The City of Bismarck’s City Commission has four City Commissioners and one President of the Commission, the Mayor. BISMARCK -- Burleigh County will hold a special meeting Monday, Dec. 9, to take comment on whether to continue accepting refugees, after the topic drew an overflow crowd to a regular county commission meeting this week and discussion had to be called off. Tom Baker Meeting Room City County Office Building 221 N. 5th St. Bismarck, ND We have been through a lot and we’re only coming to North Dakota because we want to survive,” said Refugee Harris. “I think I had 600 e-mails in the last three or four days and initially it was 90-10 against having the refugee program. North Dakota has received 202 refugees since the 2018 fiscal year, according to the U.S. State Department Refugee Processing Center. We’re better than that folks. The BeLocal magazine began as a way for both those new to Ward County, and longtime residents, to learn about local businesses, nonprofits and things to do in the area. Three resettlement agencies including Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, of which Lutheran Social Services is an affiliate, have sued in federal court. The commission delayed the first meeting out of fairness to everyone who wanted to speak. Burleigh County Commissioners are elected at large on a non-partisan basis for staggered four-year terms. People who attended Monday's meeting were not able to comment during the meeting. © 1998 - 2021 Nexstar Inc. | All Rights Reserved. “Experience in government at this time is very, very critical,” Woodcox said. Related Videos. During the meeting, a motion was also made to limit the number of refugees accepted in Burleigh County to 25 at most in 2020. The Burleigh County Commission in January nixed the idea of a nonbinding straw poll on the future of refugee resettlement in the county. She said it was due to the governor’s guidelines […] North Dakota Gov. On Nov. 6, voters will award commission seats to three of “I’m real familiar with the workings of county government,” Bitner said. 0:53. The Burleigh County Human Service Zone Board voted Dec. 29 to end Osadchuk's role on Jan. 15 at the agency that oversees services such as … ND The Burleigh County Commission did the right thing when it approved the continued resettlement of refugees in the area. County commissioners delayed a vote after 25 people had to be moved upstairs for space and fire code reasons. We have starved, we have seen wars, we have suffered, we have been hungry. The commission meeting was standing room only Monday evening in Burleigh County and had to be rescheduled. There are two spots open on the Burleigh County Commission, and four candidates running. “It should be embarrassing to every one of us, that this thing has degenerated into some sort of name-calling and racism thing, or anything else like that. Unfortunately, some of the commissioners … The public will be able to voice opinions on whether to give consent to Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota to continue resettling refugees in the county. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health employs public health professionals who work to protect the health of the population. In North Dakota today we have the highest rate of young people, those refugees make our kids here well-rounded,” said Bismarck resident and Haitian refugee Pierre-Louis. The Burleigh County Commission meeting was paused momentarily after Representative Rick Becker of Bismarck was struck by God and reduced to ash following several days of false doctrine social media posts. Commissioner Jim Peluso estimated he had received about 150 phone calls and text messages from people, mostly against refugee resettlement. During the meeting, a motion was also made to limit the number of refugees accepted in Burleigh County to 25 at most in 2020. Doug Burgum last month sent a letter of consent to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to "receive resettlement refugees, in conjunction with the continued assent and cooperation of local jurisdictions in our state.". Doug Burgum’s 2021 State of the State address, Congress recesses as Trump supporters invade U.S. Capitol, clash with police, North Dakota’s Meth Problem has been Getting Worse for Years; It’s Not Going Away Anytime Soon, Legislation would allow extra-long semis on North Dakota roads. The work we do in public health affects lives every day. BEK Sports. Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. Here is how each voted: Oct 15, 2020 — Posted Oct 9, 2020 2:34 PM . 2018 November 29 August 30 May 31 February 22. Burleigh County Commission Meetings are held twice a month, usually, on the first and third Monday at 5:00 PM and follow a formal agenda. The public is invited to attend these meetings held in the Tom Baker Meeting Room of the City\County Office Building, 221 N 5th St, Bismarck ND. The commission will officially accept the resignations at its Monday meeting. In a vote of 3 to 2 from the Burleigh County Commission, refugees will be allowed to resettle in Burleigh County. 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A year ago, KX News introduced you to a Minot woman who came up with a way to make the most out of their local communities through a publication. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. On Friday, Jan 8, the Beulah Police Department received a tip that the man, a fugitive, was hiding in the Beulah area. 5.8K Views. 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. Burleigh County Planning Commission. BREAKING: Burleigh County commissioners vote to allow refugee resettlement with a cap of 25 for next year after a four hour hearing. More than 100 people attended the regular county commission meeting on Monday, Dec. 2. "We have so little information about what this is that it's very difficult to go against your constituents when you hear 90% against any type of resettlement or assimilation," he said. Peluso said it was unfair for Lutheran Social Services to "come to this commission now and try to change public perception.". 2019 May 30 February 28. During the 2019 fiscal year, 24 refugees arrived in Bismarck, according to Lutheran Social Services. Serving the residents of Burleigh County in North Dakota. The proposal to continue resettling refugees comes in response to President Donald Trump's executive order in September allowing for state and local governments to decide whether to receive or reject resettled refugees. As the hours ticked by, tempers started to grow short between the commission and the overflow crowd. People talk about taking care of their own. Burleigh County Social Service Board – Videos. Burleigh County Commission includes Chair Brian Bitner, Vice Chair Jerry Woodcox, Commissioner Mark Armstrong, Commissioner Kathleen Jones and Commissioner Jim Peluso. The commission delayed a vote on consenting to the continuation of refugee resettlement, to give a large crowd more opportunity to comment. In 2018, the state received 162 refugees, followed by 127 in 2019. Tom Baker Meeting Room - City/County Building 221 North 5th Street, Bismarck, ND Government Access TV - VOD Meetings. After 4 hours of public comment and discussion, it came down to a 3-2 vote which went in favor of allowing the resettlement of refugees within Burleigh County. Website: Burleigh County Commission Government Meeting Schedule. 2017 November 30 August 31 June 29 May 25 April 27 March 30 February 23 January 26. We’ve been robbed of a lot of things. MEETING OF THE BOARD OF CITY COMMISSIONERS October 21, 2020 On October 21, 2020 at 5:15 p.m., in the large conference room of the Public Works building, the Board of City Commissioners met for a Special Board of Health Meeting to receive an update from Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health Director Renae Moch and to “I stand here today imploring everyone in Burleigh County to ask themselves, ‘What would Satan say? “We work. We do the work as refugees to move this country and what makes America great is the diversity we have. Burleigh County Commission Meeting 11/15/2021 Annual Tax Sale (10:00 AM) 11/16/2021 County Offices Closed 11/25/2021 Burleigh County Commission Meeting 12/6/2021 Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting 12/8/2021 Burleigh County Commission Meeting … 2021 January 4. Over 400 people were in attendance at the Dec. 9 meeting at Horizon Middle School to voice their opinions. . 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This community does not need that divisive bull****, OK?” said Bitner. Burleigh County Commission. Burleigh County Commission Meeting from Horizon Middle School, Bismarck, ND. Burleigh County is the final county in North Dakota allowing consent for refugees because Cass County and Grand Forks County approved consent earlier this month. People listen during a Burleigh County Commission meeting in December in Bismarck, N.D. 2020 December 9 November 12 October 14 September 9 August 12 July 8 June 10 April 8 March 11 February 12. Refugee resettlement has declined annually in North Dakota since the 2017 fiscal year, when the state received 420 refugees. Meeting of the Burleigh County Commission. Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken voiced his opposition to new refugee resettlements at a Burleigh County Commission meeting in Bismarck on Dec. 9. “Count the homeless people sitting on the benches, the bench right in front of city hall, mostly native Americans, a couple of veterans. The mandate has a goal of lowering the area's 14-day rolling average positivity rate to … Among COVID-19 topics discussed at Wednesday’s special City of Bismarck Board of Health meeting with City Commissioners, the possibility of a mask mandate was brought up. Grand Forks, “Let’s help them become productive citizens. Most refugees, 57%, came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while the second highest number of refugees, 8%, came from Bhutan. Website: Burleigh County Planning Commission Government Meeting Schedule. During the meeting, a commissioner could propose for the commission to vote on the request. North Dakota is expected to receive 18 refugees during the 2020 fiscal year. Shirley Dykshoorn, vice president for senior and humanitarian services for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, addresses the Burleigh County Commission on Monday. Commissioner Nancy Guy made a motion to discuss a possible mask mandate at the upcoming commission meeting on Oct. 27. Burleigh County Commission includes Chair Brian Bitner, Vice Chair Jerry Woodcox, Commissioner Mark Armstrong, Commissioner Kathleen Jones and Commissioner Jim Peluso. Some of the most passionate testimony came from refugees like Masa Harris and Ricardo Pierre-Louis. Commissioner Woodcox voted in favor of resettlement and told KX News it has been a busy couple of weeks. Jan 5 – Mandan City Commission Jan 4 – Burleigh County Commission Dec 29 – Human Service Zone Board Dec 28 – Mandan Planning & Zoning Comm. Special Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. It was not an easy decision but one we had to make and I’m glad it’s done and we can move forward with it,” said Woodcox. 2019. More . KX News spoke with one refugee who told us Burleigh County avoided a major black eye Monday night. Commissioner Jerry Woodcox asked if Lutheran Social Services would be able to place a quota on the amount of refugees resettled. Once elected, the board represents the City as a whole while exercising both legislative and executive powers to govern the City of Bismarck. Many audience members had heard of the meeting through social media, where the proposal has been a hot topic. Website: Burleigh County Social Service Board Government Meeting Schedule. (Andy Tsubasa Field / Bismarck Tribune), 375 2nd Ave N, His staff, along with commissioners, considered holding the meeting at the Bismarck Event Center, but the county would have been charged $3,775.The school district doesn’t charge to hold special meetings. PO Box 1255, Bismarck, ND 58502-1255. January 4, 2021. 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The commission was considering whether to accept more international refugees to the county. It doesn’t matter of your background, your religion or who you are, we are coming together as a community,” said Nyamal Dei, a South Sudan refugee. What is the strength of the United States, commissioners? June’s primary election resulted in six of eight Burleigh County Commission candidates advancing to compete in the general election. A man holds a sign in opposition during a special meeting on refugee resettlement held by the Burleigh County Commission on Monday in Bismarck. . Why aren’t we taking care of them? They’re here already…they’re here now,” said resident Mike Karleson. “We’re not coming to North Dakota to rob anybody, hell, we have been robbed of our childhood. Commissioners are elected for four-year terms and are limited to three consecutive terms. “It showed that we have a side of unity, togetherness. We serve all residents of Bismarck and Burleigh County. The last two days it swung completely around to 70-30 in favor of having resettlement. An Oregon man is in custody after kidnapping a a 7-year-old and attempting to flee to Canada. Shirley Dykshoorn, Lutheran Social Services' vice president for senior and humanitarian services, responded that the nonprofit could "indicate that there would be a certain capacity to resettlement" when it files its annual report to its national nonprofit partners, including Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. North Dakota has been among states that resettled the most refugees per capita every fiscal year since 2016, according to annual reports from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Bismarck City Commission voted to approve a mandate during a six-hour meeting on Oct. 27. Copyright 2018 Burleigh County Water Resource District - All rights reserved. It is our diversity!” said resident and migrant Klaus Lemkie. Dozens of mayors across the country also have condemned the order. 2020 December 21 December 7 November 16 November 5 October 19 October 5 September 16 September 2 August 17 August 3 … The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Horizon Middle School cafeteria, according to Burleigh County Interim Auditor Allan Vietmeier. The Dec. 9 meeting was a continuation of last Monday’s meeting, where more than 100 people showed and overflowed the commission’s normal meeting space. Incumbents Brian Bitner and Jerry Woodcox say they bring experience to the job. In 2018, Bismarck received 22. Commissioners did not take a stance on the issue during Monday's meeting, but they did briefly discuss it.