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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

April 04, 2017
4:00 pm


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

Present:  Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Todd Walby, Brian Caron and Chanell Walby.

Absent: Lyn James and Darrell West

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

                Checks: # 9838 – 9864; Payroll Checks: #103277; Voided Check: # 103276; Salaries: $92.35; Direct Deposit: $25,948.10; Bills: Advanced Business Methods $143.44, Bowman Sales & Service $608.22, Brosz Engineering $23,605.00, Catherine hedge $800.00, Dacotah Paper $142.77, Dakota Dust-Tex $84.85, Eido Connect $56.00, Ferguson Waterworks $126,571.30, Fidelity Security Life $107.33, James Cabinet $225.00, KPOK $100.00, Lyn James $194.40, MDU $194.43, Newby’s Ace Hardware $125.27, NW Tier $1,854.85, Peggy Allen $194.40, Shopko $53.91, SW Auto Supply $84.87, Team Laboratory $700.00, Tricom Card Technologies $2,097.00, Valli Info Systems $25.00, VISA $29.97, WEX Bank $2,520.77, MDU $10,006.49, Municipal Government Academy $480.00, Southwest Business Machine $330.95, and One Call Concepts $8.00.


                Dept. Head Report:  Hofland said they needed to purchase more dumpsters and they are going to get them tomorrow.  City wide cleanup is May 8 – 13th and rain dates are May 15 – 20.


                Dept. Head Report:  Mason and Wallman have changed about 490 meter registers which makes them over half complete.  During this process they found another leak in a residence.


                Dept. Head Report:  ALICE training was completed last week.  They had 16 participants and several were local people.  Training went well; there is still online testing they have to complete.  Compliance Checking:  The PD is going to start working on compliance enforcement.  Compliance enforcement will consist of, but is not limited to:  nuisance vehicles, non-maintained lawns, zoning permits, and house numbering.  City ordinance states that the houses/buildings need to be numbered and some houses have wrong numbers on them. 


                Request for Sprayer:  C. Walby said they purchased a Grass Hopper mower and they are requesting a sprayer attachment for it that would cost around $5,000.00.  Aaron Jorgenson has been certified to do spraying.  Limesand stated that the Commission decided that there wouldn’t be any funds for unbudgeted requests from external entities this year due to budget cuts.   Park and Rec is selling a Dixon mower with a cracked engine block at an auction with a $500.00 reserve on it.  The Commission agreed that C. Walby could use those proceeds to go towards the sprayer.  C. Walby has also requested funds from the tax and tourism board, but hasn’t heard if it was approved yet.


                Requested info on Snow Removal:  Caron had asked what the rules for snow removal were because there was miscommunication on where he could pile snow during one of the last snow storms. Discussion was held between Caron, T. Walby and Chief Headley regarding the city ordinance and what happened with the Ahlness property.

                T. Walby said the general practice is for each boulevard to receive its side of the street’s snow and when cleaning intersections, half goes on each street corner.  The City has a 13’ right of way on resident’s property in which the City can plow snow onto.  If an individual contractor plows snow for a resident and wants to put it on someone else’s property, they must have the landowners permission to do so.  The snow must be pushed back behind the City’s right of way.    Businesses have different snow removal rules.


                FYI:  The tax equalization meeting has been changed to April 18, 2017 at 8:00 am.             

                Motion by Vail, second by Shear l to approve the bills and the minutes for 3/21/17.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Motion by Shear, second by Vail to adjourn the meeting at 4:40 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC. 


City Commission Meeting Agenda

April 18, 2017
8:00 and 4:00



April 18, 2017 at 8:00 at Bowman City Hall, 101 1st St. NE


  • Call Meeting to Order and Approval of Agenda


  • Assessor Report:  Dean Pearson (Level of assessment and report on property classes)


  • Public Hearing from Residents


  • Equalize and Correct the Assessment Roll


  • Adjourn




April 18, 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  -  4:30 PM Call Meeting to Order and Approval of Agenda

                          Commissioners Review of Bills

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

                          Brosz - Bid Results and Water Main Replacement Award

 4:30  -  4:45 PM Liquor License Ordinance Review            




Hwy 85 Clean-up

Request to Cancel P Card Credit Card

Credit Card Limits Increase

Municipal Hwy Shortfall Transfer

Animals and Fowl Ordinance Change



Bryce Martin’s Resignation






Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 4/4/17 Minutes, March 2017 Financials and February and March 2017 Judges Reports.   
  • Next Meeting Date:   May 2, 2017
  • 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.