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101 1st ST NE
PO Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623

Bowman City Commission



City Commission Minutes

April 03, 2018
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Tax Equalization Board Meeting held on April 3, 2018 at City Hall at 3:30 PM.

Commissioners, Auditor, and Assessor:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Myron Vail, Ryan Shear, Darrell West, Peggy Allen and Dean Pearson.      Residents:  Kevin Bucholz, and Sheala Erickson

James called the meeting to order at 3:30 pm.  Motion by West, second by Shear to approve the agenda as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC. 


Residential Property:  Property valuation median is at 93.84%.   We are about 5% low on valuation now.  Pearson recommends waiting until 2020 and 2021 and have a reappraisal of homes, that would be 10 years after the last appraisal.

 Currently $165,000 is the middle to average sale price of homes.  The Assessor had 32 sales in residential to use for valuation.   Assessor is recommending no change.

                Agricultural Land:  No change county wide recommended by the Assessor.

Commercial Property:  The median valuation is at 100%, therefore, no change is recommended by the Assessor.

Tax Exemptions:  Currently we have three types of tax exemptions on record and eight properties have these tax exemptions.  There are Renaissance Zone properties, 5-year new commercial tax exemption, and a Payment In Lieu of Taxes tax exemption. 

Notice of Increase:  Pearson sent out letters of Notice of Increase in property values the first week of March.  The letters of increase are for people whom added an addition, remodeled, are coming off a tax exemption such as Renaissance Zone, had a graduated tax exemption, etc. 


James opened the public hearing to the residents in attendance.

Parcel # 35-0020-06914-000  Sheala Erickson:  Erickson’s house is in the Flood Plain and she feels living in the flood plain lowers the value of her house.  She is contesting the value set at $153,910.00.  She will get it appraised and come back to the commission with her findings.

Pearson stated that nothing in the assessment book allows the Assessor to deduct for the property being in the flood plain.  Discussion was held with possibilities for this issue and the commission came to no conclusion at this time.

                There were no more residents appearing to contest their valuations, therefore, the public hearing closed.


Pearson recommended no change in valuation for residential, commercial and agricultural land going into 2018.

Motion by West, second by Limesand to approve the recommendation of the tax assessor for no change in valuation for residential, commercial and agricultural land.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Pearson asked if the commission wanted to keep the 10% reduction in valuation in the Wiffler Addition.  Years back the residents complained they didn’t have sewer and improved streets, therefore, their properties were not as valuable.  Some now have chip sealed streets, snow removal, but not sewer.  Motion by West, second by Shear to change the valuation reduction amount from 10% reduction down to 5% reduction on the front side in the Wiffler Addition because they benefited from the chip seal project, effective in 2019.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Limesand, second by West to adjourn the equalization meeting at 4:05 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on April 3, 2018 at City Hall at 4:05 PM.

           Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Darrell West, Myron Vail, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Treavor Bergerson, Jon Brosz, and Kevin Bucholz.

           Absent: None

President James called the meeting to order at 4:05 pm.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the agenda as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.

            Checks: #10539 -10569; Voided Checks: None;  Salaries: $26,849.00; Bills:  Postmaster $355.30, Advanced Business Methods $149.92, Bowman Sales and Service $10.50, Brosz Engineering $10,942.50, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Coyle Electric $4,655.50, Dakota Dust-Tex $84.60, Dakota Western Bank $37.78, Dales Tire and Retreading $2,781.60, Fallon County $1,746.90, Knutson Well Drilling, Inc. $10,044.93, KPOK $20.00, Lexis Nexis $61.75, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $9,389.40, MDU $331.72, Newby’s Ace Hardware $58.03, Northern Improvement $560.00, NW Tire $851.63, One Call $3.00, Repeat Outlet $30.00, S & T Custom Plumbing $1,018.29, SW District Health $120.00, Valli Info Systems $25.00, VISA $514.88, Westlie Truck Center $85.65, and Woodley Construction $16.99.

Tax and Tourism Checks #10541, 10542, 10543, & 10562

             Tax and Tourism Bills:  BCDC $2,000.00, Bowman County Fair Association $2,000.00, Pioneer Trails Museum $2,500.00, and All Seasons Arena $2,500.00.


                Dept. Head Report:  The crew attended sweeper school last week and picked up cold mix to start repairing potholes when it gets warmer. 

                New Tire Rates:  Hofland presented new tire rates for the landfill and added track tire rates.  We will have to grind up tires in another five years.  New proposed tire rates are as follows:  Passenger Tires $10.00, Light Truck Tires $15.00, Pickup Tire $15.00, Truck Tire $20.00, Bias Medium Truck/Radial Truck (8.25 – 20 & Larger) $20.00, Front Farm & Farm Wagon $20.00, Front Farm/Farm Wagon (1000-16 & Larger) $25.00, Rear Farm (18.4-34 & Larger) $30.00, and Track Tires $150.00.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the new tire rates for the Bowman Landfill.  RCV = all aye, MC. 


                Dept. Head Report:  The new pump arrived for the well east of town and will be put in probably at the end of the month when we have nicer weather.


                Dept. Head Report:  Dannhoff and Langhoff provided ALICE (active shooter) training on March 27th.  They had two training sessions with approximately 15 people at the first one and 7 or so at second meeting.  The hospital is thinking of having an active shooter drill also. 

Chief Headley met with the Mrs. Lecoe at Bowman County Schools offering to have an officer doing walk throughs of the school and having a presence in the building.  Mrs. Lecoe was having a meeting with staff about it and Chief Headey hasn’t heard back from her if they want police presence in the school.  There wouldn’t be a set schedule, so there will be no anticipation of when police will or won’t be there. 

Commissioner West was given a verbal compliment on two police officers regarding an incident where children were involved.  The individual complimented Officer Bergerson and Officer Dannhoff on their interaction with their children during the incident. 


               Gateway Industrial Park:  The gravel and asphalt bids for the Gateway Industrial Park has been tied in with the County’s project and Brosz felt the bid prices were excellent.  Brosz’s recommendation was to accept this bid from Anderson Western, Inc.  There was discussion on waiting until the water, sewer, and grading bids are opened before awarding the asphalt and gravel bid to a contractor.  We are right on budget with contingency included.


Brosz said the City’s portion was a bid alternate so it won’t affect the County’s bid if we don’t award it.  It was decided to wait until the other items are bid and then we will have to have a special meeting to award the bids.

          Chip Seal:  Chip seal plans and specs are complete.  Base bid will consist of all the streets that were torn up and replaced last year due to projects, alternates are adding in streets that are the in the worst condition as shown on the last map provided by Brosz.  Bid opening is on April 30th and we will make a decision at the May 1st meeting.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to let out bids for chip sealing the streets as discussed.  RCV= all aye, MC.

           Water Tower Repairs Grant:  The grant results won’t be back until probably May for the water towers repairs from the State Water Commission.

           Water Mains Replacement Grant:  This application is still pending also.


           Amending Section 11.0107:  The Commission didn’t like the verbiage that said this ordinance was effective in the extra territorial zone.  It was decided to wait until Cheryl Ryan could be present to explain why it was in the ordinance.  Motion by West, second by Limesand to table the Chapter 11 Ordinance for Animals and Fowl amending 11.0107 of the Municipal Code.  RCV= all aye, MC.


             Empowering Leaders Membership:  Allen presented information on Empowering Leaders seminars that is put on locally.   Motion by Limesand, second by West to approve the corporate membership for empowering leaders and encourage the employees to go.  RCV= all aye, MC.

            NDIRF Annual Meeting:  No Commissioners will be attending the annual meeting.  The Commission all agreed to vote for Chris West from Grafton.

           SWHC Annual Meeting:  The Commission was invited to attend the annual meeting of SWHC at the Lutheran Church tonight.


            Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the bills and the March 20, 2018 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC

            Next City Commission Meeting is April 17, 2018.  Vail may not be able to be in attendance.

            Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to adjourn the meeting at 5:45 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC. 


City Commission Meeting Agenda

April 23, 2018
4:00 PM



There will be a Special Meeting of the Bowman City Commission on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM at City Hall.


Agenda:  Discussion on Street Blade Purchase and Gateway Industrial Park Bids

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

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.