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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

May 02, 2017
4:00 pm


Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on May 2, 2017 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

                Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Darrell West, Myron Vail, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Cheryl Ryan, Teran Doerr, Cole Benz, Jean Nudell, Kevin Bucholz, Laura Webber, Tiffany Kees, Dean Pearson, and Jon Brosz.  Absent:  None

President James called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm.  James asked to add oil and gas gross production tax to the agenda under open forum.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the amended agenda.   RCV= all aye, MC.

                Checks: #9886 – 9916; Payroll Checks: # N/A; Direct Deposit: $25,279.27; Voided Checks: N/A                   Salaries: none ; Bills:  Melinda Lynch $37.00, Pete Knopp $37.00, Advanced Business Methods $218.20, American Planning Association $309.00, Axon Enterprise Inc. $1,164.12, Bowman County Auditor $300.00, Bowman Park and Rec $9316.86, Bowman Sales and Service $32.70, Brosz Engineering $13,637.50, Cashway Bldg Center $25.00, Dacotah Paper $42.86, Dakota Dust-Tex $84.85, Dakota Supply Group $288.12, Ferguson Waterworks $4,243.43, Fidelity Security Life $70.25, John Deere Financial $139.52, McGee Mchanics Team $559.01, MDU $8,436.50, ND Planning Association $50.00, Newby’s Ace Hardware $4.99, NW Tire $21.85, Southwest Business Machine $360.99, Southwest Health Care $119.00, SW Auto Supply $198.10, VISA $136.93, WEX Bank $3,024.08, BCDC $5,000.00, Bowman Fire Department $33,575.00, and Catherine Hedge $800.00.

                Tax and Tourisms Committee Checks #9892, 9893 and 9895

                Tax and Tourism Committee Bills: BCDC $375.00, Bowman Park and Rec $2,000.00, and Bowman Team Roping $1,500.00.


                Dept. Head Report:  Nothing to report. 


                Dept. Head Report:  Mason and Wallman performed the first meter reading on the new radio read meter system.  The auditors are working on the first customer billing.


                There will be a public meeting at City Hall for the Main Street businesses regarding the Main Street Water Main Project at 5:45 pm tonight.  JK Excavation and Brosz Engineering will be here so the public can meet the contractor and answer questions. 

                The project agreements were presented for a signature.  The performance and payment bonds are not here yet.  The bonds should be here prior to their estimated start time.

                Attorney Wild felt it was ok to let JK Excavation start working on temporary water because they would be working with a local plumber.  The performance and payment bonds will be in place prior to any digging taking place.  Motion by West, second by Shear to sign the agreements with between JK Excavation and Construction and the City of Bowman for the Main Street Water Main Replacement Project.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                Dept. Head Report:  The PD has received their new body cameras.  The cameras download to a place in Texas; there is a monthly fee for the download service of which we are still under the old contract for another year.  They are exploring downloading the videos on the laptops so we do not have to pay a monthly fee.


RZ Zone Appointment:  Allen said the Chamber of Commerce chose Emily Bostyan to fill the empty Renaissance Zone Board seat that was vacated by Nate Lee.  Motion by Limesand, second by West to appoint Emily Bosytan to the Renaissance Zone Board as the Chamber of Commerce Representative.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Budget Amendments and Transfers:  Allen requested to create fund #3074 for the Main Street Water Main Project.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve: creating fund #3074 for the Water Main Replacement Project, the 2017 budget amendments and transfer as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC. 



Gross Production Tax Legislative Update: James gave an update on gross oil and gas production tax.  In 2019 there will be $4,000,000.00 that will come out of the gross production tax funds in the state to help fund airports in Dickinson and Willison.  This would equate to 1 to 2% out of the gross production tax that Bowman receives.  There will be a “study of needs” to determine how much is needed in each city and county that receives this tax. 

Main St. Water Main Project:  The City Commission will be attending the main street water main replacement meeting at 5:45 and no decisions will be made by the Commission, it’s only informational. 


Request for Funds:  Brosz requested the Bowman Fire Department’s 2017 budgeted funds in the amount of $33,757.00.  Motion by West, second by Shear to release the Bowman Fire Department’s 2017 budgeted funds in the amount of the $33,757.00.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Limesand asked why entities have to come back to request budgeted funds, James said it was so we could get a report from them and financial reports to verify the need.  The commission will reconsider this topic during budget meetings.


Severe Weather Siren Activation:  Pearson and Germann tested the sirens last week and there was problem with National Weather Service’s Scranton tower which is not Bowman’s responsibility. 

Bowman’s 11th Avenue siren didn’t go off when tested; Vail will look at the siren to see if it’s an electrical issue.  Pearson stated these sirens are not true tornado sirens; their purpose is to notify you of impending bad weather when you are outside so you know you need to take cover.   Headley suggested testing these sirens on the first day of the month at noon to make sure that they are working.

Pearson suggested moving a siren to the ball diamonds to cover more area, to optimize coverage since the town has grown.  Commissioner West feels that we need to look into the costs for adding another siren.

Headley stated he would work with Pearson when there was bad weather. 

James asked if there is a community service advertisement we could publish that explains to the public what the sirens are used for.



PACE Interest Buy Down Loans:  Doerr asked for the 2017 budgeted PACE interest buy down funds.  These funds will go towards the purchase of the old SWHC Clinic, purchased by Jennifer Sarsland for a dental clinic.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to release the 2017 budgeted funds in the amount of $5,000.00 for the PACE interest buy down funds to the Bowman County Development Corporation.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Bowman Theater:  The Bowman Theater has been for sale for a while and there has been no interest by anyone to purchase it.  The BCDC has completed an evaluation of the business and is interested in making it a community owned theater similar to other small theaters in the state.   The owners are asking $200,000.00 and the BCDC is proposing an offer of $100,000.00.  There are repairs that need to be made so the BCDC office obtained an estimate from R and L Construction for $60,000.00 for repairs to the building, those funds would have to be fundraised.   BCDC office would own the building and have the nonprofit status for donations and an LLC would form to take over the management.  The BCDC office is asking for $50,000.00 from the City and $50,000.00 from the County.  The BCDC already owns the digital equipment at the theater.  The County was open to the idea of purchasing the theater but they had contingencies they wanted in place.  The BCDC office would need funds from both the County and the City or else they could not make the purchase.

  The BCDC office has researched what other communities have done that were in the same situation as ours.  It’s a recreational public service for the community; they want to reach other potential other than just movies.  They would like more performing arts there.  Vail feels they couldn’t have picked a worse time to ask.  The commission felt they should come ask at budgeting time.  They will come back in the fall to request to be considered in budgeted funds.  The NDREC has a loan program at 1% interest if the City needed to give them the money over a period of time.

Vison West:  Allen told the Commission Vision West is requesting cities to become a member.  This is a way to increase their revenue since they are feeling the financial crunch.  They help with strategic planning in oil counties.  They are asking for our city’s membership in the amount of $250.00. 

Limesand said he feels we should not expend the funds.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to decline the Vision West invitation request.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by West, second by Shear to approve the bills, 4/18/17 and 4/24/17 Tax Equalization Meeting Minutes with changes and the 4/18/17 City Commission Meeting Minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to adjourn the meeting at 5:12 pm.   RCV= all aye, MC.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

May 16, 2017


May 16, 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 and Approval of Agenda

                         Commissioners Review of Bills

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


 4:30  -  4:45 PM Public hearing for Case No. LDC17-004 (Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance)   The City is considering moderate text changes to its alcoholic beverage ordinance, and newly proposed text that will require a conditional use permit for the sale of alcohol that will be incorporated in the land use development code.  If approved, the first reading of the ordinance will occur.   The proposed changes are citywide. 


  4:45 PM                                Summerfest – Becky Brooks and Sarah Stuchl    



City Sales Tax Agreement

Raffle Permits for Yesterday’s Farmers Permit #23-81 and #23-85

MFOA and HR Collaborative Meetings in Bismarck



Highway Boulevards


Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 5/2/17 Minutes, April 2017 Financials and April 2017 Judges Report.   
  • Next Meeting Date:  June 6, 2017
  • 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.


2015 City Commission Meeting Dates
*Meetings start at 4:00 PM at City Hall, unless otherwise stated!

January 6
January 20*

February 3
February 17*

March 3
March 24**

April 2** 
April 23** Equalization Meeting at 8:00 AM
April 23**

May 5
May 19

June 2
June 16

July 7
July 21

August 4
August 18

September 1
September 15

October 6
October 20

November 3
November 17

December 1
December 15


* Meeting falls the day after a holiday, therefore agenda requests must be in the City Auditors Office by the Friday before the meeting at 11:00 am.   

**  The regular scheduled meeting was changed to the listed date due to a conflict.

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. 

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 six children:  Alexia, Addam, Quade, Mark, David and William.  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.