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

Bowman City Commission



City Commission Minutes

March 07, 2017
4:00 pm


Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on March 7, 2017 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

                Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Darrell West, Myron Vail, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Cheryl Ryan, Stacy McGee, Aaron Allen, Debbie Bucholz, Kevin Bucholz, Warren Flath, Barry Mason, Chrissy Blankenbaker, Jean Nudell, Laura Webber, Dean Pearson, Dorothy Pearson, Peg Ahlness, Myron Olsen, Dan Peterson, and Steve Wild.  Absent:  None

President James called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm.  Motion by West, second by Shear to approve the agenda as presented.  James stated the certification on the zoning ordinance will not be until March 21st.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Checks: # 9787 – 9819 ; Direct Deposits: $24,725.26; Voided Checks: # 9786; Bills:  Postmaster $361.08, Advanced Business Methods $130.24, Bowman Sales and Service $16.36, Brosz Engineering $12,122.50, Catherine Hedge $800.00, Consolidated Telecom $1,402.70, Country Media $602.79, Dacotah Paper $151.97, Dakota Dust-Tex $84.85, Elkhorn Construction $40.50, Fallon County Treasurer $3,735.00, Farmers Union $646.67, Ferguson Waterworks $10,013.32, Fidelity Security Life $116.60, Hawkins $1,535.30, MDU $9,426.86, Newby’s Ace Hardware $150.88, Newman Traffic Signs $398.10, One Call Concepts $9.20, Sadowsky and Wild $200.00, SW Auto Supply $402.03, Valli Info Systems $25.00, VISA $1,302.33, Westlie Crossroads Truck Center $516.84, and WEX Bank $3,730.90.

                Tax and Tourisms Committee Check #9789, 9790, 9797, 9800, 9811, 9812, 9813

                Tax and Tourism Committee Bills:  Bowman County Development Corp. $15,807.45, Bowman County Fair Assoc. $2,500.00, Curt Maychrzak $100.00, Dennis and Lois Schmalz $100.00, Paul White $100.00, Pope Brothers $100.00, Ron Bowman $100.00, and Bowman Vet Clinic $100.00.


                Dept. Head Report:  Nothing to report.


Garbage Service:  Aaron Allen asked if the garbage service could go back to the alleys.  The Commission decided to go back to normal garbage service in the alleys starting on Monday, March 13.  Notices will go out to the city website, Facebook, access channel and radio.


                Dept. Head Report:  Mason has only received 55 meter registers and the rest are coming.  They started changing them out yesterday.  The change out process is about 2 minutes and they have changed about 41 meter registers.

                McGee:  With the new meter registers being changed out, McGee suggests to not bill water in March but bill all other services.  In April McGee will charge out the old meter readings and the new   meter readings, so March and Aprils water will be charged out in one month.  McGee can print a message on the billing postcard and/or do a newsletter and mail it with the bill explaining the process.  We will also have it on social media, radio, website, etc. 


                Dept. Head Report:  Headley stated they will be using the Sears building for their ALICE training instead of City HallJames is on the POST Board and stated that the POST Board may still grant funds for ALICE training.  Headley stated the officers attending this training will get POST credits.


                Update at Museum:  Jean Nudell gave an update on how the year ended for the Museum and Debbie Bucholz handed out their financials for 2016 and reviewed the highlights.    


                Snow Dumping on Personal Property:  Ahlness reported that a neighbor pushed snow out of his yard from across the street into her yard.  She is concerned about the melting of the snow pile and the water getting into her basement.  Headley sent a letter on behalf of Ahlness stating there was no permission from the owner to allow the snow to be placed on her property.  Chief Headley has not heard any response.  James stated this has caused us to look at our ordinances which are in the process of being updated, and new wording will be inserted to include “No dumping of snow on private property without their permission.”  At the time of the occurrence, there was nothing in the ordinances that they could enforce, but it will be in the future.  Headley stated there were witnesses to the snow dumping and she may check with an attorney to seek compensation for any flooding that may occur.


                Liquor License Questions:  Blankenbaker stated she is here to get a correct understanding of what is permissible to do with her current liquor license.  Currently she has had tastings and operates as a liquor store.  Blankenbaker stated that by no means does she want to be a bar; there is a sensitive population around Lucky’s Liquor.  Blankenbaker does want to be something different than just a regular liquor store. 

                Warren Flath, zoning board member discussed his recollection of what was asked for at the CUP hearing.  Blankenbaker said yes she only asked for the tastings and a liquor store at the beginning and now new ideas have arisen from the public questioning Lucky’s Liquor if they could accommodate them. 

                Flath inquired about the deck being included in the CUP (conditional use permit) application.  Ryan said it was in the application and said it has to be cordoned off.  Ryan stated the tastings could be on the deck but the door will have to be changed so the deck is visible by the employees that are inside.  Blankenbaker said the door will be changed.  Ryan clarified that customers have to go through the front door; they cannot exit or enter through an outside door onto the deck. 

                Barry Mason, zoning board member recalled the items of discussion at the CUP hearing were beer and wine tastings, signage and windows.  Mason doesn’t remember the tastings outside, but doesn’t see a problem as long as the noise is at a minimum. 

                Blankenbaker stated the following are types of events she would like to do:   

  1. Single tastings like 2 oz. samples
  2. Wine or beer tasting birthday party style events; small controlled groups
  3. On sale events:  Oktoberfest – offer a full serving for a price

                James stated #1 and #2 were okay under the current license held but asked if #3 would fit with zoning code; Ryan said their CUP would have to be amended.  It would go through the zoning board first.  The residents, businesses, and church would be notified when they apply to amend their CUP.  The amendment will require the same process as before. 

                Ryan wants to send out the proposed liquor ordinance changes in the muni code to the zoning board for their ideas or concerns.

                Blankenbaker will get a list of the ideas she may propose to do for the zoning board.

James asked if the deck can be a social spot with no alcohol and was answered yes.  Ryan will get a list of what activities/events are permissible at each license holder location regarding their license classification. 

                Ryan called the state to see if they regulate the nuance of tastings, they said it is up to the local government. 

                There were questions brought up about cigars being smoked near the front doors.  Attorney Wild will check into regulations and call Peterson.

                The Commission will read over proposed liquor ordinance changes and it will be brought back to the next meeting to review.

                Wild asked if the City would allow “paint and sip classes” at the library and the City’s insurance agent Flath said no to allowing it; after hearing Flath’s concerns, City Attorney Wild did advise against allowing the classes at the library or any city property.   


                ND DOH Testing Contract:  Allen requested approval for James to sign the annual contract with the ND DOH for water sample analysis (chemical analysis with laboratory services).  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to authorize James to sign the renewal of the annual NDDOH contract for chemical analysis with laboratory services for water sample analysis.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                2017 Budget Amendments:  Allen requested budget amendments as follows: 

                Motion by Limesand, second by West to approve the budget amendments as presented by the City Financial Auditor.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                Liquor Ordinance:  Ryan went over the proposed liquor ordinance changes.  It will be brought back to the commission at the 3/21/17 meeting.     

2nd Reading and Certification of Zoning Ordinances:  Ryan went over some of the zoning ordinance changes because there were questions from the audience.  Since sn individual wanted to look at the proposed zoning code, we will postpone the 2nd reading of the zoning ordinance.  Motion by Limesand, second by West to table the certification and the second reading of the zoning ordinance until the 3/21/17 meeting.  RCV= all aye, MC.

FCC Response:  Ryan went over the comments she made to the FCC regarding streamlining deployment of small cell infrastructure by improving wireless facilities siting policies.

Motion by Limesand, second Shear to approve the bill and the 2/21/17 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to adjourn the meeting at 6:10 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

March 21, 2017


March 21, 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 (McGee, Mason, Hofland, Headley, and Brosz)              

 4:30  -  4:40 PM Josh Lindstrom – Request for Golf Course Budgeted Funds for 2017

 4:40 – 4:50 PM   Zoning Code:   2nd Reading and Adoption of Zoning Ordinance for Case # LDC17-001 (Land Use Development Code)  The City of Bowman will be reviewing the final draft of the Land Use Development/Zoning Code which includes the following: 1) references to the North Dakota Century Code enabling legislation; 2) defining public roles and review responsibilities; 3) expanding the allowed uses and conditionally permitted uses; 4) adding additional zoning districts (but not changing existing zoning on property); 5) amendments to existing standards and adding new standards for development; 6) inserting new language regarding the processing of discretionary applications and zoning permits, and 7) other language, amendments and matters properly relating thereto. The amendment is City wide and includes the City’s ½ mile Extraterritorial Zone. 

   4:50 -                                    Ryan - Proposed Liquor License Ordinance Changes                                                       


Two 2015 Homestead Tax Credit Refunds

Two 2016 Homestead Tax Credit Refunds

NDIRF Annual Meeting

Renaissance Zone Board Member Resigned

Road and Bridge Fund


Dead and Diseased Tree Quote


FYI:  Tax Equalization Meeting on April 4th at 8:00 am at City Hall

Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 3/7/17 Minutes, and February 2017 Financials.   
  • 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.