn't want developments to disturb rural life, and that they should be closer to Bismarck to ensure adequate access to infrastructure. County planning and zoning has done a great job the past few years, Geloff said. Bismarck's outward growth is going to happen, he said, but the county can't let things "go by the wayside" and should watch the use of variances and special use permits. 26 talking about this. Matthews, who works in early childhood intervention, said she is running because she brings a new perspective, specifically when it comes to the Burleigh County Human Service Zone Board. One of Matthews’ main goals is to get the county through the COVID-19 pandemic and work to rebuild afterward. He says he wants to bring more transparency to the commission. The trade group representing North Dakota’s oil industry is asking lawmakers to ease the amount of interest and penalties the state can charge companies for unpaid oil and gas royalties. 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