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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

October 02, 2018
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on October 2, 2018 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, and Jon Brosz.  Absent:  None

Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve he agenda as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC. 

Checks: #10888 – 10905; Voided Checks: None; Salary Checks: #103292;  Salaries: $220.10; Direct Deposit: $27,377.54; Bills:  Art Johnson $60.75, Advanced Business Methods $190.36, Art Johnson $74.25, Bowman Sales and Service $34.39, Brosz Engineering $1,477.50, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Core $1,200.00, Dacotah Paper $63.39, Dakota Dust-Tex $85.10, Jim’s Repair $256.88, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $8,446.91, Newby’s Ace Hardware $84.91, Northwest Tire $38.62, SW District Health Unit $120.00, VISA $242.48, Western Frontier Insurance $50.00, and Westlie Truck Center of Dickinson $177.81.

Tax and Tourism Checks: #10906 - 10909

Tax and Tourism Bills:  Bowman County Development Corporation $7,949.73, Bowman Lions Club $300.00, Cloverleaf Productions $2,500.00, and Headless Horseman $300.00.


Dept. Head Report:  During the fall wood cleanup they hauled 21 loads last year and 27 loads this year.  The landfill is closed and only open by appointment until next May.


Dept. Head Report:  Nothing to report.


Cleaners Building on Main Street:  We received a letter from the Cleaners building owners, proposing to sell the building to the City of Bowman for $5,000.00.  Typically, we don’t buy properties that people don’t want any more and the Commission does not want to purchase this property.  James had contacted the neighboring property owners to see if they are interested in purchasing the property, if they are they need to get in contact with the owner.  If there is no interest in it, the next steps will be taken by the City which may include being taken down and the cost of the demolition will go against the owner’s taxes.  Headley will call the owner back and tell her the City does not want to purchase it and the owners need to come back with a final answer of what they are going to do with it by October 15.  Headley will send the owner a form to sign to give us authorization to look inside the building.


Resolution #2018-F-16 PACE:   James read the resolution for 2019 PACE funding for the Bowman County Development Corporation that was approved at the preliminary budget meetings.  Since the final 2019 budget was approved, we need to sign the resolution.  This funding is only released when a project is approved.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve Resolution #2018-F-1 for PACE Funding.  RCV= all aye, MC.  

Heavy Vehicle Ordinance:  Allen had sent several ordinances from other cities for the commission to review.  There was discussion on whether we had signs posted with weight limits on them within the city; we do have them on 11th Ave. W. and 3rd Ave E.

 After discussion, it was decided to add verbiage from one of the other city’s ordinances to our ordinance.  Allen will update our ordinance and bring it back for a first reading.

Coral Creek Landfill Liability Release Form:  Allen presented a Release of Liability Agreement for the Coral Creek Landfill.  They are willing to pull our trucks out if they get stuck, but they do not want to be responsible if something breaks or someone gets hurt.  Allen had our insurance agent and City Attorney read through the agreement and they said it was ok to sign.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaff to approve the Release of Liability Agreement with the Coral Creek Landfill.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Healthcare City Sale Tax Request Form Approval:  Allen presented a form she created for the release of City sales tax funds for healthcare as was requested by the Commission.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the 1% Bowman Healthcare City Sales Tax Request Form.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Gun Purchase Funding:  Allen inquired if the commission would like the funds to come out of the General Fund or the Alcohol Awareness fund for the new police department guns that were purchased.  The Commission agreed on the funds coming from the General Fund. 

Freshman Impact Funding:  There was a request for funds to support the Freshman Impact Program that will come out of the Alcohol Awareness Fund.  James stated that the Freshman Impact Core funding should go through budgeting process if we are going to donate funds.  Currently they are thinking of rotating it between different towns, so it’s not always known when it will be in Bowman in order to work with the budgeting process.


NDLC Report on Training:  James gave a report on the training she received at the annual NDLC meeting.

Catholic Daughters of America:  James has been asked to proclaim October 21, 2018 as Catholic Daughters of America Day.  James read the Catholic Daughters proclamation.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the Catholic Daughters of America proclamation, proclaiming October 21, 2018 as Catholic Daughters Day.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Gateway Industrial Park:  There is no final bill for Wilson Construction yet and no answer on when the gravel company coming yet.  They are currently still working on Bowman County’s project. 

Water Tower Lid:  Brosz said we haven’t received a quote on the water tower lid yet.

2019 Budget:

Adoption of 2019 Final Budget:  There was no one in attendance to object to the budget or tax levy for 2019.  With no objects to be heard, there was a motion by Limesand, second by Shear to adopt the final 2019 budget for the City of Bowman.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Motion by Shear, second by Limesand to approve the bills and 9/18/18 minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Next Meeting Date:   10/16/18 Schaaf will be gone for this meeting.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:20 pm by President James.


City Commission Meeting Agenda

October 16, 2018
4:00 PM



October 16, 2018 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  -  4:05 PM               Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

 4:05 –  4:30 PM               Appreciation to Retiring Zoning Board Members

                                          Commissioners Review of Bills

                                          Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (McGee, Mason, Hofland, Headley, and  Brosz)

 4:30  -  4:45 PM               Bowman/Slope Mitigation Plan Approval              





  • Raffle Permits – Bowman Rotary #24-02

Bowman Lions #24-03   

  • ND Streets Grant Program
  • “Old Time” Postcards Donated to the City


Senior Center

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 10/2/18 Minutes and September 2018 Financials.   
  • Next Meeting Date:  November 5, 2018 
  • 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.

2018 Bowman City Commission Meeting Dates


Meetings start at 4:00 PM at City Hall, unless otherwise stated!


January 4**                                                 July 3

January 16*                                                 July 17

                                                                    July 24, 26 & 31***         


February 6                                                   August 6**

February 20*                                                August 21


March 6                                                        September 4*

March 20                                                      September 18


April 3                                                            October 2

April 3 - Equalization Mtg. 3:30 pm              October 16

             April 17


May 1                                                               November 5**

May 14**                                                     November 20


June 5                                                              December 4

June 19                                                            December 18

             June 26

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


            ** Normal meeting date:  Date was rescheduled to this date. 


            *** 2018 Budget Prep Meetings:  July 24th and 26th  meeting will start at 8:00 am and lunch will be from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm and  will recess when done completing a “section” of the budget and reconvene the next day at 8:00 am.   July 31st will be an extra day if needed.


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. 

Mryon "Tiger" Vail

City Commissioner

Benjamin (Benji) Schaaf

Police Commissioner


Benji is a native of Bowman, graduating Bowman High School.  He is married to Lindsey and together have two children, Emma and Evan.  Benji currently works as the parts manager for Bowman Sales and Service and is a member of the Bowman Assembly of God Church, serving as an Awana leader.  He is a volunteer with the Bowman Ambulance Squad and is serving on the Bowman Regional Public Library board.  His hobbies include riding motocycle, watcing supercross and motorcross, and spendig time with his family.