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September 6, 2022
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on September 6, 2022 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  President Lyn James, Vice-Chair Ryan Shear, Benjamin Schaaf, Sara Bullis, Myron Vail, Chief Headley, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Stacy McGee, Jon Brosz, Aaron Allen, Gary Parsons, Kady Walker, Bonnie Nordgren, Rylan Limesand, Jon Brosz, Debbie Patterson, Lori Sola, and Peggy Allen.

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: $30,823.20; Check #13366 – 13398, 13402 – 13404; Voided Checks: None; Bills: Art Johnson $543.68, Postmaster $399.96, MDU $8,718.39, Badlands Patriot $1,427.85, Boss Office Products $327.93, Bowman Auto Parts $156.29, Bowman Park and Rec $3,640.92, Bowman Sales and Service $903.22, Bowman Slop Soil Conservation District $157.50, Brosz Engineering $23,160.00, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Cenex Fleetcard $6,456.55, CNHI Capitol $98.90, Consolidated Telecom $1,345.00, Core and Main $538.04, Dacotah Paper $139.38, Dakota Dust-Tex $107.50, Dakota Western Bank $261.67, Diamond Vogel $2,006.70, Double EE Service $9.50, Hawkins $110.00, Ink’d Apparel by Sarah $405.00, KPOK $20.00, Loretta Olind $400.00, Newby’s Ace Hardware $751.72, Northwest Tire $758.41, One Call Concepts $144.30, Propoint $137.50, Smart Computers $785.00, VISA $2,935.06, Western Dakota Energy Association $125.00, Westlie Truck Center $474.31, Woodley Construction $193.56, Bowman American Legion $3,000.00, Postmaster $300.00, and S & T Custom Plumbing $360.00.

Tax and Tourism Check #13399 – 13401

Tax and Tourism Bills:  Bowman County Development Corporation $1,000.00, Bowman Park and Rec $250.00, and Cloverleaf Productions $1,500.00.


Dept. Head Report:  Fall clean up week for only wood starts Monday September 12 – 16.


Dept Head Report:  A resident brought a bill in that they incurred due to a plugged sewer line by a manhole.  The problem was found to be on the City property so Mason felt we should be paying for the residents S & T Plumbing bill in the amount of $360.00.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Bullis to approve paying the residents bill to S and T Plumbing in the amount of $360.00.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Dept. Activity Report8/16/22 – 9/6/22:  Incident Reports – 8, (Notable Incidents: motor vehicle theft/criminal mischief, accident of unoccupied vehicles, driving while license suspended/resisting arrest, accident in a construction zone, nuisance property, and structure fire), Calls for Service Reports – 34, Traffic Stops – 21, Citations/Warnings – 30 (citations issued – 16, verbal warnings – 8, and written warnings – 6), Arrests – 2 (Driving while license suspended and resisting arrest, this is the subjects first arrest by BPD, and FTA bench warrant, this is the subjects 13th arrest since 2018 by BPD.)

Nuisance Properties:  Headley presented a power point on 12 nuisance homes that were abandoned and not occupied.  Several have wildlife living in them, some have been in a fire, and some are structurally unsound.  Headley will be sending out letters to the property owners giving them a date that they must submit a plan of intent to the City within 30 days or further action will be taken.  This will be a work in progress and there will be other ones to come.


Zoning/Police Administrative Position:  Tyann Hauso has resigned and her last day is 9/14/22.  McGee asked if we should re-advertise or should we reconstruct the position.  It was decided to form a committee to come up with a plan.  The committee shall be:  Shear, James, Headley, McGee and Allen.  The committee shall come up with an idea to present to the City Commission and then  approach the County Commission regarding the zoning position.


Dept. Head Report:  Everything is going well.


Audit Engagement Letter:  Allen presented an Audit Engagement Letter with Nadine Julson, CPA in the amount of $13,500.00 for the 2020 and 2021 audit.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the audit engagement letter for the 2020 and 2021 audit.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Touch a Truck Event:  The street sweeper and a garbage truck will be at Yesterday’s Farmers for a fundraiser for Tot Lot.  Kids will be able to look at and touch the trucks.  Allen will stay with the garbage truck incase kids want to climb on it and in it, he will help the kids so no one gets hurt.  The street sweeper will be locked up because there are too many buttons that could get pushed by kids.


Meowser’s Cat Rescue:  The recommendation from the committee is to pay $3,000.00 annually as a line item in the PD budget for animal control that would cover rabies shots, spaying, neutering, and a blood test for feline leukemia.  If cats are coming from another town the city won’t fund those expenses.  Meowser’s would like to use the Fallon County Vet in Baker because they are the least expensive and the Commission is okay with them using that vet.  Any feral cats getting vet care has to go through Meowser’s Cat Rescue.

They may apply for a conditional use permit through the zoning board for their rescue if they are staying in the city limits which means the neighbors will be notified within 150 feet of their location and they can come and voice their opinions.  If they are wanting to purchase a property and want approval first, they can have the current owner sign off on the conditional use application and get a pre-approval.

Motion by Schaaf, second by Bullis to approve $3,000.00 (maximum) coming out of the police department budget for animal control considered as: basic vet care for spaying, neutering, rabies shots, vaccinations, and a blood test for feline leukemia for 2023 and a prorated budget of $1,000.00 for 2022, starting 9/1/22. The City will pay the vet directly for local pets only.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Gary Parsons:  People drop off cats with him and he tries to find homes for them and sometimes pays for vet care for the cats.  The Commission asked him to try to work with Meowser’s.

Alcohol: The committee showed a diagram that represents state law requirements for persons under the age of 21 in restaurants and bars that serve food in towns with less than 1,500 population.

The Commission stated local liquor license holders that sell food may come before the City Commission with their plan on how they can make their establishment meet the requirements set by NDCC to allow persons under the age of 21 to be on their premise.  If the liquor license holder is able to meet the requirements of the designated areas and percentage of food sold, the commission will allow children up to the age of 17 in the establishment, but they will still have to abide by curfew hours unless they are with their parents, working, or was at a school sponsored event.  Curfew hours are:  Sunday – Thursday at 10:30 pm and Friday-Saturday until midnight unless they are with their parents,at a school sponsored event or working.  As part of the requirements, the liquor license holder will have to give the Commission a letter from their CPA or a copy of their tax return showing how much food they sell vs alcohol.

If the licensed premises wants to have normal bar type events such as comedians, bands or adult oriented type things, they need to explain to the Commission what their intent is for persons under the age of 21.

Licensed premises can fill out a special event permit for events such as a midnight dart league, midnight bowling event, etc. for children to stay later than curfew.  Chief Headley or an auditor can sign off on the permit

Flag Project:  This project was presented by Cal Klewin from the Rhame Legion Post at the last meetingThey are hoping on having it installed by Veteran’s Day.  The cost is $42,076.03 for the project.  At the last meeting they were requesting funds from the City for this project.   Motion by Vail, second by Shear to approve a one time payment of $3,000 to the Bowman American Legion Post for the flag pole project with funds coming out of the SUR Fund.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Commission Room Technology:  Shear presented quotes for smart tv’s from Baker Furniture to be used in the City Commission chambers.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Bullis to purchase a smart tv and mount from Baker Furniture tv up to $2,500.00 for the City Hall commission room for GIS and other presentations.  RCV= all aye, MC.  Shear will contact a person that can give us more input from Brosz Engineering to make sure we get what we need.


SW Ag Frontage Road:  Southwest Ag is asking to get the road in front of their business chip sealed.  They have been annexed into the city for several years.  According to Brosz, chip seal will break up in a year at the corner, so it’s not a good option.  There needs to be 4” of asphalt as indicated on the map he presented as marked in red, this is needed due to the trucks that will be turning on the corner, after the asphalt, the rest of that road can be chip seal.  Chip seal is marked in green on the map.  DOT will be replacing the approach (in pink on the map), the asphalt cost will be $21,600.00 and chip seal $10,641.81.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve Phase 2a SW Ag frontage road for the chip seal added to phase 1 and 2 in the amount of $10,641.81.  Chip seal will come out of chip seal fund.  RCV= all aye, MC.  Motion by Shear, second by Vail to approve the commercial asphalt for SW Ag frontage road approach for a maximum amount of $21,600.00 to come out of the General Fund.  RCV= all aye, MC.  Brosz will submit a letter to Northern Improvement and get it back to the City.  Northern Improvement will send us a direct bill.  James will sign the quote when we get it.  (The map will be added to the minute book for reference.)


Trees:  Patterson and Nordgren wanted to voice their opinion on the trees being put on Main Street.  They are not happy with this decision; they felt the money could have been spent in other areas for beautification.  The Commission explained that they came to the decision to support the downtown revitalization project because of the results from the community survey and Strategic Plan focus support groups.

They also think the garbage can by the Silver Dollar Bar needs to be moved because it is a little too crowded on the sidewalk.


Next Meeting:  The meeting will be on 9/20/22 at 4:00 pm.  James will be attending another meeting and Shear will run the meeting.

Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills and the 8/16/22 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

President James adjourned the meeting at 6:24 pm.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 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.  This agenda has a rolling schedule so scheduled appointments may take place sooner than the scheduled time unless it is a public hearing.


 4:00  –  4:05 PM               Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Review of Bills

4:05 – 4:30PM                  Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (McGee, A. Allen, Hofland, Mason, Headley, and Brosz Engineering)

4:30 – 4:45 PM                 Public Hearing on 2023 Final Budget and Adoption of the 2023 Final Budget

 4:45                                       Bill Fiegel – Liquor License           

 5:00 PM                              Garbage Trucks Bid Opening



Tree Invoice – Funding

Moonlight Madness – None Liquor License Permit

Raffle Permit #24-37 Catholic Daughters

Clean Water State Revolving Fund Projects

Sidewalk on First Street NE

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, August 2022 Financials and 9/6/22 Meeting Minutes.
  • Next Meeting Date: 10/4/22

Adjournment of Meeting

2022 Bowman City Commission Meeting Dates


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


January 4                                                      July 5*

January 18*                                                 July 19

July 25, 27, and 28***


February 1                                                   August 2

February 15                                                 August 16


March 1                                                        September 6*

March 15                                                      September 20


April 5                                                            October 4

April 5 – Equalization Mtg. 3:30 pm                  October 18

April 19


May 3                                                            November 1

May 17                                                          November 15


June 7                                                            December 6

June 21                                                         December 27**


* 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.

*** 2023 Budget Prep Meetings:  July 25th will start at 10:00 am and the 27th 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 28th 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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