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July 6, 2021
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on July 6, 2021 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  President Lyn James, Vice-Chair Darren Limesand, Benjamin Schaaf, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Remi Masters, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Lloyd Holecek, Jon Brosz, Billy Doerr, Sarah Snavely, Jean Nudell, Kristy Miller, Duane Hill, Teran Doerr, William Fiegel, Josh Lindstrom, Brad Mosher and Peggy Allen.  Vail left the meeting at 5:15 pm.  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.

Direct Deposit: $28,763.40; Checks: #12630 – 12665; Voided Checks: 12639;  Bills:  Art Johnson $49.00, Jim’s Repair $851.07, Slope Electric $1,225.00, Postmaster $287.44, A2Z Printing $840.50, Advanced Business Methods $149.80, Badlands Patriot $113.60, Bowman Auto Parts $265.82, Bowman County Sheriff $456.54, Bowman Sales & Service $290.37, Brosz Engineering $270.00, Catherine Hedge $350.00, CNHI Capitol $31.56, Dakota Dust-Tex $93.90, Hawkins $1,308.40, KPOK $40.00, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $7,575.71, Melinda Lynch $190.40, Mendoza Plumbing $520.00, ND League of Cities $30.00, Newby’s Ace Hardware $79.37, NW Tire $229.50, One Call Concepts $79.20, Randy’s Welding $400.00, Roughrider Industries $12,787.00, Sewer Equipment $319.61, SW Business Machine $241.92, SW District Health $120.00, Taylor Wanner $100.00, USA Blue Book $92.20, VISA $1,441.92, Western Frontier Insurance Agency $7,238.00, Westlie Truck Center $573.16, and Bowman Park and Rec $88,565.01.


Dept. Head Report:  Still durapatching the streets and should be done at the end of the week.


Dept Head Report:  Nothing to report.


Dept. Head Report:  Nothing to report.


Raffle Permit #24-22 and 24-23:  Allen presented two raffle permit requests.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve raffle permit #24-22 for Bowman and Slope County Community Foundation and #24-23 Hope and Healing Therapeutic Riding.  RCV= all aye, MC.

BCDC Gaming Site Authorization:  Carlson’s Steakhouse and Lounge has requested four electronic pull tab machines for their business.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the Bowman County Development Corporation gaming site authorization request to put four electronic pull tab machines in Carlson’s Steakhouse and Lounge.  RCV= all aye, MC.

City Hall Front Yard:  The front lawn is full of weeds and isn’t mowed again.  Hofland will spray the weeds.  Vail spoke to Kees about getting it mowed.

Vail suggested putting a water fountain in front of City Hall with the City of Bowman logo in it since the City sells water, it would showcase something the City sells.  The rock for the fountain would be petrified rock since that rock is from this area.  Allen also gave the Commission another option of putting flagstone in front of City Hall with boulders and a City Hall sign. Vail will bring a quote when he gets one for the fountain and then the Commission will consider their options.


TAP Grant Phase I:   Bids for the bike and pedestrian bridge from 3rd Ave SW to Bronson’s Marketplace were rejected because they were too high.  We have three options.  Option 1 is to rebid as is.  Brosz doesn’t feel the prices will be any different because prices are not coming down.  Option 2 is to not do the bridge and have a sidewalk parallel the highway.  There would be a 10-foot grass bumper between the highway and the sidewalk, the sidewalk would go over the box culvert extension.  There would be expense to redesign that.  Option 3 is to wait and do the sidewalk with the TAP Grant Phase II project.  The most cost effective would be to pay the $25,000 engineering fee to modify box culvert at our expense.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve option 2 to redesign the walkway with no bridge and use the extended box culvert.  NDDOT will probably send the City an agreement to pay the engineering fee.  RCV= all aye, MC.

17 4th Avenue NW Project:  JK Excavation and Construction will do this project around the first week of August 2021.

2022 Budget Request for the Splash Park:  Brosz requested $25,000 for the splash project on 3rd Ave SE.  The water will be recycled in the sprinkler system.


2022 Budget Request:  Snavely is requesting 4 mills, $23,995.00, and a single group health insurance policy.  She gave an update on how they got through the COVID-19 restrictions and still managed to offer services to the community and gave an update on what is going on at the Library.  They were the Chamber of Commerce business of the year for 2021.


Car Show:  Hill requested to block off 1st Street SW and 2nd Avenue SW from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm on July 24.  It will be their 32nd car show by the Bowman City Park.  They will get the barriers from Hofland and put up no parking signs.  Motion by Vail, second by Schaaf to allow the Dakota Territory Car Club to block off the streets by the City Park on July 24th from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm for a car show.  RCV= all aye, MC.


2022 Budget Request:  Lindstrom gave an update on the golf course operations.  Kyle Green is the new manager of the golf course.  They are requesting 2022 budgeted funds in the amount of $21,250.00.


Residential Survey:  A survey was done to help with the strategic plan the BCDC office is updating for the counties and cities within the county.  Doerr reviewed the responses on the residential survey which had 22 questions and 199 responses.  The Commission will read through the survey and see if there are any times that we can jump in to help with such as a program or policy.


Green Initiative:  Mayor of Williston contacted James regarding the Green Initiative asking her to be a part of it which would require her to go to Washington DC.  It was tabled and will be brought back up at the next meeting.


                2022 Budget Request:  Schaaf took over Sue Swanson’s position on the Cemetery Board.  Schaaf is requesting 2 mills be levied for the Cemetery for their 2022 budgeted request.


Special Event Request:  Fiegel is requesting a special event permit for July 30th.  There will be barricades on the corner in the parking lot, 2 outhouses and a tiki bar.  There will be a band on the deck and the tables will be in the parking lot.  The event will go from 6:30 pm to 12:30 am.  Motion by Shear, second by Limesand to approve the special event permit for the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill on July 30, 2021.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Next Meetings:  Regular meeting on July 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm and Budget Planning July 27, 29, and 30, 2021.

Motion by Limesand, second by Schaaf to approve the bills and the Park and Rec city sales tax request in the amount of $86,426.51 for capital purchases.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Motion by Limesand, second by Schaaf to approve the May 2021 financials, 6/28/21, and 6/15/21 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

President James adjourned the meeting at 5:27 pm.


There will be a special joint meeting of the Bowman City Commission, Bowman County Commission, and the Bowman County Development Corporation staff and board to discuss 2022 budgeting items.   The meeting will be at the “Main Space” room at the Bowman County Development Corporation at 13½ East Divide Street on July 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm.



Notice of Preliminary 2022 Budget Meetings for The City of Bowman


The preliminary 2022 budget meetings for the City of Bowman are being held on July 27, 29, and 30, 2021 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at City Hall.  These meetings are for the sole purpose of discussion and preparation of the 2022 Preliminary Budget.  Although these meetings are open to the public, discussion will be limited only to the City Commission and City Staff, County Auditor and County Tax Assessor or other taxing entities within Bowman County or a representative of any organization requesting 2022 funding should more information be needed from said organization.  The 2022 Preliminary Budget will be adopted on 8/3/21 at 4:30 pm.  The public hearing and final adoption of the 2022 budget will be on 9/21/21 at 4:30 pm.  Any taxpayer of the City of Bowman may address comments or questions at that time.


Peggy Allen, Financial Auditor

Signed and Dated:  7/16/21



July 27, 29, and 30, 2021 at 8:00 AM

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 other than for budgeting purposes will be discussed.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021


8:00 am  – 4:00 pm        Department Budgets and General Fund

8:00 am  –  9:00 am       Bill Mason – Water and Sewer Dept. Budget

9:00 am  –  9:30 am       Chief Headley – Police Department

9:30 am – 11:00 am       Todd Hofland – Street, Garbage, Vector and Landfill

11:00 am – 12:00 pm       Zoning Budget, Auditors Budget, and General Fund

12:00 pm –  1:00 pm        Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm        Reconvene

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm        Jon Brosz – GIS Program for City

Thursday, July 29, 2021


8:00 am – 4:00 pm          General Fund and Savings Funds

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm         Lunch Break

1:00 pm                             Reconvene


Friday, July 30, 2021 (If Necessary)


8:00 am – 12:00 pm         Review Budget; Correct and/or Change line items



Each day the meeting will recess at the end of reviewing a “section” of the budget, and will reconvene at 8:00 am at the next scheduled date.  The preliminary budget will be accepted on August 10, 2021 at 4:30 pm.  And the public hearing to adopt the final budget will be September 21, 2021 at 4:30 pm.


City Commission Meeting

The Bowman City Commissioners meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 4:00 PM at City Hall. To be placed on the City Agenda, please contact the City Financial Auditor, Peggy Allen at (701) 523-3309.




2021 Bowman City Commission Meeting Dates


Meetings start at 4:00 PM at City Hall, unless otherwise stated!


January 5                                                      July 6

January 19*                                                 July 20

July 27, 29, and 30***


February 3**                                              August 3

February 16*                                              August 17


March 2                                                        September 7*

March 16                                                      September 21


April 6                                                            October 5

April 6 – Equalization Mtg. 3:30 pm        October 19

April 20


May 4                                                            November 2

May 19**                                                     November 16


June 1                                                            December 7

June 15                                                         December 28**


* 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 was rescheduled to this date.

*** 2022 Budget Prep Meetings:  July 27th and 29th 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 30th will be an extra day if needed.

Lyn James

President of the City Commission


Lyn James is the owner of Flowers and Cappuccino by Lasting Visions in Bowman, ND, and has been in business for 33 years. She is passionate about her community and is currently serving her fifth 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, is the Chair of the Bowman Tax and Tourism Committee and is a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and Bowman Rotary Club. She represents North Dakota cities as a member of the ND Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, as the Chair of the ND Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors, the Western Dakota Energy Association Executive Board, and the ND Workforce Development Council. 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.


City Commissioner                                                President of City Commission


Term 1           1996-2000                                         Term 1           2004-2008


Term 2           2000-2004                                         Term 2           2008-2012


Term 3           2012-2016


Term 4           2016-2020


Term 5           2020-2024

Darren Limesand

Vice-Chair of City Commission and Finance Commissioner


Darren Limesand is an independent financial advisor. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® with advanced training and competency in the subject of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement a prudent process. He is aligned with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., one of the most respected independent broker-dealers in the industry and shares their core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness. Darren is a former accountant and a banker for 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Darren is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Plan Advisors, as well as his local Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and the Bowman Volunteer Fire Department. Darren is also on the tree board for the City of Bowman and is the Finance Commissioner. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.


City Commissioner

Term 1           2014-2018
Term 2           2018-2022

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.  Ryan as two children: Isaiah and Isabella. 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.


City Commissioner

Term 1           2016 – 2020

Term 2           2020 – 2024

Mryon “Tiger” Vail

Water/Sewer Commissioner


Myron was raised in Bowman and graduated from Bowman High School in 1977.  He furthered his education at NDSSS Electrical and became an electrician and owned and operated Tiger Electric in Bowman for 20 years and has since retired.


He is married to Lori Vail and together they have 3 children (Leah, Forrest and Brent).


Myron currently serves on the Bowman County Zoning Board and the City of Bowman Tree Board.  His hobbies including flipping houses and being a Grandpa.


Myron’s motto is “Fixing up Bowman, one house at a time


City Commissioner

Term 1           1992 – 1996

Term 2           2016 – 2020

Term 3           2020 – 2024

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 motorcycle, watching supercross and motocross, and spending time with his family.


City Commissioner


Term 1           2018-2022




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Bowman, ND 58623


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