The Cavalier County Commission prepared for budget time at the last meeting held on Tuesday, August 1.
By Melissa Anderson
The commission had a short agenda that was full of discussion.
The commission received a total of five IT proposals for the county network and servers. Additional proposals were received from Armor Interactive from Bismarck represented by Allan Ibach and Simplify IT based in Fargo in addition to the three previous proposals submitted by NRG in Bismarck, Computer Express located in Oakes as well as local IT company Svar Technology owned by Casey Bredeson of Langdon.
The commission thoroughly reviewed all the proposals that had been presented that day as well as those previously presented. Ultimately, the commission decided to go with Jamie Olson with Computer Express based in Oakes.
The commission focused primarily on preparing for the final budget and reviewed all the budgets given thus far by the departments in order to create a county budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
Cavalier County Road Supervisor Terry Johnston gave his department updates on road projects as well as culvert requests. Johnston and the commission discussed proposed road projects for the 2018 construction season using the project map with designated funds from the excess road levy. They are currently ahead of schedule for the road maintenance plan for the excess levy and have used a lot of funding for the previous projects from state and federal.
Johnston also discussed with the commission issues with a plow truck and the upcoming winter plowing season.
In Other Business
• The commission heard preliminary budget proposals from the Cavalier County Weed Board, Cavalier County Library, and maintenance department for the courthouse for 2018. Devils Lake Basin also presented their budget which asked for 2 mills to be garnered for their use. The commission approved the request.