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

Bowman City Commission



City Commission Minutes

January 05, 2021
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on January 5, 2021 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chief Headley, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Teran Doerr, Brooklyn Engelhart, Brad Mosher, and Peggy Allen.

Absent: None

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

Direct Deposit: $31,346.90; Voided Checks: None; Bills: A2Z Printing $25.50, Bowman County Auditor $400.00, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Dakota Dust-Tex $93.40, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $8,204.07, Midstates Organized Crime Info Center $100.00, ND League of Cities $2,379.00, RDO Equipment $14,450.00, VISA $1,805.24, and Western Frontier Insurance Agency $5.00.  


Dept. Head Report:  Hofland was contacted by Sherriff Eberle about putting a shipping/storage container at the landfill.  This shipping container will be purchased jointly between the Sherriff’s office and the Bowman Police Department to hold their target practice supplies at the shooting range at the city landfill.  The commission was okay with it.

Storm Drain Repairs:  MGM Welding fixed the storm drains that needed cover repairs.

Coyle Electric Invoice:   Shear said DOT felt they probably couldn’t add the Highway 12 streetlight repairs as part of the Highway 12 turning lane project.  The City is responsible for maintenance on them, so Shear had Coyle fix the lights. 


Dept Head Report:  Nothing to report.


Dept. Head Report:  Headley will do a power point end of the year report at the next meeting.


Resolution #2021-M-13 Resolution for Street Light Services:  All metered water users in the City of Bowman are billed a streetlight fee which the Bowman City Commission sets by resolution, the fee went up 25 cents per user per month for 2021.

Street light metered water users in the City of Bowman will pay $1.00 per month fee.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve Resolution #2021-M-13.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Transfer:  Allen requested the annual transfer for the street loader purchase.  Motion by Shear, second by Limesand to approve the transfer from fund #1000 to fund #3009 in the amount of $5,000.00 for the 2021 street loader purchase.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Multi Hazard Mitigation Plan:  Allen went over the items that the Emergency Operations Coordinator asked us to update in the Multi Hazard Mitigation Plan.

  1. 3rd Siren:  We will get it installed this spring, Limesand will get quotes on pricing for the pole and 3 phase electricity.
  2. Generator: The Commission will look at planning for the purchase of a generator for the Rec Center during the budgeting process.
  3. Flood Plain at Crossroads Business Park:  Brosz Engineering completed their study on the possible 100 and 500 year flood damages for the Industrial Park.  The only thing they have to do is file the plat map.
  4. Truck Reliever Route:  The traffic numbers are not sufficient enough to justify a ND DOT project.
  5. Flood Plain Insurance to Public:  Provide education for flood plain insurance.  A newspaper ad was taken out in the paper after the 3rd Avenue SE project was completed taking homes out of the flood zone.  Allen will contact Germann to see if there is anything further that needs to be done.


2021 Work Plan:  Doerr gave the Commission an overview of the BCDC work plan for 2021 that was approved by their Board of Directors. 

Trees in the Downtown Sidewalks:  Englehart explained a grant through ND Dept of Commerce and reviewed her proposal to the Commission for planting trees in the downtown area.  They would come already established at 6 to 10 feet tall.  Brosz Engineering would have to help locate possibilities for tree locations and businesses would have to allow them to put the trees in front of their businesses.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to support the grant application by approving the downtown tree proposal.  RCV= Vail – No the rest voted aye, MC. 


Next Meeting:  1/19/21 at 4:00 pm.

Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills and the December 29, 2020 minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

President James adjourned the meeting at 5:05 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

January 19, 2021
4:00 PM


Tuesday, January 19, 2021 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  -  4:05 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 Brosz) 

                                            Headley – 2020 Police Department Review



Feb 2, 2020 Meeting Date Change



Tax Abatement – Renaissance Zone Project

2021 Spring Workshop


Laptops for Water and Street Dept.

UB Email module Quote

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, December 2020 Financials, and 1/5/20 Meeting Minutes.
  • Next Meeting Date: To be set at this meeting.
  • 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