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Bowman, ND 58623-0012

Bowman City Commission


City Commission Minutes

September 15, 2014
4:30 pm

Minutes of the Special City Commission meeting held on September 15, 2014 at City Hall at 4:30 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Darrell West, Chuck Whitney, Mike Sondeland, Stacy McGee, and Peggy Allen.

President James called the meeting to order at 4:30 pm.  Motion by Sondeland, second by West to approve the agenda as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.

James reviewed the handout with the commissioners for tonight’s public meeting.  If the comments get quite lengthy, the residents will be asked to keep their comments to five minutes for each resident to be considerate of others time.

Motion by Sondeland, second by West to adjourn the meeting at 5:15pm.


Minutes of the Public Hearing meeting held on September 15, 2014 at City Hall at 6:00 PM Regarding the Tax Levy for 2015.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Darrell West, Chuck Whitney, Mike Sondeland, Stacy McGee, Peggy Allen, Chuck Headley, Margaret Ahlness, Barb Downing, Darrell Stebbins, Marie Johnson, Agnes Kitzan, Karla Hill, Duane Hill, Sheri Emch, Margie Russ, Les Snavely, Barb Sedevie, Barb Conley, Steve Conley, Paulette Deibert, Jeanette Homelvig, Lauren Homelvig, Steven Mutschelknaus, Rod Diede, Kevin Bucholz, Gerald Kempenich, Ila Schade, Ella Schaaf, Linda Siverson, Melvin Siverson, Galen Strand, Barry Mason, Astrid Kriege, Judson Seaman, Don Nordgren, Harold Schuh, Mel Bagley, Brian Caron, Robert Wiffler, Robert Wokal, Marilee Wokal, Scott Hardy, Margaret Schmitt, Gwenn Jones, and Rick Nelsen.

James called the hearing to order at 6:00 pm.  Motion by Whitney, second by Limesand to approve the agenda as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.

James reviewed the handout given to the attendees explaining factors affecting the 2015 budget.  The tax dollars asked for have remained the same for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Everyone was invited to attend the budget preparation meetings that are advertised to the public so they may understand how the budget is arrived at.  It is not an easy document to explain in just minutes.  Residents were also encouraged to stop in and talk with the auditors so they can explain the budget to them.

The following residents stated their name for the record and asked a few questions or made a statement:  Barb Conley, Rod Diede, Margie Russ, Les Snavely, Kevin Bucholz, Brian Caron, and Marie Johnson.

Motion by Whitney, second by West to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 pm.  RCV=all aye, MC.





City Commission Meeting Agenda

September 16, 2014
4:00 PM

Agenda for City Commission Meeting on Tuesday,

September 16, 2014

At City Hall 4:00 PM


*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  -  4:10 PM Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda, and Commissioners Review of Bills

 4:10  -  4:30 PM Department Heads Report         

 4:30  -  4:35 PM Slope Electric Franchise Ordinance #14.0108 Renewal, First Reading

   4:35 -   4:45 PM Meeting Start Time Change? (Morning vs. Evening)        

4:45 -  5:50 PM Park and Rec Dept. Request for 2014 Budgeted Funds

5:00 -  5:05 PM Adopt 2015 City Budget

5:05 -  5:15 PM Tree Ordinance Revisited

5:15 PM             Public Hearing on Case LDC14-006 (Bowman Lodge LLC Annexation)  The applicant is requesting: 1) annexation of property into the City of Bowman that is + 2.73 acres and is zoned C-1 (Commercial); and 2) the first reading of the ordinance.  The property is located on the south side of Highway 12 where 2nd Avenue SW intersects with Highway 12.



Send Flowers to Sick Employee

Senn Renaissance Zone Project Final Approval

SW Night at the Legislature

Joint Shop Phone Quote

Letter from Rod Landbloom (Roosevelt Custer)



Update on Request for BLM Funds for Sidewalk Project


Close of Meeting


Approval of Bills, 09/02/14 Minutes, August 2014 Municipal Judges Report, Aug. 25 – 27, 2014 Budget Meeting Minutes and August 2014 Financials.


Open Forum

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.

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.

Michael Sondeland

Water and Sewer Department Commissioner

Michael Sondeland is the newest member of the Bowman City Commission being elected to office in June of 2008.  Mike is serving as the Water and Sewer Department Commissioner.  He and his wife Colleen have live in the city of Bowman for 22 years where he served as District Conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Bowman Slope Soil Conservation District.  Mike, after receiving a degree in Agriculture from NDSU in 1970, retired in January of 2008 after more than 40 years with the U S Department of Agriculture.

Mike and Colleen have two children, a daughter -in-law and two grandchildren

Chuck Whitney

Street and Garbage Commissioner

Charles "Chuck " Whitney was elected to the Bowman City Commission in 2012 and serves as the Street and Garbage Commissioner.  Chuck received his BA from UNC, did work towards a Masters in Brussels Belgium and received a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College in Davenport IA.  He has subsequently completed three post doctoral diplomat programs in Orthopedics, Neurology and Acupuncture.  He has has lived in Bowman since 1981 excepting the 3 years in Davenport. 

Chuck and his wife Terri have three children, Chad, Jennifer and Brent.

Darren Limesand


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 five children:  Alexia, Addam, Quade, Mark, and David.  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.