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

Bowman City Commission


City Commission Minutes

October 21, 2014
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on October 21, 2014 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Darrell West, Chuck Whitney, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Ross Dannhoff, David Wyman, Alaina Wyman, Kevin Bucholz, Stacy McGee, Teran Doerr, Duane Bowman, Laura Weber, and Kara Longland.

President James called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm.  Motion by Sondeland, second by West to approve the agenda with a revision of removing Jon Brosz off the agenda and adding Stacy McGee under department head reports.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Checks: #7983 – 7995; Payroll Checks: # 1032220-103222; Voided Checks: #7976 and 103221; Direct Deposit Salaries: $22,137.34; Bills: Art Johnson $84.75, Advanced Business Methods $66.66, Bowman Park and Rec $21,225.91, Butler Machinery $82.88, Galls $1,014.96, JK Excavation $1,750.00, Johnson Controls $424.00, ND Planning Ass. $50.00, S & T Custom Plumbing $51.62, Slope Electric $1,028.00, Team Laboratory $622.00, Verizon Wireless $576.91, and VISA $373.95.

HOFLAND:  Whitney commended the street crew on cleaning up the alleys over hanging tree branches.

Landfill:  A contractor is dumping waste from a project in Slope County in our inert landfill and was told the waste had to be separated or the city won’t allow them to dump there.  They will be charged $100 for side dump trailers. 


                Nothing to report.


                Swear in Officer Wyman:  Wyman took the oath of his office for the City of Bowman police department.  His wife Alaina pinned his badge and Officer Wyman introduced his family to the commission.


                City/BCDC Shared Employee: Starting October 28, Aurora Keppler will be working at the City Hall office for 2 hours in the morning on a trial basis.  Keppler will work up to 8 hours a week, Monday through Thursday.  After the trial period, the board will decide on feasibility of continuing her employment in January.  Motion by Whitney, second by West to approve hiring Aurora Keppler for 2 hours a day, Monday through Thursday up to 8 hours a week through the end of 2014; at the end of the year it will be reviewed for feasibility in 2015.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Dead and Diseased Trees:  Motion by Whitney, second Sondeland to rescind the approval of the bid dated 10/6/14 for the removal of 27 dead and diseased trees in the amount of $4,350 from Waddington Boom Truck.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Whitney, second by West to allow Waddington Boom Truck to remove 9 poplar trees (Safe routes to school project) and 4 elm trees at 1st St. NW and 3rd Ave NW in the amount of $1,995.00.  RCV= all aye, MC.  There was discussion about Waddington Boom Truck not having a contractor license.  ND Century Code only allows contractors to perform work up to $2,000 for any taxing entity without being required to be licensed. Waddington is working on obtaining a contractor license.

Motion by Whitney, second by West to approve the bid from Waddington Boom Truck for tree removal on the boulevards for $5,300, pending the acquisition of a ND state contractor’s license.  RCV= all aye, MC.  Waddington is required to cut the tree to the ground and stump grinding is not included in their quote.  All bark will need to be removed from the stumps.  Trees in the Safe Routes to School project will have to be removed in their entirety. 

Motion by Whitney, second by Sondeland to approve spending half of the $3,700 quote which  would be on a 50/50 cost share with our residents for Dutch Elm Diseased and dead trees on the list.  No roll call vote was taken.  Motion by Whitney, second by Sondeland to amend the motion to accept the “yard only” quote at a 50/50 cost share to include only those trees that are diseased on the tree list pending the contractor license acquisition.  An agreement will have to be drawn up to have the property owner sign off on their 50% liability.  Whitney and Sondeland will go to the property owners to explain it to them.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Halleck Mine Update:  Table this discussion

REPORT ON NDLC CONVENTION:  Whitney, West, James, and Allen gave a report on the things that they learned at the NDLC convention on Minot.


Past Due Accounts:  McGee presented a few utility bills that she requested to be written off:  #0637-02 in the amount of $115.86, #0638-17 in the amount of $86.20, #01125 in the amount of $63.00, and #6960 in the amount of $83.50 for a total of $348.56.  These account holders do not own property so therefore can’t have the utilities assessed to their taxes.  Motion by Sondeland, second by Whitney to write off these accounts in the amount of $348.56.   RCV= all aye, MC.


                PACE, FLEX PACE, and Micro Loans Resolution:  PACE is an abbreviation for Partnerships Assisting Community Expansion.  Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand to approve PACE, FLEX FACE, Micro-Loans and Interest buy-down resolution for fiscal year 2015 in the amount of $10,000 with the understanding the funds would not be disbursed unless there was a need requested through the BCDC office.  RCV= all aye, MC.

BCDC Activity:  A monthly and quarterly activity report on the BCDC office will be provided to the commission.  Doerr gave an update on the projects they have underway.

Website:  The new shared website is live and the city can make all our own updates now. 


Hawks Landing/Kraulik Liquor License:  Kraulik’s are selling Hawks Landing to Kara Longland.  There is an issue with the lease; therefore the changing of owners date is unknown.  Longland’s business will open as the Uptown Bar and Grille LLC.  Longland’s plans are to have a bar and grill with separation of the bar from the family side.  The family part will be in the back banquet room.  They will be open from 5 am to 10 pm and the kitchen will close at 9:00 pm with the possibility of extended hours on Friday and Saturday.  The bar will be open typical bar hours.  They will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and have a liquor store.

Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand to rescind Ron and Ardis Kraulik’s DBA Hawks Landing “on and off sale” liquor license and approve Kara Longland DBA Uptown Bar and Grill “on and off sale” liquor license pending the sale of the business.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand to refund Ron and Ardis Kraulik DBA Hawks Landing the remaining license fee portion and prorate Kara Longland DBA Uptown Grill LLC liquor license fees, pending the successful sale of the business.  RCV=all aye, MC.


North Dakota Oil and Gas Activity, Impacts and Funding:  James reviewed the presentation that she gave at the NDLC convention regarding the request for a change of the oil and gas tax formula.  NDLC will be lobbying in support of change from 75%/25% to a 40%/60% split. 

Surge Funding and CO2 Wells:  James gave information on the proposed surge funding as presented by Rich Wardner at Roosevelt Custer Quarterly meeting and a report on the presentation by Lynn Helms with regard to the CO2 recapture project in the Bowman County existing oil fields.

Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand to approve the bills as presented, the minutes of 10/7/14 and September 2014 judges report and the September 2014 financials.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Sondeland, second by Limesand to adjourn the meeting at 6:46 pm.  RCV=all aye, MC.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

October 21, 2014
4:00 PM

Agenda for City Commission Meeting on Tuesday,

October 21, 2014

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  -  4:10 PM Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda, and Commissioners Review of Bills

 4:10  -  4:30 PM Department Heads Report :  Brosz 8th Ave Water Main Project and FEMA Letter               

 4:30  -  4:50 PM Teran Doerr – Pace Resolution and BCDC Update

  4:50 -                Ron and Ardis Kraulik Relinquish Liquor License (Hawks Landing) to Kara Longland (Uptown Bar and Grill)




City/Chamber Shared Employee



Dead and Diseased Trees

Halleck Mine Update






Approval of Bills, 10/7/14 Minutes, September 2014 Municipal Judges Report and September 2014 Financials.



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.

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.