People listen during a Burleigh County Commission meeting in December in Bismarck, N.D. 2021 January 4. 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. 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. During the meeting, a motion was also made to limit the number of refugees accepted in Burleigh County to 25 at most in 2020. 2019 May 30 February 28. There are two spots open on the Burleigh County Commission, and four candidates running. Website: Burleigh County Commission Government Meeting Schedule. Some of the most passionate testimony came from refugees like Masa Harris and Ricardo Pierre-Louis. This community does not need that divisive bull****, OK?” said Bitner. Burleigh County Planning Commission. Unfortunately, some of the commissioners … BREAKING: Burleigh County commissioners vote to allow refugee resettlement with a cap of 25 for next year after a four hour hearing. 2019 December 11 … © 1998 - 2021 Nexstar Inc. | All Rights Reserved. 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On Nov. 6, voters will award commission seats to three of 2020 December 9 November 12 October 14 September 9 August 12 July 8 June 10 April 8 March 11 February 12. 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. 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. Burleigh County Commission includes Chair Brian Bitner, Vice Chair Jerry Woodcox, Commissioner Mark Armstrong, Commissioner Kathleen Jones and Commissioner Jim Peluso. Tom Baker Meeting Room - City/County Building 221 North 5th Street, Bismarck, ND "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. Burleigh County Commissioners are elected at large on a non-partisan basis for staggered four-year terms. The commission meeting was standing room only Monday evening in Burleigh County and had to be rescheduled. What is the strength of the United States, commissioners? “It showed that we have a side of unity, togetherness. Burleigh County Commission. Tom’s Sunday Evening #OneMinuteForecast 1/10/21, Minot magazine emphasizes the power of local through social media during pandemic, Tech expert explains potential fallout of social media sites banning President Trump, Gymnastics: Dickinson wins Century Invite, Class B Basketball: Our Redeemer’s and Kenmare split series, Shiloh Christian splits with Oak Grove, WDA Basketball: Bismarck and Mandan girls win big, Mandan and Century boys win at home, College basketball: UMary defeats St. Tom Baker Meeting Room City County Office Building 221 N. 5th St. Bismarck, ND Oct 15, 2020 — Posted Oct 9, 2020 2:34 PM . Commissioner Nancy Guy made a motion to discuss a possible mask mandate at the upcoming commission meeting on Oct. 27. “Count the homeless people sitting on the benches, the bench right in front of city hall, mostly native Americans, a couple of veterans. Jan 5 – Mandan City Commission Jan 4 – Burleigh County Commission Dec 29 – Human Service Zone Board Dec 28 – Mandan Planning & Zoning Comm. 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. In 2018, the state received 162 refugees, followed by 127 in 2019. 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. Dozens of mayors across the country also have condemned the order. Many who attended the meeting say … Serving the residents of Burleigh County in North Dakota. 2021. 2017 November 30 August 31 June 29 May 25 April 27 March 30 February 23 January 26. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Horizon Middle School cafeteria, according to Burleigh County Interim Auditor Allan Vietmeier. 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. Website: Burleigh County Planning Commission Government Meeting Schedule. 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 … We have been through a lot and we’re only coming to North Dakota because we want to survive,” said Refugee Harris. They’re here already…they’re here now,” said resident Mike Karleson. 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. In a vote of 3 to 2 from the Burleigh County Commission, refugees will be allowed to resettle in Burleigh County. Related Videos. The commission was considering whether to accept more international refugees to the county. We’ve been robbed of a lot of things. “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. We serve all residents of Bismarck and Burleigh County. 2019. Three resettlement agencies including Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, of which Lutheran Social Services is an affiliate, have sued in federal court. “I’m real familiar with the workings of county government,” Bitner said. PO Box 1255, Bismarck, ND 58502-1255. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health employs public health professionals who work to protect the health of the population. Burleigh County Commission includes Chair Brian Bitner, Vice Chair Jerry Woodcox, Commissioner Mark Armstrong, Commissioner Kathleen Jones and Commissioner Jim Peluso. An Oregon man is in custody after kidnapping a a 7-year-old and attempting to flee to Canada. On Friday, Jan 8, the Beulah Police Department received a tip that the man, a fugitive, was hiding in the Beulah area. 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 … Commissioner Jim Peluso estimated he had received about 150 phone calls and text messages from people, mostly against refugee resettlement. Yet, Burleigh County Commission Chairman Brian Bitner told the Associated Press in advance of Monday’s vote that he believed most of his constituents were … County commissioners delayed a vote after 25 people had to be moved upstairs for space and fire code reasons. Dec 23 – City Current – Bismarck Dec 22 – Morton County Commission Dec 22 – Bismarck City Commission Dec 21 – Mandan Public School Board Dec 21 – Burleigh County Commission. We do the work as refugees to move this country and what makes America great is the diversity we have. Grand Forks, 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 BEK Sports. The work we do in public health affects lives every day. 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The last two days it swung completely around to 70-30 in favor of having resettlement. The commission delayed a vote on consenting to the continuation of refugee resettlement, to give a large crowd more opportunity to comment. 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.". The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the Horizon Middle School cafeteria, according to Burleigh County Interim Auditor Allan Vietmeier. So coming to North Dakota is a privilege, and I tell you tonight, don’t be selfish, open your doors to us because we have seen a lot. North Dakota has received 202 refugees since the 2018 fiscal year, according to the U.S. State Department Refugee Processing Center. 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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 Burleigh County Commission in January nixed the idea of a nonbinding straw poll on the future of refugee resettlement in the county. 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. “We work. Peluso said it was unfair for Lutheran Social Services to "come to this commission now and try to change public perception.". The Bismarck City Commission voted to approve a mandate during a six-hour meeting on Oct. 27. “I stand here today imploring everyone in Burleigh County to ask themselves, ‘What would Satan say? During the meeting, a commissioner could propose for the commission to vote on the request. “Let’s help them become productive citizens. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. 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. We have starved, we have seen wars, we have suffered, we have been hungry. Many audience members had heard of the meeting through social media, where the proposal has been a hot topic. “Experience in government at this time is very, very critical,” Woodcox said. During the 2019 fiscal year, 24 refugees arrived in Bismarck, according to Lutheran Social Services. ND Incumbents Brian Bitner and Jerry Woodcox say they bring experience to the job. Commissioners are elected for four-year terms and are limited to three consecutive terms. As the hours ticked by, tempers started to grow short between the commission and the overflow crowd. Special Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Commissioner Jerry Woodcox asked if Lutheran Social Services would be able to place a quota on the amount of refugees resettled. “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. North Dakota is expected to receive 18 refugees during the 2020 fiscal year. Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. Website: Burleigh County Social Service Board Government Meeting Schedule. June’s primary election resulted in six of eight Burleigh County Commission candidates advancing to compete in the general election. 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. More than 100 people attended the regular county commission meeting on Monday, Dec. 2. 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. Why aren’t we taking care of them? A man holds a sign in opposition during a special meeting on refugee resettlement held by the Burleigh County Commission on Monday in Bismarck. 701-354-1501 | www.bcwrd.org Commissioners did not take a stance on the issue during Monday's meeting, but they did briefly discuss it. During the meeting, a motion was also made to limit the number of refugees accepted in Burleigh County to 25 at most in 2020. KX News spoke with one refugee who told us Burleigh County avoided a major black eye Monday night. Here is how each voted: . Over 400 people were in attendance at the Dec. 9 meeting at Horizon Middle School to voice their opinions. . The mandate has a goal of lowering the area's 14-day rolling average positivity rate to … “We’re not coming to North Dakota to rob anybody, hell, we have been robbed of our childhood. 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. She said it was due to the governor’s guidelines […] January 4, 2021. Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken voiced his opposition to new refugee resettlements at a Burleigh County Commission meeting in Bismarck on Dec. 9. The commission delayed the first meeting out of fairness to everyone who wanted to speak. Once elected, the board represents the City as a whole while exercising both legislative and executive powers to govern the City of Bismarck. North Dakota Gov. 0:53. The commission will officially accept the resignations at its Monday meeting. Commissioner Woodcox voted in favor of resettlement and told KX News it has been a busy couple of weeks. More . Most refugees, 57%, came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while the second highest number of refugees, 8%, came from Bhutan. Government Access TV - VOD Meetings. 2018 November 29 August 30 May 31 February 22. It is our diversity!” said resident and migrant Klaus Lemkie. People talk about taking care of their own. 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. 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. Copyright 2018 Burleigh County Water Resource District - All rights reserved. The Burleigh County Commission did the right thing when it approved the continued resettlement of refugees in the area. 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. Burleigh County Social Service Board – Videos. 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. In 2018, Bismarck received 22. Shirley Dykshoorn, vice president for senior and humanitarian services for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, addresses the Burleigh County Commission on Monday.