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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

February 07, 2017
4:00 pm


Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on February 7, 2017 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Darrell West, Myron Vail, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Cheryl Ryan, Don Wallman, and Lane Duppong.  Absent: None

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

Checks: #9722 – 9764; Direct Deposit: $25,306.13; Voided Checks:  #9765 – 9769;  Bills:  Coyle Electric $637.72, Prairie Mt. Electric $269.75, SW District Health Unit $120.00, Postmaster $372.40, A2Z Printing $40.80, Advanced Business Methods $232.52, Black Mountain Software $4,902.00, Bowman Auto Parts $291.45, Bowman Park and Rec $9,859.32, Bowman Sales and Service $134.45, Brosz Engineering $3,370.00, Catherine Hedge $800.00, Cindy Ornsbey $100.00, Clover Construction $570.00, Consolidated Telecom $1,418.44, Country Media $875.22, Dacotah Paper $154.43, Dakota Dust-Tex $84.85, Dakota Western Bank $29.35, EIDO Connect $56.00, Fallon County Treasurer $4,397.00, Farmers Union $897.60, Fidelity Security Life $127.51, Hawkins $2,056.00, Hugo Verdin $532.00, JK Excavation and Construction $2,800.00, KPOK $80.00, McGee Mchanics Team LLC $642.99, MDU $12,272.48, Midstates Organized Crime Info Center $100.00, ND Dept. of Health $2,088.00, Newby's Ace Hardware $147.26, Prairie Mt. Electric $118.90, S & T Plumbing $276.87, Sadowsky & Wild $200.00, Southwest Business Machine $240.95, St. Paul Stamp Works $82.50, SW Auto Supply $54.08, Taser International $740.00, Valli Info Systems $25.00, VISA $526.60, Westlie Truck Center $7,905.50, and WEX Bank $4,544.21.


                Garbage Department Head Report:  Garbage is still getting put in the alleys and there are complaints about garbage that has been left in the alleys since people have moved out back in December.  The commission decided to go through the alley’s one more time to clean up the garbage mess and then put out a notice on the County’s phone call system to notify everyone that garbage service will remain only curbside until further notice. 

                The 2014 garbage truck has been having mechanical issues.  It went in for repair and is still having problems.  It will go in tomorrow to get put on the computer to find the problem.  Another garbage truck is having issues; they think its plugged filters.

                Halleck Mine Sinkhole:  The mine sinkhole was fenced off last week.


                Radio Read Meters Presentation:  Lane Duppong from Ferguson Waterworks gave a presentation to the commission on radio read meters.  With the new system it records meter readings every 15 minutes so you can find when a leak may have started and also tells if tampering is involved on the meter.  The software annual maintenance fee is $890.00 with the first year being free.  Duppong presented two different options.  Other towns that have this system are Dickinson, South Heart, Gladstone, Killdeer and a lot on the eastern side of the state. 

                Vail and Mason will talk about the two options and come back at the next meeting for a recommendation. 

                Dept. Head Report:  Chief Headley gave a power point report of all the 2016 police department arrests, incidents, accidents, etc.


                Raffle Permit:  An applicant with a partner requested a 50/50 raffle permit to raise money for a daughter’s school trip.  Allen asked City Attorney Wild if this fit the gaming laws and he felt this was more private than public or a non-profit organization so it shouldn’t be approved because it doesn’t meet the criteria.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to deny the application request based on it not being a nonprofit entity or public group.  The commission suggested that the applicant should approach groups like the Lions, Rotary or any non-profit organization and ask them to sponsor this request.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                LSS Housing Bowman LLC Tax Refund:  Allen received an application requesting a refund of 2015 property taxes in the amount of $16,954.44 under NDHFA Housing Incentive Fund, LURA Compliance.  The city’s portion of the taxes that would be refunded would be roughly $4,700.00.  Motion by Limesand, second by West to table this until the city attorney can review the application and give an opinion, and then the commission will review it again.  RCV= all aye, MC.  

                “Veteran’s Credit” Tax Refund:  We received two applications for one individual for a tax refund based on the veteran’s credit allowance.  The applicant applied for a refund for 2015 taxes in the amount of $1,609.13 and for 2016 taxes in the amount of $1,784.30.  Motion by West, second by Shear to approve the application for a veteran’s tax refund credit for 2015 in the amount of $1,609.13 and for 2016 in the amount of $1,784.30.  RCV=all aye, MC.

                Landfill:  The commission held discussion on funding for the city landfill.


SB2288:  This bill would require budgets to be done by August 10.  The commission felt that it was too early of a deadline for budgets to be completed.  Allen will inform the NDLC of their response. 

SB2148:  This bill will require new auditors to be trained/certified by a state approved agency within a year of start date.  They must pass the certification program to be a municipality auditor.  This bill has made it through the senate.


Updated Zoning Code Public Hearing:  James opened up public hearing for Ordinance #2017-1 (TA), an ordinance updating the City’s Land Development Code (zoning ordinance) by amending text and adding graphics in the following manner:  1) Incorporating references in test to establish a nexus to the north Dakota Century Code enabling legislation; 2) Defining public roles and establishing review responsibilities; 3) Expanding the allowed uses and conditional permitted uses; 4) Adding additional zoning districts (but not changing existing zoning districts (but not changing existing zoning on property); 5) Amendments to existing standards and adding new standards for development; 6) Inserting new language regarding the processing discretionary applications and zoning permits, and 7) Other language amendments and matters properly related there too.  The amendment is city wide and includes the City’s ½ mile Extra Territorial zone, all of which is located in Bowman County, North Dakota.

James read the ordinance and there were no residents in attendance, so Ryan reviewed some changes that were made to the code.  Changes made today will be added and handed out at the Feb. 21 meeting.  Any changes made after the 2nd reading needs another amendment. 

                Ryan asked if they have any new requested changes; please e-mail her prior to the next meeting so she can change the code prior to the meeting.  March 7 will be the final reading of the zoning ordinance.


                Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the bills, 1/17/17 minutes and the January 2017 judges report.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                FYI:  Annual pipeline safety meeting tomorrow at 6:00 pm at City Hall.

                Motion by Limesand, second by West to adjourn the meeting at 6:30.  RCV= all aye, MC.  

City Commission Meeting Agenda

February 07, 2017


February 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Bowman City Hall, 101 1st St. NE


*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  -  4:45 PM Call Meeting to Order and Approval of Agenda

                         Commissioners Review of Bills

                         Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (McGee, Mason - Radio Read Meter Presentation,  Hofland, Headley, and  Brosz)             

 4:45 PM            Public Hearing for Case # LDC17-001 (Land Use Development Code)

                         The City of Bowman will be reviewing the final draft of the Land Use Development/Zoning Code which includes the following: 1) references to the North Dakota Century Code enabling legislation; 2) defining public roles and review responsibilities; 3) expanding the allowed uses and conditionally permitted uses; 4) adding additional zoning districts (but not changing existing zoning on property); 5) amendments to existing standards and adding new standards for development; 6) inserting new language regarding the processing of discretionary applications and zoning permits, and 7) other language, amendments and matters properly relating thereto. The amendment is City wide and includes the City’s ½ mile Extraterritorial Zone. 



Raffle Permit/Smyle

LSS Housing, Bowman LLC Refund of Property Tax for 2016

Feb. 21 Meeting Change Date

Veteran’s Credit Tax refund

County Landfill Pit Payment

Legislation Updates


Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 1/17/17 Minutes, and January 2017 Judges Report.   
  • Adjournment of Meeting

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.

Darren Limesand


Ryan Shear

Street & Garbage Commissioner

Ryan Shear was born and raised in Bowman. He moved to Redmond, OR in 2006 and graduated from Redmond High School Global Academy in 2008.   He then moved back to Bowman, and while working; did online courses with Rasmussen College for Criminal Justice. Currently, he is the manager at Professional Auto Body LLC and High Plains Glass & Towing. Ryan is married to Danielle Shear and they have three children: Isaiah, Isabella, & Elijah. Ryan is very community minded and cares deeply about the present and future of Bowman.

During Ryan’s off time, he volunteers for Bowman Ambulance as an EMR. He has been a part of the squad since 2009. He is a representative for the City Commission on the City Planning & Zoning Board, County Zoning Board, & The Bowman Renaissance Zone Authority. Ryan also likes to spend his free time traveling and spending quality time with his family. 

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 six children:  Alexia, Addam, Quade, Mark, David and William.  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.