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

Bowman City Commission



City Commission Minutes

January 05, 2017
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on January 5, 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, and Todd Hofland.

                Absent: None

President James called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm.  Motion by Limesand, second by West to approve the agenda as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Checks: #9668 – 9700; Direct Deposit: $27,718.19; Payroll Checks: #103270 – 103275; Voided Checks: # 9674; Salaries: $3,552.28; Bills:  John Deere Financial $20.84, ND League of Cities $1,451.00, Nelson Int. $113.31, Newby’s Ace Hardware $15.18, NW Iron Fireman $751.50, Ray’s Repair Service $17.20, Southwest Business Machine $8.00, SW Auto Supply $726.36, VISA $228.08, Woodley Construction $7.00, Mahlon Smith Repair $660.68, Brosz Engineering $2,255.00, Charles Headley $38.38, Dacotah Paper $79.01, Dales Tire and Retreading $2,847.12, Francis Domagala $86.40, Hawkins, Inc. $1,966.19, MDU $299.94, Advanced Business Methods $121.06, Dakota Dust-Tex $120.00, Fidelity Security Life $127.51, MDU $9,480.70, ND League of Cities $1,080.00, ND Rural Water Systems Association $450.00, One Call Concepts, Inc. $6.00, Postmaster $371.00, RDO Equipment $20,000.00, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway $4,250.00, Valli Info Systems $25.00, Wex Bank $3,680.41, Catherine Hedge $800.00, and Farmers Union $1,098.70.


                Dept. Head Report:  The sand truck broke the left rear spring during snow removal.  They are going to haul it to Dickinson for repairs using the county’s semi. 

                Halleck Mine:  The Halleck Mine has another sink hole.  There is signage to stay out and a temporary fence put up.  The ground is frozen and there is a lot of snow so the street crew is unable to put posts in the ground for fencing but will work to make the temporary fence more visible.

                Snow Removal:  The crew is using a snow blower on the bobcat trying to clean out alleys for emergency service access.  There are a lot of utility pedestals in the alley which is making it a slow process.

                The total removal of snow off Main Street was 378 loads. Currently they are putting the snow behind and to the south of the indoor arena and if they run out of room, they will start putting it on city land south of the joint shop.

                Garbage:  The commission decided to go curb side with garbage until further notice.  The utility auditor will put the notice out.  Main Street businesses will still have alley garbage service. 

                The Volvo garbage truck froze up twice, its sitting in the shop trying to thaw. 


                Dept. Head Report:  Mason and Wallman have been helping with snow removal cleaning out hydrants and corners.  Mason had to put a heater in the east well to keep it from freezing. 

                Utility Bills:  In December we estimated water bills because they can’t get from yard to yard to read them, this month may be the same.  The readings will balance out when they get actual readings. 

Mason is looking into the radio read meters.  The commission gave Mason the go ahead to check into the costs and benefits.

                Mason said the wells started running longer on 12/21/16 so he decided to check vacant houses and found one that had used 130,000 gallons in 9 days, he found out that it had no heat which caused the leak.


                Dept. Head Report:  Headley is checking into a phone for an intercom to be outside the new security wall.  The security wall is currently being built.

                Training:  The city will be hosting ALICE Training for law enforcement on March 27 and 28.  They will use the old hospital for this training and City Hall.  There is no cost to the city and the city is allowed to have 5 officers from Bowman attend training for free for hosting the training. 

                Reports:  Headley will get the commission an end of the year police incident report. 


                Budget Transfer and Amendment:   Allen presented a budget amendment and transfer for the purchase of a street loader.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the budget amendment and transfer as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Rates for Signs and Equipment:  Allen presented the new rates for signs and equipment for 2017.  Motion by West, second by Limesand to approve the city schedule of equipment rates as presented for 2017.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                                                            STREET DEPARTMENT

Equipment                         Specification     Capacity/Size    HP/Notes                            Unit       Rate

Chain Saw                                                                                                                                           Hr           $5.00

Stripper Machine             5 gallon 5 to 7                                                                                     Hr           $10.00

1984 Cat Blade                   120G                                                                                                      Hr           $100.00

2016 Case IH 105U                                           1 Yard                    L745 l                                     Hr           $75.00

2010 Alliance Sweeper   3000                                                       115                                         Hr           $100.00

Snow Thrower-Bobcat   SB200    78"                                                                                         Hr           $50.00

Rotary Mower   MXJD    10 ' wide                                              Tractor Not Included      Hr           $40.00

2017 JD Loader  624K      4 WD                     3 YD                                                                       Hr.          $150.00

1977 Yellowstone Trailer                                                               Landfill Office                    Hr           $3.00

2013 JD Loader  544 K     3YD                                                        Landfill Loader                   Hr           $150.00

1968 IHC Dump Truck     2 Ton                                                                                                     Hr           $70.00

1997 Ford Dump Truck   3-5 Ton                                                                                                 Hr           $80.00

1992 IHC Dump Truck     2 Ton                                                                                                     Hr           $70.00

2000 Ford Custom Pickup F150   1/2 Ton                                                                                Hr           $50.00

1955 Ford Dump Truck   1 1/2 Ton                                                                                             Hr           $60.00

2008 Bobcat                        Melroe 5250                       1/3 yd   Bucket and Pallet Fork   Hr           $50.00

2012 Ford F250SD Pickup              Hoist and Winch               Crew Pickup                       Hr           $50.00

1998 Ford Tandem           HLT 9513 Conv.                                  Dump and sand Truck    Hr           $100.00

2004 Homemade Trailer                                                                Bumper Hitch                    Hr           $15.00


2007 Arctic Cat ATV                                                                                                                         Hr.          $10.00


Equipment                         Specification     Capacity/Size    HP/Notes                            Unit       Rate

Concrete Saw                                                                                                                                    Hr.          $13.00

2012 Chevy Silverado     K2500 HD                                                                                             Hr.          $50.00

Generator                                                                                                                                           Hr.          $20.00

Pump w/ hose                                                                                                                                  Hr.          $5.00

1984 CAT Generator       60 KW                                                                                                   Hr.          $20.00

JD Backhoe Loader          310 G                     1.75 CY                  Jackhammer Also             Hr.          $90.00



Equipment                         Specification                     Capacity/Size    HP                          Unit       Rate

Sewer Cleaner  747-FR 2000                                                        Does not include truck   Hr.          $100.00

2004 Windpower Generator DR 814 J           7.2 KW                                                                  Hr.          $5.00

2005 ChevyK2500 HD Pickup                        3/4 Ton                                                                 Hr.          $50.00



Equipment                         Specification     Capacity/Size    HP          Notes                    Unit       Rate

2008 Volvo                          VHD64B                25 YD                     345                                         Hr.          $211.00

2014 Freightliner              M2106                  25 YD                     350                                         Hr.          $211.00

2017 Freightliner              M2106                  25 YD                     350                                         Hr.          $211.00

2007 Ford F150 Pickup                                                    7 YD                                                       Hr.          $50.00

2005 Intern.                        7000 Series 7600               25 YD                     345                         Hr.          $211.00

Dumpster            inc tipping fee                                   6 YD                                                       Dump    $39.50

Dumpster            inc tipping fee                                   8 YD                                                       Dump    $46.50



Equipment                         Specification                     Capacity/Size    HP                          Unit       Rate

John Deere Loader          300 CX                                   61" Bucket                                          Hr.           $25.00

1996 Diahatsu Mini Dump             MPV 237 AT        Hi Jet                                                     Hr.           $20.00



2001 JD Snowblower      828                                                                                                         Hr.          $10.00

2007 JD Tractor w/mowerand 61" Bucket                                                                              Hr.          $25.00

2000 Dodge Truck                                                                                                                            Hr.          $50.00

1992 Chevy Pickup           S10                                                                                                         Hr.          $20.00

1995 Journeyman            Bumper Flat Bed                                                                              Hr.          $15.00

1996 HM - R Trailer          Bumper Trailer                                                                                  Hr.          $15.00

1998 Ford Pickup              Ranger                                                                                                  Hr.          $20.00

2004 Arctic Cat ATV         324                                                                                                         Hr.          $10.00

Man Power:  $50 Per hour, Per Man shall added on the Equipment Rate.                                                             

Mileage:  $3 Per Mile                                                                                    

Top Soil:  $20/Yard                                                                                         

Chips:  $12/Yard (10 YD per Load)                                                                                            

Reclaimed Asphalt: $25/Yard                                                                                    

Cold Mix:  3330# = 1 YD = 1.6 Ton (this price will fluctuate as our cost does)                                         



WITHOUT STOP SIGN                                                    WITH STOP SIGN

Item                                      Amount                             Item                                      Amount

Post                                   $40.00                                   Without Sign Charges     $312.00

Anchor                               $12.00                                   Sign Cost                             $33.00

Hardware                            $10.00                                   Total Per Sign & Post     $345.00

Loader Use                         $150.00

2 Men Labor/one hour          $100.00

Total Per Post                   $312.00



                Motion by Limesand, second by West to approve the bills and the 12/20/16 meeting minutes.   RCV= all aye, MC.

                Motion by West, second by Limesand to adjourn the meeting at 4:36 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

January 17, 2017


January 17, 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)             




SW Night at the Legislature

March Madness Training – Who is attending?

Homestead Tax Credit









Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 1/5/17 Minutes, and December 2016 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.