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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 03, 2015
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on February 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, Deb Bucholz, Kevin Bucholz, Jon Brosz, Joel Nichols, Dorothy Pearson, Dean Pearson, Esther Hockett, Bob Mahoney, Bryce Martin, Laura Weber, and Lori Nohner.

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: #8214 – 8243; Voided Checks: none; Direct Deposit: $23,970.67;  Bills: Advanced Business Methods $125.73, Aurora Keppler $200.00, Bowman Grain $19.00, Bowman Park and Rec $22,876.04, Bowman Regional Public Library $12,782.70, Bowman Sales and Service $96.37, Brosz Engineering $8,435.00, Charles Whitney $207.00, Consolidated Telecom $148.50, Coyle Electric $72.00, Dakota Dust-Tex $110.45, Double EE Service $570.86, Farmers Union $955.95, Fidelity $221.44, Galls, Inc. $322.73, Hawkins $930.37, Lyn James $207.00, MDU $10,546.80, Michael Todd $560.35, Mid-States Organized Crime $100.00, ND DOT $697.40, NW Tire $191.10, One Call $2.20, Postmaster $366.18, Ramada $94.00, Randy’s Welding $320.40, Ray’s Repair $227.41, SW Business Machine $1,981.38, Unique Signs $8,420.00, and WEX Bank $3,993.96.


                Dept. Head Report:  Nothing notable to report.  The street crew repaired a street light pole that had a cracked base.  Whitney asked Hofland what a curb bumper was which listed on an invoice.  Hofland informed Whitney that a curb bumper goes on a plow blade to guard the curb from getting torn up while plowing.


                Dept. Head Report:  Nothing notable to report. 


                Dept. Head Report:  Nothing notable to report.


Update on Sidewalk Project:  Solicitations were turned into DOT and all parties need to sign off on the environmental report.  Brosz asked the commission if James could sign off on the document when he got it back to keep things moving, there was no opposition by the commission.  Brosz met with land owners and there is concern on how the sidewalk on their properties will tie into their driveways and additional concrete may be needed.  He will separate out the additional costs for a viable fix.  As soon as the research is done the landowners will be invited to a city commission meeting for a discussion on whose responsibility the additional concrete will be.

Northside Addition Drainage:  Brosz will bring the plans he had drawn regarding the Northside Addition drainage to one of the next meetings so the commission can decide what action to take.  Funds were budgeted in 2015 for remediation.


Employee/Commissioner Name Tags:  Allen asked about purchasing name tags for City staff to wear while attending out of town training and meetings.  Motion by West, second by Whitney to approve purchasing name tags for McGee, Ryan, Allen and commissioners.  RCV= all aye, MC.  

March Madness Training: Allen asked who would be attending this training and stated that the city commission meeting would have to be changed.  Allen, Whitney, and James will attend, Limesand and West will notify Allen if they would like to attend.  Motion by West, second by Whitney to change the March 17 city commission meeting date to March 24 at 4 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Complaint on snow being piled on the street corners: Private contractors are piling snow where they are blocking the view of traffic and putting snow on other people’s property.  Hofland stated there had been meetings with private contractors in the past where a discussion was held on acceptable snow removal practices.  The commission felt complaints should be turned over to the Chief of Police.   

Whitney asked Hofland how much snow we have to have before they plow on the weekend which Hofland stated is approximately 5” or 6”, depending on weather conditions. 

Tree Ordinance:   Allen gave the commission a tree ordinance that she had been working on for their review.  Ryan will review the spacing requirements for trees and it will be brought back before the board for a first reading.

State Reimbursement Rate Change:  The state rate for mileage has changed and Allen asked for approval to follow the new rate.  Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand to establish a policy to follow the state reimbursement rate for mileage.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                Legislative Update: James attended the hearings on the Gross Production Tax Bill and the Surge Bill and gave the commission an overview of the testimony.  James will continue to give updates during the legislative sessions.

                NDLC Training: James gave a report on her accumulated training hours through the NDLC which totaled 338 hours.

                Thank You Note:  Chanell Walby on behalf of the Bowman Park and Rec department thanked the commission for helping finance the pool filter repairs.


Semi-Annual Report:  Nohner gave the commission a report on operations at the Pioneer Trails Regional Museum.  Deb Bucholz reported on their financials.


Tree Report:  Nichols gave a report on the city’s trees and gave handouts with lots of useful information.  He will be giving Allen information on tree grants available with NDSU.

Motion by Whitney, second by West to approve the bills as presented and the minutes of the 1/20/15 meeting.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Sondeland, second by Whitney to adjourn the meeting at 6:02 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

February 23, 2015
4:00 PM




There will be a special meeting for the Bowman City Commission on February 23 at 9:00 AM at the Bowman City Hall to discuss Surge Funding.

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.