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<br />Commission Minutes--August 19, 2004 2779 <br />DEPARTMENT HEADS--PLEASE POST IN A CONSPICUOUS PLACE FOR STAFF TO READ <br /> <br />SPECIAL MEETING OF CASS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br />MEETING IN BUDGET SESSION <br />AUGUST 19, 2004 <br /> <br />1. <br /> <br />MEETING TO ORDER <br />Chairwoman Robyn Sorum called the budget meeting to order at 8:15 AM on August 19, <br />2004, in the Commission Room, Cass County Courthouse, with members present as <br />follows: John Meyer, Vern Bennett, Darrell Vanyo, Scott Wagner and Robyn Sorum. <br />Also present were County Auditor Michael Montplaisir, County Coordinator Bonnie <br />Johnson and Accountant Mary Matheson. <br /> <br />2. <br /> <br />BUDGET REVIEW <br />State's Attorney <br />Birch Burdick, State's Attorney, was present. His budget includes $9,100 for a law clerk <br />to work full-time during the summer and part-time the rest of the year. He is requesting <br />two new positions, a senior attorney and legal secretary. He discussed increases in <br />cases and said overall caseloads have increased a little over 6% since last year. Mr. <br />Bennett asked if figures are available on the number of cases completed annually and Mr. <br />Burdick said his office keeps track of the number of cases that are added each year. <br /> <br />Reqional Child Support <br />Kathy Ziegelmann, Regional Child Support Director, was present. She said her budget <br />has not changed much since last year and the main increases are for salaries and <br />benefits. She discussed office equipment purchases for a new copier to replace a ten- <br />year old model; modular conference room; file room shelving; and stack kit materials to <br />raise the height of the legal secretary work stations. <br /> <br />Red River Valley Fair <br />Bruce Olson, Fair Manager, was present. Their budget request for 2005 has increased <br />$5,900 compared to last year. <br />MOTION, passed <br />Mr. Wagner moved and Mr. Meyer seconded to approve the 2005 Red <br />River Valley Fair budget request in the amount of $104,400 as <br />presented. Discussion: Mr. Wagner said this is about a 6% increase <br />from last year. Mr. Vanyo and Mr. Meyer commended Mr. Olson for <br />his work and his willingness to listen when problems have arisen <br />over the past year. On roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously. <br /> <br />Extension Services <br />Brad Cogdill, Extension Service Agent, was present. The budget includes office supplies <br />and furniture as a result of an ergonomic assessment; additional equipment for the video <br />conference system so it is fully operational; funds for a computer training room with costs <br />to be shared with Information Technology and Emergency Management; and a new <br />employee to help with support of the Parenting Resource Center, with some of the costs <br />for the employee being funded by NDSU. <br />MOTION, passed <br />Mr. Vanyo moved and Mr. Wagner seconded to approve the 2005 <br />Extension Service budget request as presented. On roll call vote, the <br />motion carried unanimously. <br />