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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

March 03, 2020
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on March 3, 2020 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Lynn Brackel, Tom Lambourn and Warren Flath.

Absent:  Darren Limesand

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

Checks: #11853 – 11873; Direct Deposit: $27,072.19; Bills:  Postmaster $354.90, Advanced Business Methods $192.83, Bowman County Development Corporation $917.19, Bowman Glass $35.00, Bowman Park and Rec $17,374.32, Bowman Sales and Service $357.05, Brosz Engineering $125.00, Carmel’s Cleaners $43.56, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Consolidated Telecom $184.00, Dacotah Paper $147.96, Dakota Dust-Tex $90.40, Foremost Promotions $1,066.87, Loretta Olind $400.00, Lyn James $236.39, MDU $8,180.66, Newby’s Ace Hardware $61.12, Northwest Tire $174.72, Randy’s Welding $4.58, S & T Custom Plumbing $38.40, and VISA $347.08.

Tax and Tourism Check #11874

Tax and Tourism Bills:  Pioneer Trails Museum $15,436.00


Dept. Head Report:  There is some flooding in Ridl’s corals and Hofland thinks it’s caused by a culvert and feels that if we remove the culvert it might help.


Dept. Head Report:  Mason reported there are problems with two lift station chopper pumps.  The price for two new chopper pumps, travel time and labor is approximately $21,200.00.  Motion by Vail, second by Schaff to purchase the sewer chopper pumps.  RCV= all aye, MC. 


Dept. Head Report: Nothing to report.


There has been talk about people wanting some stop signs taken down on Main Street, so it was put on the agenda to discuss.

Chief Headley:  The Chief of Police reported that there have been 27 recorded accidents on Main Street since 2012.   Most were vision obstruction accidents while backing up.  If you do away with the stop signs, this will result in more backing accidents because reaction time is slowed down, especially in congested areas.

James reviewed the streets with stop signs and reasons why they were needed there.  Safe Routes to School and being pedestrian friendly are important reasons for these stop signs. 

Stop Sign by Dakota Western Bank:  Some audience members would like to consider getting rid of the stop signs by Dakota Western Bank. 

James would like to have a full board before making any decisions on the signs, they will discuss it again when Limesand is back.

Wider Parking Spaces:  Flath asked Hofland to make the parking lines another 4” wider due to the size of the vehicles being changed over the years to larger size pickups and SUV’s.  Hofland said that is fine, but the lines will be appear blurred for a while until the old paints rubs off the asphalt.  


Zoning Position:  The Zoning Board would like to have the Zoning Administrator be the enforcer, to make sure projects are being followed through, being completed correctly, and on time.  The enforcer would tell the Police Chief if things weren’t being done correctly and he would follow up with the seize order.

McGee gave the Commission a sample of the job description for the Zoning Administrator with proposed hours.  The Commission will look at it and get their thoughts to McGee by Monday and then McGee can get the Committee together to come up with hours, wage, and a job description and bring it back to the Commission at the next meeting. 

Vector Position:  McGee stated the vector position was being moved into the refuse employees’ responsibilities.  McGee spoke with A. Allen about this and he felt that it would be ok.


Park and Rec City Sales Tax:  Allen presented a request for release of Park and Rec City Sales Tax funds.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the Park and Rec City Sales Tax request in the amount of $17,374.32.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Arquero’s Mexican Restaurant Liquor License:  Arquero’s Mexican Restaurant has closed its doors.  The owner was wondering if they can sub-lease their liquor license or transfer it to a new person if they rented his building.  The Commission decided to allow their license to stay active for the rest of the year in case the current owner changed his mind and wanted to reopen.  The license cannot be sub-leased to someone else, only transferred if the business stays the same under the same name.  When the license is transferred, they will still pay half of the issuance fee and the annual fee.

Tobacco 21:  Allen gave the Commission information that was sent from the Southwestern District Health Unit regarding the tobacco law being raised to age 21 from 18.  Allen stated we needed to update our ordinance and could choose to not have flavored vaping products, licensing, etc.  The Commission wants our ordinance to read how state law reads.

Bar with Liquor Violations:  Steve Wild is still looking into it.


Legacy Fund Meeting Hearing:  There is one more Bismarck public input meeting and then the committee will get together to decide how the funds will be earmarked.  James testified on behalf of North Dakota Cities regarding infrastructure challenges and needs.


Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills 2/18/20 Meeting Minutes and the January 2020 Financials.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Next Meeting Date:  3/17/20

President James adjourned the meeting at 5:35 pm. 

City Commission Meeting Agenda

March 24, 2020
4:00 PM



There will be a Special Meeting of the Bowman City Commission on Friday, March 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM at City Hall.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 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                                       Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

4:00 – 4:10                          Silver Dollar Bar – Drive Thru Window Traffic Pattern

4:10                                     Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (McGee, Hofland, Headley and Mason)                                                                

                                            Police- Enforcement of Executive Orders

                                            Water Shut Off Notices Resolution 2020-W/S-17

                 Water Employee Vacant Position

                 COVID-19 Employee Leave Time Resolution #2020-M-11

                  Refuse – If we have to shut down and taking larger items

                                             Meeting Room Rental


NDLC Webinar Update:

                         COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Resolution 2020-M-12

                          Moratorium Pertaining to Alcoholic Beverages Resolution 2020-M-13


Close of Meeting

  • Next Meeting Date: 3/31/20
  • 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.

2019 Bowman City Commission Meeting Dates


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


January 3**                                                 July 2

January 15                                                   July 17**

                                                                        July 23, 25 & 29***          


February 5                                                   August 6

February 19                                                 August 20


March 5                                                        September 3*

March 19                                                      September 17


April 2                                                            October 3**

April 2 - Equalization Mtg. 3:30 pm      October 22**

                        April 16


May 7                                                             November 5

May 21                                                          November 19


June 4                                                            December 3

June 18                                                         December 30**


            * 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. 


            *** 2019 Budget Prep Meetings:  July 23rd and 25th 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 29th 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

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 motocycle, watcing supercross and motorcross, and spendig time with his family.