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NDCCA Annual Business Meeting

October 7, 2019 - Bismarck Event Center

 

President Hauck called the business meeting to order at 4:00 PM, appointing NDACo Legal Counsel, Aaron Birst, as Parliamentarian for the meeting.

 

The President 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.

 

Perry Turner (McIntosh) 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. He noted that the Board is not recommending any changes to the dues for 2020-2021. Turner then moved the adoption of the Treasurer’s Report, including the proposed budget and dues level for 2020-2021. The motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

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

 

Region I: Doug Norby (McKenzie) standing in for Gene Veeder (McKenzie) reported that they held an election and Veeder was reelected to serve as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region I. He stated their discussion focused on resolutions.

 

Region II: Trudy Ruland (Mountrail) reported that they did not hold an election and she would continue as the regional representative to the NDACo Board. It was then reported that the caucus also talked about youth supervision and will be bringing forth an added resolution.

 

Region III: Stanley Dick (Cavalier) reported that they held an election and he was reelected to serve as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region III. He stated their discussion included support for an amendment to the resolution on liquid tobacco products.

 

Region IV: Maynard Loibl (Nelson) reported that they did not hold an election and he would continue as the regional representative to the NDACo Board. The caucus discussed the need for more day care centers in ND.

 

Region V: Mary Scherling (Cass) reported that they held an election and she was reelected to serve as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region V. She stated their discussion included support for all the resolutions, and they were supportive of some of the changes on the social services redesign resolution if brought forward.

 

Region VI: Becky Hagel (Foster) reported that they did not hold an election and she would continue to serve as the regional representative to the NDACo Board. This region specifically discussed the resolution on the Legacy Fund.

 

Region VII: Steve Lee (McLean) reported that they held an election and he was reelected to serve as regional representative on the NDACo Board for Region VII. The group did not vote to support or oppose any resolution but wanted discussion on SIRN.

 

Region VIII: Scott Ouradnik (Slope) reported that as he is moving into the Past President’s position, their region held an election; and Lynn Brackel of Bowman County was elected to serve as the Region VIII representative to the NDACo Board.

 

The President called for the standing committee reports.

 

Kathy Skarda (McKenzie), 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. Scott Ouradnik (Slope) moved the acceptance of the report; the motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

David Montgomery (Williams), as co-chair of the Resolutions Committee, presented its report. He informed the members that he was going to read the titles of all 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:

 

2019-01. Transportation Funding.

2019-02. Social Services Redesign.

2019-03. Recreational Marijuana Legalization.

2019-04. Addressing Dilapidated Properties.

2019-05. Behavioral Health.

2019-06. Prison Prioritization Plan.

2019-07. Jail Standards.

2019 -08. Youth Development.

2019-09. Statewide Interoperable Radio Network (SIRN).

2019-10. Cybersecurity.

2019-11. Ambulance Support.

2019-12. Court Service Availability.

2019-13. Legacy Fund.

2019-14. Childcare.

2019-15. Sewage Treatment Systems.

2019-16. Taxation of Liquid Nicotine and Electronic Smoking Devices.

2019-17. Opioid Drug Misuse.

2019-18. Ethanol Use.

2019-19. Use of Cryptocurrency.

2019-20. Residential Property Tax Exemptions.

 

Requests were made to debate resolutions 2019-09, 2019-16 and 2019-17 separately.

 

Montgomery then moved all the resolutions except for the three requested for separate discussion. The motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

Montgomery then moved the adoption of resolution 2019-09. The motion was seconded, and discussion was requested. Marvin Schwehr (Mercer) moved to amend 2019-09 by adding a sentence at the end, which would read: “This Association further requests the formation of a study committee of commissioners from each region to evaluate the needs, impacts, and benefits of SIRN to counties.” The motion to amend was seconded and discussed. The current structure of regional “CRIBS” or Coordinated Regional Interoperability Boards was explained. The motion to amend failed on a show of hands. The main motion was then passed on a voice vote.

 

Montgomery then moved the adoption of resolution 2019-16. The motion was seconded, and discussion was requested. Stan Dick (Cavalier) moved to amend 2019-16 by adding a final sentence which would read: “This Association further urges the Legislature to place a moratorium on the sale of liquid and electronic smoking devices until research and proper regulation can ensure the safety of the consumer.” The motion to amend was seconded and, after considerable discussion, was passed by a show of hands. The main motion to adopt the resolution, now as amended, passed on a voice vote.

 

Montgomery then moved the adoption of resolution 2019-17. After a second and discussion, the motion passed on a voice vote.

 

President Hauck thanked Montgomery and the nominating committee for their work, and then announced that one resolution had been submitted from the membership in conformance with the by-laws, and invited Trudy Ruland (Mountrail) to address the membership.

 

Trudy Ruland moved to adopt a resolution titled Attendant Care/Safe Beds, which was then displayed on the screen. The motion was seconded and Shelley Weppler (Ward) explained the resolution. The motion carried on voice vote.

 

For the Nominating Committee, Trudy Ruland (Mountrail) 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 three director positions are on the ballot.

 

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

 

  • For NDCCA President, Perry Turner (McIntosh)

  • For NDCCA Vice President, Chad Peterson (Cass)

  • For NDCCA Treasurer, Cody Schulz (Morton)

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

    • Charlie Adams (Bottineau)

    • David Montgomery (Williams)

    • Joan Hollekim (Mountrail)

 

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

 

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

     

The Nominating Committee Chair then moved to place the names in nomination. The motion was seconded.

 

President Hauck 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 Trudy Ruland (Mountrail) to cast a unanimous ballot for the proposed slate of candidates. The motion was seconded and passed on a voice vote.

 

President Hauck congratulated those elected and asked Past President, Bruce Strinden (Morton) to the podium to accept a plaque recognizing his years of service on the Board of Directors. Strinden accepted the award and briefly addressed the membership.

 

Perry Turner (McIntosh) was then invited to the podium to receive the gavel from President Hauck. Turner accepted the gavel and presented Hauck with a plaque recognizing his years of service as President of the Association. Hauck thanked the membership, discussing how much he enjoyed the two years as president and urging all to consider involvement. Newly-elected President Turner then addressed the assembly, thanking the members for their support.

 

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

 

Approved by Board Resolution: _____________________________

Terry Traynor, Secretary

 

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