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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 05, 2019
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on February 5, 2019 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Ross Dannhoff, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Teran Doerr, Brooklyn Englehart, Kristy Blaser, Laura Weber, Kevin Bucholz, Dean Pearson, Jean Nudell, Myron Olson, Jerry Erickson, Dorothy Pearson, and Bruce Haleen, Debbie Bucholz, and Larry Njos.

Absent: None

President James called the meeting order at 4:00 pm.  James asked to add a progress report on HB1066 Operation Prairie Dog bill.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the amended agenda.  RCV=all aye, MC. 

Checks: #11106-11134; Direct Deposit: $27,791.79; Voided Checks: None;  Bills:  Postmaster $550.00,Postmaster $368.90, Bill Mason $248.00, Black Mountain Software $5,489.00, Bowman Drug $101.58, Bowman Park and Rec $12,499.09, Bowman Sales and Service $32.33, Brosz Engineering $6,741.25, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Country Media $743.76, Dakota Dust-Tex $83.60, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce $150.00, Fallon County Treasurer $4,389.75, Jim’s Repair $905.80, JK Excavation & Construction $1,250.00, KPOK $20.00, Lasting Visions $58.00, Loretta Olind $400.00, Lyn James $196.20, MDU $3,075.18, Newby’s Ace Hardware $103.26, One Call $6.00, Shopko $39.23, Southwest Business Machine $186.58, SW Auto Supply $212.63, Troy Lecoe $25.00, and Workforce Safety $9,490.30.

Tax and Tourism Checks:  #11133 - 11134

Tax and Tourism Bills:  All Seasons Arena Committee $5,000.00 and Bowman County Development Corporation $2,525.99.


Dept. Head Report:  Hofland started the landfill pits on fire today, he thinks they will burn down nicely.  The ND DOH asked Hofland to take pallets out of the pit, they consider them industrial wood and want them separated. 


Dept. Head Report:  Nothing to report


                Dept. Head Report:  Brosz presented a Bowman County and City of Bowman joint project pay application for approval.  The County had to pay a portion of their contract but the City had no portion of this bill.  We just have to acknowledge our portion is zero ($0.00).  Motion by Limesand, second by Schaaf to approve signing Pay Application #2 to Anderson Western in the amount of $0.00 for Schedule II.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                Dept. Head Report:  Some equipment quit working at the Police Department, once Headley is back, he will come request funds for the necessary repairs.


           Bowman County Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement:  Allen presented the revised Bowman County Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement; the revision was the insurance limits the City was required to have.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the revised Bowman County Mutual Aid Agreement as presented today.  RCV= all aye, MC.

          Vision West ND Membership:  Allen asked if the Commission wanted to become a member of Vision West ND.  At this time the Commission declined and would like to invite them to visit with the Commission prior to 2020 budgeting.    


                Park and Rec Future Facility Planning:  Walby sent an email request to have two Bowman City Commissioners attend their Future Planning Meeting with JLG Architect on February 20th, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  Vail and Shear volunteered to attend the meeting.

                HB1066 Operation Prairie Dog:  James gave an update on this bill.


                BCDC Annual Meeting:  Doerr and office staff came to invite the Commission to their annual meeting on February 27th at 5:30 at the Sweetwater Golf Course.  Doerr introduced two new staff members to the Commission.


                2018 Year End Update:  Jean Nudell gave a 2018 year-end report on the museum operations and Kevin Bucholz went over the financials for the museum. 

                Joining of Two Buildings:  Dean Pearson said they would like to use the alley to connect their main building to the building directly to the east and would like to know what their options are.  They would like to build a 10’ x 20’ long walk way between these buildings and build their buildings further out closer to the alley.  There are utilities in the alley which could cause an issue. (Gas telephone and water and sewer.)  Vail will visit with Mason regarding the utility accessibility and then get back to Museum.  The utility accessibility is the only issue since they own the whole block.


          Motion by Vail, second by Shear to approve the bills and the 1/24/19 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

           Next Meeting:  2/19/19

          James adjourned the meeting at 5:40 pm.


City Commission Meeting Agenda

February 19, 2019
4:00 PM



Tuesday, February 19, 2019 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, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

                                                Commissioners Review of Bills

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

 4:30  PM                             Teran Doerr – Main Space at BCDC Office             



Disabled Veteran Tax Credit

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 2/5/19 Minutes, and January 2019 Financials.   
  • Next Meeting Date:  March 5, 2019
  • 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.