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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

October 06, 2020
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on October 6, 2020 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chief Headley, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Stacy McGee, Chanell Walby, Melinda Padilla Lynch, Josh Buchman, Ed Kvalle, and Peggy Allen.

Absent: Darren Limesand

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

Check #12190 – 12227; Direct Deposit: $25,713.27; Salary Checks: None; Voided Checks: None;  Bills:  Art Johnson $71.87, Advanced Business Methods $144.69, Bowman Auto Parts $408.41, Bowman Sales and Service $44,700.00, Brosz Engineering $3,477.50, Catherine Hedge $350.00, CNHI Capitol $87.36, Consolidated Telecom $1,271.59, Country Media $234.77, Dacotah Paper $26.64, Dakota Dust-Tex $140.10, Dakota Western Bank $138.05, EIDO Connect $66.50, Hawkins $2,095.37, Katie Dilse $1,250.00, KPOK $40.00, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $7386.57, ND Attorney General $79.00, ND Post Board $90.00, Newby’s Ave Hardware $152.91, Northern Safety and Industrial $156.83, One Call $72.00, Peace Officer Standards $135.00, ProPoint $1,336.75, Protection Systems $480.00, Repeat Outlet $5.00, Southwest Business Machine $57.99, SW District Unit $120.00, Team Laboratory Chemical $625.50, Tiger Electric $332.01, Valley City Police Department $79.00, VISA $1,027.23, Waddington Boom Truck $2,400.00, Westlie Crossroads Truck Center $826.86, and Bowman Sales & Service $1,539.76.

Tax and Tourism Checks: #12226 - 12227

Tax and Tourism Bills:  All Seasons Arena $2,000.00 and Bowman County Development Corporation $5,142.50.


COVID-19:  McGee gave an update on COVID-19 related items.  McGee and Allen have moved into separate offices in case one gets sick, if they stay separated even though they have a common area, more than likely they won’t have to self-quarantine.  If they are both listed as a close contact, they can still work in City Hall, but City Hall will have to close its doors.

Water Vacant Position:  We will wait until spring to see if we want to rehire for the vacant position.


Dept. Head Report:  The department has been busy.  Discussion was held regarding cases and lack of prosecution.  Once case reports have been turned in, it is out of the police departments hands.


Law Enforcement Conference:  Lynch gave an update on the Law Enforcement Conference she organized.  There are 52 attendees and 9 speakers attending.  There are people coming from WY, SD, ND, and MT and the post board will give credit hours toward the attendees.  The conference is October 14th and 15th at the Bowman Lodge.  The attendees will be going out to do events at different businesses to showcase what our town offers.


Trick or Treating:  James has been asked if the City was going to allow trick or treating.  The Commission agreed to not regulate trick or treating, it’s up to the parents and homeowners whether they want to participate.  They just suggest that people follow the CDC guidelines.


Public Hearing:  No one was present to express their opinion on the tax levy for 2021.  Therefore, the hearing was closed.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to adopt the 2021 final budget.  RCV= all aye, MC.


City Hall Soil Sample:  ProPoint took a sample of the soil in front of City Hall.  The sample went down 6” and the results came back as 1,000 times more alkaline than normal limits.  Awhile back we dug out 12” of soil and replaced it, and prior to the sod replacement in 2020, they dug out 4” of soil, so it must be leaching back up to the topsoil.  The Commission is supposed to think about what we should do for the front of City Hall and bring ideas to the first meeting in April.


SCHOOL LAND:  Bowman County School has decided to sell the north part of Block 25 to the City of Bowman for $1.00.  The parking lot portion behind the Rec Center will still be leased to Park and Rec. by the School District. 

The City wants a signed agreement with Park and Rec as far as whose responsibility the property and building upkeep is, so it is clear for any current or new Park and Rec Board Members, City Commissioners or Park and Rec Director. 

Park and Rec needs to have a land survey done to get the correct meets and bounds description and to be done at the expense of Park and Rec per the Bowman County School District.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the purchase of the Bowman County School District land for $1.00 as long as Park and Rec does the survey and the deed.  RCV= all aye, MC.  The land shall consist of Block 25 Milwaukee Addition where the permanent structures are including the Rouzie Rec Center, pool, and skate park.  The south portion and the back-parking lot area will remain the property of the Bowman County School District.

Bond:  Once the purchase of the land is complete, Park and Rec would like to move forward with their expansion project.  Their intention is to use their city sales tax funds to pay for the bond and they would like the city to back the bond.


They would like to block off the street by the City Park and use fire pits on the streets.  They will have a movie, hot dogs, and maybe smores.  It would be the same fire pits they used on Main Street during Rock the Block, so there won’t be any damage to the streets.  Headley will talk to Hofland regarding putting out the barricades to block off the street.


                Resolution #2020-F-18:  Resolution for Funding 2021 PACE, FLEX PACE, Micro-loans and Interest Buy Downs.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Vail to approve Resolution #2020-F-18 and switch the wording to Bowman City Commission instead of County.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Cleaners Building Update:  Allen presented a proposal for asbestos abatement at the Cleaners building that needs to be done prior to demolition.  Allen asked if utilities had been disconnected to the building.  Vail stated the gas has been disconnected and Vail will look to see if the power has been disconnected too.  Motion by Vail, second by Schaaf to approve the proposal from Total Control, Inc. to remove the basement boiler insulation from dirt floor and crawlspace and duct insulation for $4,200.00 at the Cleaners building.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Transfer Request:   Allen presented a request for transfers from the following funds:  1000 to 3035 Police Capitol in the amount of $9,500.00, 1000 to 2400 Safe Routes to School Projects in the amount of $5,000.00, and 1000 to 2010 Municipal Highway in the amount of $25,500.00.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the transfers as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.

TAP Grant 2023 and 2024:   Allen presented information on another TAP grant for 2023 and 2024.  The Commission requested to have Jon Brosz come to the next meeting to talk about it.

Raffle Permit #24-18:  Allen presented raffle permit #34-18 for the Catholic Daughters for approval.  Motion by Vail, second by Shear to approve raffle permit #24-18 for the Catholic Daughters.  RCV= all aye MC.

Extra Territorial Zone Procedure:  Allen handed out the process for handling projects in the ET Zone since there had been a previous question on how it worked.

Slope Electric Rates:  Their rates went up effective October 1st.  They City has a very minimal amount of Slope Electric metered lights.

WDEA Annual Meeting:  President James will be registered for this meeting because she sits on the board, no other Commissioners wanted to be registered for the virtual meeting.


Next Meeting:  10/20/20 at 4:00 pm.

Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills and 9/15/20 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

President James adjourned the meeting at 5:20 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

October 20, 2020
4:00 PM


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 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.


Call 346-248-7799     Meeting ID: 821 8278 0364      Passcode: 618524

 4:00  -  4:05 PM              Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

                                         Commissioners Review of Bills

 4:05 – 4:30 PM               Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (McGee, Hofland, Mason, Headley, and Doerr) 


Liquor License Transfer Question

Tax Deed Property Sale Price

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 10/6/20 Meeting Minutes, and September 2020 Financials.
  • Next Meeting Date:  11/4/20  (Wednesday)
  • 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.

2019 Bowman City Commission Meeting Dates


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


January 3**                                                 July 2

January 15                                                   July 17**

                                                                        July 23, 25 & 29***          


February 5                                                   August 6

February 19                                                 August 20


March 5                                                        September 3*

March 19                                                      September 17


April 2                                                            October 3**

April 2 - Equalization Mtg. 3:30 pm      October 22**

                        April 16


May 7                                                             November 5

May 21                                                          November 19


June 4                                                            December 3

June 18                                                         December 30**


            * 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. 


            *** 2019 Budget Prep Meetings:  July 23rd and 25th 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 29th will be an extra day if needed.            

Lyn James

President of the City Commission

Lyn James is the owner of Flowers and Cappuccino by Lasting Visions in Bowman, ND, and has been in business for 33 years.   She is passionate about her community and is currently serving her fifth 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, is the Chair of the Bowman Tax and Tourism Committee and is a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and Bowman Rotary Club.   She represents North Dakota cities as a member of the ND Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, as the Chair of the ND Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, the Western Dakota Energy Association Executive Board, and the ND Workforce Development Council.   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.

City Commissioner                                                President of City Commission


Term 1           1996-2000                                         Term 1           2004-2008


Term 2           2000-2004                                         Term 2           2008-2012


                                                                                    Term 3           2012-2016


                                                                                    Term 4           2016-2020


                                                                                    Term 5           2020-2024


Darren Limesand

Vice-Chair of City Commission and Finance Commissioner

Darren Limesand is an independent financial advisor. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® with advanced training and competency in the subject of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement a prudent process. He is aligned with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., one of the most respected independent broker-dealers in the industry and shares their core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness. Darren is a former accountant and a banker for 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Darren is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Plan Advisors, as well as his local Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and the Bowman Volunteer Fire Department.  Darren is also on the tree board for the City of Bowman and is the Finance Commissioner.  In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing


City Commissioner

Term 1           2014-2018

Term 2           2018-2022

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.  Ryan as two children: Isaiah and Isabella. 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. 


City Commissioner

Term 1           2016 - 2020

Term 2           2020 - 2024

Mryon "Tiger" Vail

Water/Sewer Commissioner

Myron was raised in Bowman and graduated from Bowman High School in 1977.  He furthered his education at NDSSS Electrical and became an electrician and owned and operated Tiger Electric in Bowman for 20 years and has since retired.

He is married to Lori Vail and together they have 3 children (Leah, Forrest and Brent).

Myron currently serves on the Bowman County Zoning Board and the City of Bowman Tree Board.  His hobbies including flipping houses and being a Grandpa.

Myron’s motto is “Fixing up Bowman, one house at a time


City Commissioner

Term 1           1992 - 1996

Term 2           2016 - 2020

Term 3           2020 - 2024

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 motorcycle, watching supercross and motocross, and spending time with his family.


City Commissioner


Term 1           2018-2022