Bennett County minutes 5-1-13






The Bennett County Board of Commissioners met in regular session Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, in the Courtroom.

The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Chairman Rolf Kraft.

Commissioners present: Rolf Kraft, Newton Cummings, Dennis Gregg, Jason Fanning and Wayne Bond.

Others Present: Susan Williams, Auditor; Ken Orrock, States Attorney.

Minutes Approved

The regular minutes of the April 26th, 2013 meeting were approved with a motion by Dennis Gregg and a second by Jason Fanning.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Board of Equalization

The minutes of the April 26th, 2013 Board of Equalization were approved with a motion by Wayne Bond and seconded by Newton Cummings.

All voted aye. Motion carried.

Auditor’s Account with Treasurer

To the Honorable Board of County Commissioners 

of Bennett County:

I hereby submit the following report of my examination of the cash and cash items in the hands of the County Treasurer of this County as of April 30th, 2013.

Balance on hand – County $1,620,200.33

Cash Change Account $350.00

Restricted Funds $452,773.51

Savings Accounts $117,205.63

Cash and Checks $113.763.48

Treasurer’s Change Fund - $150.00

NSF Checks $0.00

TOTAL $2,304,142.95

Dated this 2nd day of May, 2013.


Susan Williams, Auditor

April Report

Register of Deeds: $2,213.62.

States Attorney

Ken Orrock, States Attorney, met with the Board. The Commissioners expressed their concern for the high cost of the jail and court system and their frustration with not having any control and the lack of funding available. Mr. Orrock reported the Bennett County statistics show Bennett County has some of the highest numbers in the state and they have the highest crime rate per capita in the state. He stated they are trying to be more efficient and work with the judges to get cases handled faster. Mr. Orrock also stated the juvenile problem is extremely high and the county is working with the tribe to set up some kind of assistance for the juvenile delinquent problem. Mr. Orrock stated he felt the crime rate and court system will get better. Mr. Orrock felt the County should meet with the Attorney General and the Governor to request assistance due to the high cost to the County and due to the unique situation Bennett County is in with the small tax base and the high amount of crime.

Nursing Home Van

The Board considered a request from the Hospital to obtain accumulated interest from the Reynolds Memorial to purchase a Nursing Home Van. Jason Fanning made a motion to approve the release of Reynolds Memorial accumulated interest to the Bennett County Nursing Home in the amount of $25,393.50 for the purchase of a Nursing Home Van. Wayne Bond seconded.

All voted aye. Motion carried.


There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, Jason Fanning made a motion to adjourn with a second by Wayne Bond.

All voted aye. Motion carried.


Rolf Kraft, Chairman


Susan Williams, Auditor

The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s meeting room.

Published once at the total approximate cost of $53.94

Published: May 15, 2013

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