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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

June 05, 2018
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on June 5, 2018 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Darrell West, Larry Fischer, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Sarah Snavely, Edna Paulson, Jean Nudell, Jennifer Wild, and Josh Lindstrom.  Absent: None

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

Checks: # 10647 – 10687, Direct Deposit $27,784.75;  Payroll Checks: #103288 – 103289; Voided Checks: # 103287;  Salaries: $1,829.69;  Bills:  Postmaster $374.15, Art Johnson $74.25, A2Z Printing $51.75, Advanced Business Methods $153.42, Bowman Auto Parts $141.89, Bowman Cemetery Association $3,467.59, Bowman Chamber of Commerce $1,700.00, Bowman County Development Corporation $43,325.00, Bowman Drug $5.78, Bowman Fire Department $33,575.00, Bowman Golf Course $21,250.00, Bowman Park and Rec $21,250.00, Bowman Regional Public Library $17,745.00, Brosz Engineering $11,277.50, Catherine Hedge $350.00, CNHI Capitol $79.08, Country Media $990.36, Coyle Electric $115.00, Dacotah Paper $188.47, Dakota Dust-Tex $129.05, Dakota Pump and Control Co. $650.00, Dakota Western Bank $52.42, EIDO Connect $42.00, Fallon County Treasurer $5,691.50, Hawkins, Inc. $627.77, KPOK $90.00, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $8,418.18, Newby’s Ace Hardware $9.99, Northside Truck and Auto Center $682.18, One Call Concepts $27.60, Pioneer Trails Museum $25,500.00, Ray’s Repair Service $281.20, S & T Plumbing $2,748.19, Sanitation Products $143.38, Southwest Business Machine $184.85, SW Ag $92.68, SW Auto Supply $107.52, The Bismarck Tribune $33.22, VISA $651.94, and Western Frontier Insurance $50.00

     Tax and Tourism Checks #10688 - 10690

     Tax and Tourism Bills:  Empowering Leaders $1,000.00, Little Spurs Rodeo $500.00, and Pioneer Trails Museum $1,287.00.


                Dept. Head Report:  The Durapatcher came last week and they are working on the streets that are getting chip sealed first, and then will work on the rest of the streets.  The chip seal project should be done by July 4th.


                 Water Tower Repairs:  The ND Dept. of Health did inspection on 15th of May.  They wrote a letter to the City requiring action to be taken.  We have 90 days from the date of the letter which was dated May 25th to have a plan to fix the exterior of the water tower cover.  We were already in the process of applying for grants to help with the expense prior to his inspection.  It will cost approximately $40,000.00 for just the cover repair and around $600,000.00 for the entire water tower renovation.  We will shoot for first meeting in July for a plan of action.  Limesand will check with Brosz on grant status.

               Sprinkler System:  Vail and Mason have been working with Terry’s Waterworks repairing the sprinkler system in the boulevards.  They can’t get past the first section without the system having issues.  Terry’s Waterworks has been here three times and there is still no progress due to the first section not holding pressure.  Tax and Tourism is paying for the assessment of what needs to be repaired up to $750.00.   Mason and Vail will work on trying to get the pressure to hold on the first section and will go from there. 


                Dept. Head Report:  The department is working on sending letters to residents for non-maintained lawns.


                 One Call Member Ticket Agreement: One Call has decided to go paperless by 2019, and we will be receiving tickets via email.  We need to sign an agreement saying they have no responsibility if the internet system fails to send us the one call.

Motion by Vail, second by Shear to accept the member agreement and status ticket agreement.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Court Services Contract:  Allen went over the requested changes by the Bowman County Commissioners.  Limesand wanted to know why they made changes to the percentage of collected fines the County and the City received.  The split was changed from 20/20% to 10/30% with the County receiving 30%.  Allen will contact the County Auditor to inquire why they changed the percentage and will notify the Commissioners.

           Audit:  Wosepka was unable to attend the meeting to review the audit due to medical reasons.  Wosepka said to inform the board that there were no problems and he needed permission to send the audit on to the state for final review.  Motion by Limesand, second by West to approve the 2017 audit completed by Wosepka.  RCV= all aye, MC.

           1st Reading of Municipal Ordinance Chapter 1:  Allen reviewed the necessary changes to the ordinance to abolish the municipal judge position and to change some typographical errors.  The second reading will be at the next meeting.

           Sanitary Sewer and Waterline Easement from Yesterday’s Farmers:  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve President James to sign the Access Water and Sanitary Sewer Easement.  There is a $10.00 fee payable to Yesterday’s Farmers for the easement that will come out of the project fund.  RCV= all aye, MC.


             2019 Budget Request: The board for the library consists of:  Edna Paulson, Jennifer Wild, Jean Nudell, Ed Qually (not in attendance), and Commissioner West.  The library is requesting $20,745.00 in budgeted funds, plus 4 Mills to be levied and the cost of group insurance in the amount of $6,935.00 for 2019 budget consideration. 


         2019 Budget Request:  Lindstrom gave a report on the finances and is requesting $21,250.00 for 2019 budget consideration for the golf course.  


          Motion by Limesand, second by West to approve the bills and the 5/14/18 minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

          Next Meeting:  June 19 and Vail informed the commission that he will be absent.

          Motion by West, second by Limesand to adjourn the meeting at 5:17 pm.   RCV= all aye MC.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

June 05, 2018
4:00 PM



June 5, 2018 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  -  4:45 PM               Sarah Snavely -Bowman Public Library Request for 2019 Budget Consideration   

 4:45  -  4:55 PM               Josh Lindstrom – Sweetwater Golf Course Request for 2019 Budget Consideration

 4:55 PM                          Chapter 1 of the Municipal Code –First reading of the Changes that abolish the judges position



One Call Contract

Court Services Contract Changes?

Audit Approval










Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, and 5/14/18 Minutes   
  • Next Meeting Date:  June 19, 2018
  • 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

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.