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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

July 17, 2018
4:00 pm

Minutes of SPECIAL City Commission meeting for preliminary budget purposes held on

July 24, 2018 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

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

President James called the meeting to order at 8:00 am.  Motion by Limesand, second by Schaff to arrive the agenda as presented.   RCV= all aye, MC.

Budgeted Salaries:  McGee included a $75.00 cost of living increase onto base salary for all departments.

Water Dept. Budget:  The water tower roof needs replaced.  Possibly use SUR funds to repair the 2nd tower lid if we find a local contractor that can do it.  Water rate was increased in 2017, so no increase this year.

Sewer Dept. Budget:  The rate was increased last year to $10.50, so no increase this year.

Police Dept. Budget:  Chief Headley would like to purchase new weapons.  Our officers supply their own side arm, Headley wants to purchase MP5 9 mm guns with a subsonic round.  The cost is $2,400 a gun and they would sell or trade in their shot guns for the MP5’s.

There are some pipe workers coming and inquiring about places to stay.  This will be the main hub for shipping the pipe for the Keystone Pipeline, so there is a good possibility of protestors coming this spring. 

Chief Headley will be sitting in the schools for 2 to 3 hours a day, being an ambassador to the students.  He will work on police department reports while there and walk the hall ways.

Chief Headley proposed adding a position of Sargent (second in command) and would like to step up Officer Dannhoff to that position.  Fischer was approached about it and declined it.  There would be no increase in pay, just a title for creating a chain of command. 

Chief Headley would like to do a wage survey with other cities, he felt the pay scale should be the same as other towns with similar size.  The last time we looked at wages was in 2008.  He would like us to be a median wage for the 2020 budget, it helps with retention of employees.  There will be further discussion on this at a later date.

Street Dept. Budget:  Discussed making 2nd Street on the north side (Emergency Room side) of the street an emergency route so they can plow, so no cars would be allowed to parked there.

Landfill Budget:  There is no need to dig any new pits, the shingle pit should last another 2 or 3 years even with the recent hail damage to roofs.

Garbage Dept. Budget:  The garbage fees will be increase by $.50 per month per customer.

Garbage Building:  There was discussion on adding on to the garbage shop.  This will be brought to the next regular meeting for discussion.

Vector:  The vector department is now required to turn in a time card so we can track the employees time better.

Zoning Dept.:  The zoning budget was lowered a little and she can obtain some of her continuing education credits online which will help lower the travel costs.

General Budget:  McGee needs a new printer; the Commission wants her to purchase it out of water and sewer budget this year.

Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to recess at 12:05 pm for lunch. 

President James called the meeting back to order at 1:13 pm. 

Park and Rec:   The Commission feels that since we helped them purchase a sprayer, they should also be spraying the weeds at city hall and the boulevards.  Allen will send them an email requesting them to spray for weeds.

Police Department:  Lynch needs a new computer at the police department.  The Commission said may be ordered this year and the purchase can come out of the Alcohol Awareness Fund.

The Commission would like to purchase two of the new guns in 2018 and two in 2019.  Headley will get quotes from both local gun facilities and sell or trade their current rifles.

SUR Fund:  It was discussed and decided to have a $2.00 increase in the SUR Fund to increase revenue for the water tower repairs.  It was suggested to do an article in the newspaper to inform the community about the project.  Effective January 1, 2019 the SUR fee will be $4.00 due to the increase.

                Chip Seal:  We won’t have enough funds to chip seal again until 2020.  We will do a ¼ of the town at a time and do it every other year provided we have enough funds.

Meeting was adjourned at 3:07 pm.

Reconvene on Thursday, July 26, 2018

President James reconvened the meeting at 8:05 am.

Park and Rec City Sales:  Allen will make a form for Park and Rec 1% city sales tax request that breaks down their request, such as:  maintenance repairs, maintenance salaries, capitol purchase, and other.

City Hall Front Lawn:  Limesand will come up with a maintenance plan and ask Ritchie Storer to fix the lawn out front.

Main Street Match Program:  Our commission was still in favor of the program.

Siren:  Limesand will talk to Slope Electric about getting a pole and setting the siren so we can get most of the cost in 2018.

Water Tower Cover:  There was discussion on putting a pole barn style cover over the water tower roofs.  Vail will look at a cover price to bring back at the next meeting.

Budget Meeting:  The budget meetings will not need to reconvene on Tuesday July 31, 2018 because the 2019 budget was completed.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:03 am.


City Commission Meeting Agenda

August 13, 2018
4:00 PM


There will be a special meeting of the Bowman City Commission on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Bowman City Hall.


  • Final Pay Application for JR Civil
  • Fence Removal Discussion
  • JD Loader Replacement Purchase Order


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.