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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

January 21, 2020
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on January 21, 2020 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, Melinda Padilla Lynch and Teran Doerr. 

Absent:  None 

President James called the meeting order at 4:00 pm.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the agenda as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.  Checks:  #11775 – 11789; Direct Deposit: $25,471.71; Voided Checks: None; Salary Check # none; Salaries: none;  Bills:  Carmel’s Cleaner $130.68, Consolidated Telecom $1,327.43, Country Media $269.28, Dakota Pump & Control $716.00, Galls, $202.99, Hawkins, Inc. $78.57, John Deere Financial $45.38, Mahlon Smith Repair $360.00, Olympic Sales $89.50, Ross Dannhoff $10.52, Slope Electric $1,276.00, Southwest Healthcare Services $45.00, Tennant Sales $75.55, Verizon Wireless $438.43, Wild and Weiss $200.00.


Dept. Head Report:  Hofland applied for a burn permit but can’t burn the landfill pit until we get snow. 


Dept. Head Report:  Nothing to report.


ND Law Enforcement Admin Support Conference:  Lynch gave the Commission an overview of a Conference she would like to get started for police department administrative assistants.  It would move location every 2 years to different cities. 

Jackie Stebbins and Chief Headley will be speakers at no cost. The POST board would like Lynch to come and explain her idea to them.  Lynch would like the Commission to approve having the conference in Bowman and there is no cost being incurred directly by the City.  Lynch approached the Tax and Tourism Committee and NIDRF for funds to help pay for the conference which is about $8,500.00 for the entire conference with catering.  Lynch is hoping to get the registration fee down to $100.00 per person. 

Commission gives their approval on this event and feels it will be a great event for our community. 


Doerr said that the sponsoring liability requirenent is discouraging people from participating.  There was discussion on removing the requirement as long as the businesses dispensing alcohol provide their own alcohol liability insurance.

Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to change the non-liquor application by deleting the sponsor requirement and instead require a certificate or proof of appropriate alcohol related liability insurance.  RCV= all aye, MC.

There was a question about having beer from a brewery in Montana as a beverage during the Art and Wine Walk to have men want to attend the event.  The Commission felt they had no jurisdiction over that, the brewery must follow State regulations.


Cleaners Building Demolition:  MDU doesn’t want to remove the gas line until spring.  The personal property that is still in the Cleaners building is now considered abandoned property.  They were asked to remove it in the correspondence from our Attorney.  Vail will get quotes from local contractors to haul off the waste.  Vail will also talk to JK Excavation regarding demolition of the building and hauling off debris. 

MDU will be sending a demotion form for auditor to fill out.


Census 2020 Meeting:  James and Allen will attend the Census meeting on February 3, 2020 in Bismarck.

Legacy Fund Meeting:  This meeting is to discuss options on spending of Legacy Funds.  Doerr will attend and Limesand will try to attend.


Motion by Shear, by Schaaf to approve the bills, 1/7/20 Meeting Minutes and the 2019 December Financials.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Next Meeting Date:  February 4, 2020

President James adjourned the meeting at 5:16 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

February 04, 2020
4:00 PM


Tuesday, February 4, 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.


 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, Hofland, Mason, Headley, and Brosz) 

 4:40 PM                              SW Healthcare – City Sales Tax Fund Request


Resolution 2020-W/S – Revised Establishing Water/Sewer Service Charges


Street Light Inquiry

Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Letter of Support

Homestead Tax Credit

Resolution #2020-M-10 Establishing Bowman Complete Count Committee for 2020 Census

Non-Liquor License Permit for Alcohol Related Events Policy

Schmitz-Holstrom Audit Agreement


Zoning Update

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills and 1/21/20 Meeting Minutes.
  • Next Meeting Date:  February 18, 2020
  • 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 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.