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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

April 02, 2019
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Tax Equalization Board Meeting held on April 2, 2019 at City Hall at 3:30 PM.

Commissioners, Auditor and Assessors Present:    Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Jodi Frier, Peggy Allen and Dean Pearson. 

Residents:  None

President James called the Tax Equalization Meeting to order at 3:35 pm.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the agenda.   RCV = all aye, MC.


All property valuations must be within 90% to 100% to be in tolerance with the state requirements.

Agricultural Land:  Agricultural valuation is figured by the type of soil on your land.  There is very little agricultural land within the City limits.  Currently we are we are at a 96% valuation for agricultural land.  No increase recommended.

Commercial land:  The assessors had to add in sales from 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 to get 30 sales to figure the valuation.  Currently property is selling for more than what they are appraised for they so know they need to start raising values.  Recommending no change leave at 100% valuation. 

Residential:  Residential is also figured by 30 sales, there were 24 sales in 2018 which put the valuation at 88%, since there were only 24 sales, they added 2017 sales which totaled 56 sales, making the valuation 92.41%.  The assessors are recommending a 3% increase on residential properties.  It is important to do incremental increases when appropriate instead of a large increase at once. 

City of Bowman will be reappraised in 2022 or 2023 and it will take about 2 years.


There is no public present for discussion on their taxes.


Recommendation is to leave agricultural valuation at 96% and commercial valuation at 100% and recommend a 3% increase for Residential to total 95.41%.

Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to equalize and correct the assessment roll and increase residential valuation by 3% and leave agricultural and commercial as is.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Any taxpayer that didn’t attend today, that got a notice of increase can still come to the equalization meeting at the county and then they can go to the state, and then it goes to district court.

Motion by Limesand second by Schaff to adjourn the Tax Equalization Meeting at 3:55 pm.   RCV= all aye, MC.

 Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on April 2, 2019 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Brian Caron, Pete Knopp, Todd Walby, and Aaron Allen.

Absent:  None

President James called the meeting order at 4:00 pm.  James would like to add SB 2344 under her agenda topics.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaff to approve the amended agenda.  RCV= all aye, MC.

 Checks: 11211 – 11231; Direct Deposit: $26,963.20; Voided Checks: None; Bills: Pete Knopp $55.00, Advanced Business Methods $138.56, Brosz Engineering $4,510.00, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Dakota Dust-Tex $89.90, Dakota Western Bank $95.75, Hawkins, $630.70, Larry Fischer $40.00, Loretta Olind $400.00, Lyn James $417.60, MDU $8,578.26, Newby’s Ace Hardware $41.13, Northwest Tire $80.04, Postmaster $369.25, Pro-Forms $1,028.05, Ray’s Repair $159.75, Ross Dannhoff $224.50, Starion Bond Services $132,314.00, SW District Health Unit $120.00, Valli Info Systems $25.00, and VISA $2,867.12.


Dept. Head Report:  Street crew is sweeping up the sand and dirt in the streets and started pumping out the landfill pits.  The ground is really soft and they are asking people to wait on bringing anything out to the landfill until it dries out.

Chip Seal:  Hofland spoke with Brosz about making a proposed chip seal map so we would have an idea of what the cost would be for some streets that are in need.  This would be a joint project with the County.  Hofland stated that there is an area north of the tracks that was done in 2010 that is coming apart and should be sealed.  Hofland will work with Biggs from the County regarding the bidding. 

Garbage Shop:  Hofland asked when the Commission was anticipating putting concrete in the garbage building.  Hofland said the doors cannot shut properly until there is concrete flooring installed.  The Commission approved for Hofland and Shear to get a quote on the cost of the concrete.


Dept. Head Report:  Mason hired Beylund to dig a trench in the drainage ditch that goes through Ridl’s pasture, the water was backing up and they couldn’t get in there with their backhoe.  Mason has never seen the east side that full of water. 

School Hydrant Project:  Mason said they will get the dirt off the school’s land that was piled up from the hydrant repair when it dries up.


Officer Fischer:  Headley was unable to attend; Officer Fischer didn’t have anything to report.    


Homestead Tax Credit and Over Valuation on Property Tax:  Allen presented a Homestead Tax Credit application and an over valuation refund application.  Motion by Schaff, second by Limesand to approve the Homestead Tax Credit in the amount of $282.65 and the over valuation in the amount of $615.93.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Mutual Aid Agreement:  Allen presented a mutual aid agreement for emergencies and disasters between the City and the County.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the mutual aid agreement between the City of Bowman and Bowman County.  RCV= all aye, MC.


            SB2344 Update:  James stated that if it doesn’t pass, Denbury is likely to pull out of the County with their CO2 Recapture Project.  James has been testifying at the legislature on this bill.


Chapters 4 – 7A of the Municipal Code:  Ryan reviewed minor grammatical changes, title changes, etc. in the Municipal code. 

Chapter 4 Fire Protection:  Our fire department operates as a 503(c) non-profit.  There is no fire district in our area and they receive donations, funds from the City to operate and receive grants.  They do not have a mill levy for funding.  Firearms and explosives will be moved from Chapter 4 to Chapter 5 Police Department.

After the Commission reviews of all the chapters, the Municipal Code will be brought forward as one book for approval, except the first 3 chapters which were already approved.


This appointment did not show.  James felt we should have a public meeting prior to budget time regarding snow gates.


Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills, the 3/19/19 meeting minutes and the February 2018 Financials.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Next meeting is April 16, 2019.

President James adjourned the meeting at 4:48 pm.






City Commission Meeting Agenda

April 16, 2019
4:00 PM


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 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, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

                                          Commissioners Review of Bills

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

 4:30  - 5:00 PM                Anderson Western – Industrial Park Street Gravel Issue

 5:00 PM                            Sandy Steckler and Brian Caron – Street repair on East side of Steckler and Caron house and Snow Removal


NDIRF Voting and Annual Meeting

Policy Manual

Snow Gate Informational Public Meeting Date June 4?



Methodist Church – Flag Day Request


Garbage Shop Addition Floor and Heating System

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 4/2/19 Meeting Minutes, 4/2/19 Tax Equalization Meeting Minutes and March 2019 Financials.   
  • Next Meeting Date:  May 7, 2019
  • 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.

2018 Bowman City Commission Meeting Dates


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


January 4**                                                 July 3

January 16*                                                 July 17

                                                                    July 24, 26 & 31***         


February 6                                                   August 6**

February 20*                                                August 21


March 6                                                        September 4*

March 20                                                      September 18


April 3                                                            October 2

April 3 - Equalization Mtg. 3:30 pm              October 16

             April 17


May 1                                                               November 5**

May 14**                                                     November 20


June 5                                                              December 4

June 19                                                            December 18

             June 26

            * 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. 


            *** 2018 Budget Prep Meetings:  July 24th and 26th  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 31st will be an extra day if needed.


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

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 motocycle, watcing supercross and motorcross, and spendig time with his family.