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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

December 05, 2017
4:00 pm


Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on December 5, 2017 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Darrell West, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Jon Brosz, and Warren Flath.  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.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Checks: #10324 – 10348; Direct Deposit: $24,632.98; Voided Checks: #10349; Bills: Postmaster $357.00, Advanced Business Methods $163.67, ARP Enterprises Inc. $2,000.00, Bowman Auto Parts $142.42, Bowman Sales & Service $12.99, Brosz Engineering $1,590.00, Catherine Hedge $1,500.00, CNHI Capitol $161.00, Country Media $38.35, Dacotah Paper $223.81, Dakota Dust-Tex $120.50, Dakota Supply Group $98.67, Fallon County Treasurer $4,745.75, Hawkins, Inc. $625.27, High Plains Glass & Towing $75.00, Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender $63.43, MDU $2,744.57, ND Rural Water Systems $235.00, Newby’s Ave Hardware $98.11, Nova Fire Protection $500.00, Randy’s Welding $3,955.47, Southwest Business Machine $239.97, SW Auto Supply $247.54, Valli Info Systems $25.00, and VISA $1,125.48.


                Dept. Head Report:  The snow plow mount was repaired because the plow mount had become twisted from years of use.  The crews have been sanding the roads today. 


                Dept. Head Report:  The Butte View Campground has been winterized.  

                Mason called MDU regarding street lights not working on Main Street from the Bowman Theater all the way down to NW Tire. 


                Main Street Water Main Project:  The final pay application for this project is drawn up and waiting for JK Excavation to sign it.  Brosz will present the pay application at the next meeting. 

                Clean Water State Revolving Loan:  Brosz asked the Commission if they wanted him to apply for any projects using this loan.  It’s a 30 year loan with 2% interest for sewer projects, the application needs to be signed off by Bowman County, and we can decline it if we need to.  Mason figures we have 13,000 feet of 8” sewer clay tile left to replace.  Motion by West, second by Vail to approve Brosz Engineering to submit the CWSRF loan application for the proposed slip lining project and contact Bowman County for their approval.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Limesand asked how much 6” sewer line was left to replace.  Mason felt there was probably 10 to 15 blocks of 6” left to replace.  Brosz said unfortunately the 6” pipe gets plugged when you slip line, there will have to be another process done on 6” sewer line.

                2019 ND DOT TAP Application:  Brosz asked if the Commission still wanted him to apply for this grant to make a walking path on 3rd Avenue NE and SE (Phase I) and from 3rd Ave SE to Bronson’s Marketplace, Newby’s Ace Hardware, and Shopko (Phase II).  The Commission agreed and would like to see Phase II happen first. 


                Dept. Head Report:  A vehicle was stolen and driven down 3rd Avenue SE and caused damage in the park at 60+ mph.  The driver hit and drove over posts causing the front tires to go flat and flattened the street signs in the park area.  The police department did arrest the individual and filed several charges against him.  Park and Rec were notified of damages.

                Officers had to deal with a suicidal subject which was transported.

                The new officer has been patrolling and all paperwork through the POST board is complete.


James had attended an economic development meeting recently where they learned that people were in our area testing for rare metals which are believed to be in Bowman and Slope Counties.


Liquor Ordinance:  Peterson was on the agenda but did not attend, therefore there was no discussion held.


                Motion by Vail, second by West to approve the bills and approve the 11/21/17 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                The next City Commission meeting is December 19, 2017.

                Motion by Limesand, second by West to adjourn the meeting at 4:35 pm.  RCV= aye, MC.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

December 05, 2017

Bowman City Commission/Employee Meeting Notice

            The Bowman City Commission will meet on December 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm at City Hall with the employees to go over proposed changes to the Bowman City Employee Policy Manual.  If more discussion is needed the Commission and employees will meet at 3:00 pm before the December 19, 2017 City Commission Meeting.


December 5, 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.

 3:00 PM               Review of Employee Policy Manual with Employees

 4:00  -  4:30 PM Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

                                                Commissioners Review of Bills

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

 4:30  -  4:45 PM Liquor Ordinance – Dan Peterson            


Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills and 11/21/17 Meeting  Minutes.
  • Next Meeting Date:  December 19, 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.


2017 Bowman City Commission Meeting Dates


Meetings start at 4:00 PM at City Hall, unless otherwise stated!


January 5**                                                 July 6**

January 17*                                                 July 18


February 7                                                   August 1

February 21*                                              August 15


March 7                                                        September 5*

March 21                                                      September 19


April 4                                                            October 3

April 4-Equalization Mtg. 8:00 am          October 17

              April 18


May 2                                                             November 7

May 16                                                          November 21


June 6                                                            December 5

June 20                                                         December 19


2018 Budget Prep Meetings:  August 21 and 23 starting at 8:00 AM, lunch 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.   August 30th will be an extra day if needed.


* The 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 was rescheduled.  

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.