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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

May 05, 2015
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on May 5, 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, Judd Seaman, Cathy Hedge, Lori Nohner, Jamie Svihovec, Jen Jahner, Dave Smolnikar, and Bryce Martin.

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

Checks: #8412 – 8437; Voided Checks: #8387; Direct Deposit $25,344.75; Bills:  Art Johnson $86.25, Postmaster $365.84, Advanced Business Methods $224.60, Aurora Keppler $800.00, Bowman Auto Parts $136.02, Bowman Cemetery $9,712.58, Bowman Park and Rec $19,264.12, Brosz Engineering $47,932.50, CNHI Capitol $1.00, Coyle Electric $315.33, Dakota Dust-Tex $80.80, Dakota Supply $821.49, Diamond H Services $8,662.50, EIDO Connect $181.00, Fallon County Treasurer $5,149.75, Farmers Union $773.80, Fidelity Security Life $221.44, Hawkins $925.87, Lasting Visions $800.00, MDU $8,341.91, Newby’s Ace Hardware $4.98, Randy’s Welding $176.43, SW Auto Supply $1.51, Team Laboratory $618.00, Valli Info $390.41, and WEX Bank $3,431.12.


Dept. Head Report:  The airport authority asked Hofland if the city crew would sweep out their hangers and aprons free of charge prior to their open house.  Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand for the city street crew to assist with sweeping up the airport area that has been requested free of charge.  RCV= all aye, MC. 

City Clean up Week:  City wide clean-up will be May 11 – May 15, 2015.  Crews will start on the east side of town and go west.


Dept. Head Report:  The City Park grounds were repaired after the sewer main break from this last fall.   MDU trenched in their power, the city crew put the sprinkler lines back in and seeded the affected area with grass.

Water Main Leak:  There was a water leak on 5th Avenue and 1st ST NW which took 6 hours to repair and the water was shut off for 4 hours.  Beylund was requested to come in with his backhoe and the street crew helped with the repair. 


Outstanding Citizen Award:  Chief Headley gave a report on the incident leading to the award. Antonio Parra Jr. assisted an officer which was responding to a 911 call.  Officer Fischer was trying to apprehend a person which led to a struggle and Parra as a bystander saw that the officer was in need of assistance and helped.  The PD is very appreciative of help given to the officer. 


Preliminary Developers Agreement:  Ryan went over all the proposed changes that were suggested by emergency services, street, water/sewer, city commission, city engineer etc.  Ryan asked the commission to set a fee for emergency services.  She would like their comments at the May 19th meeting and then the developer’s agreement will be noticed in the newspaper and will be up for adoption in June at first meeting.    

Liquor Ordinance:  The public hearing was postponed due to a publishing notice error and the committee will bring forth the suggestions at the next meeting. 


Summerfest Committee:  The committee is requesting closing Main Street on Friday July 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm.  Divide would be left open but Main Street on either side of Divide will be blocked off.  Chief Headley said there shouldn’t be a problem if the barricades are moveable in case of a fire.  If the vehicles need to be moved they can call the PD to get them moved.  Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand to authorize Chief Headly to close off Main Street between Bowman Theater to Bowman Sales, and between Dakota Western Insurance north to Has Been’s leaving cross streets on 1st Street N and 1st Street S and Divide open.  RCV= all aye, MC.  Headley will talk with the businesses to notify them that the streets will be closed off.  The police will be patrolling the foot traffic between liquor establishments.  The commission approved using the City Hall and Police Department parking lot for an extra basketball court. 


Permit for Alcohol:  Svihovec requested a permit for serving alcohol in her parking lot which will be corralled with cattle panels during Summerfest and the all school reunion on July 25, 2015.     Motion by Limesand, second by Whitney to approve the alcohol permit for Has Been’s Bar for July 25, 2015.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Cemetery Board:  Stevenson requested the 2015 budgeted and levied funds on behalf of the cemetery board in the amount of $9,712.58.  Not all taxes have been collected and when the balance of uncollected taxes come in to the city auditor, the funds will be dispersed.  Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand to release the budgeted and levied funds to the cemetery association.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Whitney, second by West to approve the bills as presented, 4/20/15 special meeting minutes, 4/24/15 tax equalization minutes and 4/24/15 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Roosevelt Custer Meeting:  James and Whitney attended the Roosevelt Custer meeting and Whitney gave a short overview of topics discussed.

NDIRF Annual Meeting:  Whitney is attending the NDIRF Annual Meeting.

Motion by Limesand, second by Whitney to adjourn the meeting at 5:10 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.



City Commission Meeting Agenda

May 27, 2015
9:30 am



There will be a special meeting of the Bowman City Commission on May 27, 2015 at 9:30 am at the Bowman City Hall.


Agenda:  City Projects

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.