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PHONE: (701) 523-3309
FAX: (701) 523-5716

101 1st ST NE
PO Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623

Bowman City Commission


City Commission Minutes

November 03, 2015
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on November 3, 2015 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Mike Sondeland, Darrell West, Chuck Whitney, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Teran Doerr, Kevin Bucholz, Julie Lockert and Karla Germann (via cell phone.)

President James called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm.  Motion by West, second by Limesand to approve the agenda as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Checks: #8778 – 8813; Direct Deposit:  $24,850.01; Voided Checks:  #8779, #8660;  Bills:  Art Johnson $79.07; Advanced Business Methods $379.16, Aurora Keppler $800.00, Bill Mason $243.00, Bowman Auto Parts $579.27, BCDC $10,740.20, Bowman County Pioneer $300.00, Bowman Lions Club $300.00, Bowman Park and Rec $363.03, Bowman Sales and Service $29.60, Brosz Engineering $24,125.00, Cashway Building Center $22.03, CNHA Capitol $250.67, Coyle Electric $817.23, Dakota Dust-Tex $81.05, Dales Tire and Retreading $2,675.88, EIDO Connect $70.00, Farmers Union $1,711.55, Hawkins, Inc. $2,310.83, KPOK $40.00, Lasting Visions $50.00, Marsha Schaff $225.00, MDU $6,964.69, ND League of Cities $240.00, Nelson International $146.69, Newby’s Ace Hardware $98.65, Northwest Tire $277.67, Pioneer Trails Museum $2,872.50, Randy’s Welding $356.90, SBM $855.77, Southwest Medical Clinic $32.00, SW Auto Supply $88.14, Trucks of Bismarck $142.69, VISA $183.78 and WEX Bank $3,569.67.


                Dept. Head Report:  Volvo garbage truck had the cable on the winch break and they are waiting for a replacement.                 


                Dept. Head Report:  The crew showed up to renovate the manholes and then they will start spraying their coating.  Slip liners are supposed to show up this Thursday.  Mason thinks that the construction company will notify the residents when they will be working in their area.  Allen will put a  public service announcement on the radio advising residents of the project and letting them know that they will be contacted when the contractor is working in their neighborhood and they will be asked to use minimal sewer.


                Mosbrucker Funeral:  Kulseth from the funeral home contacted Headley about emergency vehicle parking for Paul Mosbrucker’s funeral on Friday.  The police department will try to handle the traffic to allow for all area emergency service vehicles in the funeral procession. 

Gate Night:  No reports of incidents on gate night or Halloween.              


                Halleck Mine Landowner Release Form:  Whitney said Brosz felt there were issues that need to be attended to.  Hofland stated that he felt everything was okay after project completion.  Motion by Whitney, second by West to allow President James to sign the landowner release form for the Halleck Mine project with Brosz Engineering’s approval.  RCV= all aye, MC.  Brosz contacted James via text message during the meeting and said that James can sign off on it.

                 Bowman Rotary Sports Pool Permit:  Motion by Mike, second by Limesand to approve the sports pool permit for Bowman Rotary.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                 General Ledger Balance:  Motion by Limesand, second by Whitney to make an adjustment to the general ledger balance in the amount of $856.68 to balance the accounting program.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                PACE Resolution Funding:  She is requesting $10,000 in budgeted funds for the PACE program.  Motion by Whitney, second by West to release the 2015 pace funds to BCDC in the amount of $10,000.00.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                 Industrial Park Feasibility Study: Doerr will hand deliver a copy of the Industrial Park Feasibility Study to each commissioner.  She will put together a special meeting with the consultant.


            Diseased Trees:  Whitney presented another quote to remove more dead and diseased trees, the quote was from Waddington Boom Truck.  Motion by Whitney, second by Sondeland to authorize Waddington Boom Truck to remove more dead and diseased city trees in the amount of $2,000 or less.  RCV= all aye, MC.

            Job Descriptions:  Whitney made job descriptions for the street and garbage guys.


           Summit:  James will go to Watford City and then to Grafton tomorrow for the Red River Regional Ideas to Actions Summit.  She will be on a panel to discuss our communities and how they handle things.  Brent Sanford from Watford City will be their keynote speaker.  A2ES is flying them to Grafton. 


                Sirens:  Rec Center siren has a short in the electrical board.  Headley will contact Coyle Electric about checking the electrical board.  

Motion by Limesand, second by Whitney to approve the bills, 10/20/15 minutes and September 2015 Financials. RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Limesand, second by Whitney, to adjourn the meeting at 4:55 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.  RCV= all aye.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

November 17, 2015
4:00 PM

Agenda for City Commission Meeting on Tuesday,

November 16, 2015

At City Hall 4:00 PM


*Agenda Policy*:  The City follows a strict agenda policy in order to insure transparency to the citizens of Bowman.  NO topics will be discussed that are not on the agenda unless said topic constitutes an emergency action.


 4:00  -  4:05 PM Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda, and Commissioners Review of Bills

 4:05  -  4:30 PM Department Heads Report :

-McGee Scranton and Marmarth GB Contracts & Office Update

 4:30  -  4:35 PM Chamber of Commerce Budgeted Funds Request– Emily Bostyan

   4:35 PM            Industrial Park Feasibility Study Information                                       




EIG Rescue Pumper Grant

Purchase of Two Relinquished Properties



Hwy. 85 Meeting Report


Open Forum


Close of Meeting


Approval of Bills and 11/3/15 Meeting Minutes.    

City Commission Meeting

The Bowman City Commissioners meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:00 PM at City Hall. To be placed on the City Agenda, please contact the City Financial Auditor, Peggy Allen at (701) 523-3309.


2015 City Commission Meeting Dates
*Meetings start at 4:00 PM at City Hall, unless otherwise stated!

January 6
January 20*

February 3
February 17*

March 3
March 24**

April 2** 
April 23** Equalization Meeting at 8:00 AM
April 23**

May 5
May 19

June 2
June 16

July 7
July 21

August 4
August 18

September 1
September 15

October 6
October 20

November 3
November 17

December 1
December 15


* Meeting falls the day after a holiday, therefore agenda requests must be in the City Auditors Office by the Friday before the meeting at 11:00 am.   

**  The regular scheduled meeting was changed to the listed date due to a conflict.

Lyn James

President of the City Commission

Lyn James is co-owner of Flowers and Cappuccino by Lasting Visions in Bowman, ND.  She is committed to her community and is currently serving her third term as President of the Bowman City Commission, after serving two terms as a City Commissioner. 

Lyn also serves on the Bowman County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, as well as several other local and regional boards and committees.  She proudly represents North Dakota as a member of the ND Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, as a member of the ND Energy Impact and Infrastructure Advisory Committee, and as a Director on the ND Economic Development Foundation Board.  Lyn has been the Queen Coordinator for the ND High School Rodeo Association for the past 22 years.  She is a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and Bowman Rotary Club.  Lyn is the past President of the ND League of Cities Executive Board, and served as a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, along with various other local and regional boards, committees and advisory positions. 

Lyn and her husband Gordon have two daughters, a son-in-law and three grandchildren.

Michael Sondeland

Water and Sewer Department Commissioner

Michael Sondeland is the newest member of the Bowman City Commission being elected to office in June of 2008.  Mike is serving as the Water and Sewer Department Commissioner.  He and his wife Colleen have live in the city of Bowman for 22 years where he served as District Conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Bowman Slope Soil Conservation District.  Mike, after receiving a degree in Agriculture from NDSU in 1970, retired in January of 2008 after more than 40 years with the U S Department of Agriculture.

Mike and Colleen have two children, a daughter -in-law and two grandchildren

Chuck Whitney

Street and Garbage Commissioner

Charles "Chuck " Whitney was elected to the Bowman City Commission in 2012 and serves as the Street and Garbage Commissioner.  Chuck received his BA from UNC, did work towards a Masters in Brussels Belgium and received a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College in Davenport IA.  He has subsequently completed three post doctoral diplomat programs in Orthopedics, Neurology and Acupuncture.  He has has lived in Bowman since 1981 excepting the 3 years in Davenport. 

Chuck and his wife Terri have three children, Chad, Jennifer and Brent.

Darren Limesand


Darrell West

Police Commissioner


Darrell was born and raised in the Bowman area.  He graduated from Bowman High School and was honorably discharged from the ND National Guard.  He is married to Jessica West and they have five children:  Alexia, Addam, Quade, Mark, and David.  He has achieved an AAS degree in Law Enforcement Technology and is currently the Bowman City Police Commissioner. 

During Darrell's time off he volunteers with the Bowman County Emergency Operations Center and is a Public Health Emergency Volunteer/Medical Reserves Corp with the ND Dept. of Health.  He is a member of the Southwest Disaster Behavioral Health Coalition as well as a member of the Bowman County Rural Ambulance District Board. Darrell currently works as a full time Advanced EMT with the Bowman County Rural Ambulance District and is the Safety/Decon Officer for Southwest Healthcare Services.