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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

October 04, 2016
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on October 4, 2016 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, and Cheryl Ryan.

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

                Checks: #9481 – 9508; Payroll Checks: # 103266 – 103268; Direct Deposit: $27,466.85; Voided Check: # 103265; Salaries: $385.37; Bills:  Art Johnson $108.00, Advanced Business Methods $36.66, Bowman Auto Parts $28.99, Bowman Sales and Service $31.22, Brosz Engineering $7,985.00, CM Services $1,737.88, Dakota Dust-Tex $80.80, Dakota Supply Group $3,118.81, Farmers Union $867.74, Fidelity Security Life $127.51, Hawkins, Inc. $621.62, Lasting Visions $54.00, MDU $7,727.41, ND Association of Oil and Gas PC $4,000.00, ND League of Cities $675.00, Newby’s Ace Hardware $24.47, Newman Traffic Signs $275.34, Ramkota Hotel $109.00, Ray’s Filters $142.50, Ray’s Repair Service $59.20, Respond Systems $49.98, Starion Bond Services $4,242.00, SW Auto Supply $155.36, Swanston Equipment Corporation $436.15, VISA $594.96, West Plains Implement Co. $78.50, WEX Bank $3,977.51, and Catherine Hedge $1,040.00


                Dept. Head Report:  Hofland informed the Commission that the cost of the replacement loader that is rotated every two years will be $20,000.00.  This expense was approved to be in January 2017, with possible delivery of the loader in December 2016.  

                Fall wood and branch cleanup week is next week, October 10 – 15, 2016.


                Dept. Head Report:  Float testing on the hydrants was completed and forwarded to ISO from Brosz Engineering.  ISO will give the Bowman Fire Department the rating when they are done configuring it. 

                City Park Sprinkler Repair:  Park and Rec is requesting the City to pay for the repairs that are needed due to second sewer main break in the City Park. The quote from Mendoza Plumbing and Sprinkler Services is $1,200.00 for the repairs.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the Mendoza Plumbing and Sprinkler Service quote in the amount of $1,200 to fix the damaged sprinklers at the City Park.  The funds will come from the Surge Fund.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                Dept. Head Report:  In 2017-2018 Headley and Mahon (BCS Superintendent) will be implementing the DARE program at the Bowman County School System.  The cost is roughly $1.29 per student for materials of which the funds may be used from the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Fund.  


                Wosepka Audit Contract:  Allen presented a three year contract for James Wosepka, PC to perform the external audits for the City of Bowman 2016 - 2018.  Motion by Limesand , second by West to approve the James Wosepka, PC audit contract and authorize Auditor and President of the Commission to sign the contract for years ending 2016, 2017, and 2018.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                NDAOGPC Voting Delegate:  The ND Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties is having their annual meeting on Oct. 26 in Watford City.  Allen asked if anyone was going to attend and how they wanted to vote the possible name change.   Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to allow James to attend the meeting and be the delegate and she to vote as she sees fit.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Clarification in the Liquor Ordinance:  Ryan asked for clarification on the special event permits.  Ryan will work on rewording the ordinance after meeting with Flath and Attorney Wild to get more clarification.

Zoning Code Handouts:  Ryan handed out new Zoning Code Articles 8-10 for the Commission to review.  At the first meeting in November Ryan will come back and review the code with the Commission. 


                Motion by West, second by Limesand to adopt the final budget for 2017.   RCV= all aye, MC.


                Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the bills and the 9/20/16 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Motion by Vail, second by Limesand to adjourn the meeting at 4:58 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.


City Commission Meeting Agenda

October 18, 2016

Agenda for City Commission Meeting on Tuesday,

October 18, 2016

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  -  4:05 PM Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda, and Commissioners Review of Bills

 4:05  -  4:30 PM Department Heads Report: McGee – Write off bill and Day after Thanksgiving

                           Chief Headley:  Sale of Abandoned Property     

 4:30  -  5:00 PM Jack Dwyer, Attorney for SW Water Authority                   

   5:00  -   5:10 PM Cheryl Ryan - Liquor Ordinance Clarification

   5:10 PM             Cheryl Ryan - Request to move an already built Structure to another location   



Renaissance Zone Board Re-appointments

Renaissance Zone Application – Focus Eye Care


Open Forum


Close of Meeting:

Approval of Bills, 10/4/16 Minutes, September 2016 Judges Report and September 2016 Financials. 

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.