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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

December 30, 2019
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on December 30, 2019 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Jon Brosz, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, and Todd Hofland.  Absent:  None 

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

Salary Checks: 103303 - 103317  Direct Deposit: $28,475.63; Voided Checks: #103302, 11398; Check # 11699 – 11753;  Salaries: $3,786.35;  Bills:  A2Z Printing $32.45, Bowman County Development Corporation $10,000.00, Bronson’s Marketplace $41.12, Carmel’s Cleaners $174.24, Cenex Fleetcard $5,232.07, Consolidated Telecom $1,272.05, Country Media $553.72, Dakota Western Bank $44.72, Dakota Western Insurance $5,907.00, Donald Wallman $389.45, EIDO Connect $70.00, Fallon County Treasurer $4,627.00, Gooseneck Implement $4,225.00, Hawkins $1,241.90, James Wosepka $1,220.00, John Deere Financial $41.56, L-Tron $1,635.08, Mahlon Smith Repair $420.00, ND Department of Health $503.16, ND League of Cities $1,539.00, ND State Auditor $300.00, ProPoint Cooperative $165.83, Ray’s Repair $211.48, Repeat Outlet $10.00, Slope Electric $1,244.00, Southwest Business Machine $294.76, Southwest Healthcare Services $125.00, Stacy McGee $300.00, Swanston Equipment Corp. $149.68, Tanner Fox $1,039.50, Verizon Wireless $411.16, Westlie Truck Center $2,149.80, Wild & Weiss Law Office $200.00, Bowman Auto Parts $506.35, Bowman Sale sand Service $51.72, Lyn James $202.80, Newby’s Ace Hardware $153.58, Northwest tire, Inc. $219.58, Black Mountain Software $323.00, Blue 360 Media $411.06, Bowman Cemetery $361.27, Bowman County Road Department $618,967.08, Bronson’s Marketplace $10.62, Brosz Engineering $632.50, Dacotah Paper $241.67, Jim’s Repair $779.95, JK Excavation $1,700.00, Johnson Controls $425.40, McGee Mchanics Team, LLC $1,109.08, Newby’s Ace Hardware $34.98, Northwest Tire $725.36, Slope Electric $222.00, Southwest Business Machine $18.00, VISA $1,500.44, and West River Striping Company $19,177.15.

Tax and Tourism Checks:  #11754 - 17756

Tax and Tourism Bills:  Bowman County Development Corporation $34,928.18, Bowman County Fair Association $1,391.91, and Ty Tuff Challenge $1,500.00


Dept. Head Report:  Nothing to report


Dept. Head Report:  Mason said they repaired water leak west of the cemetery on a 1-inch water line which feeds three businesses.   


                Cleaning Bids:  We received two bids for the cleaning of City Hall and the City/County Joint Shop.  The bids were as follows:

Catherine Hedge:  City Hall $450.00 and Joint Shop $350.00 

Loretta Olind:    City Hall $400.00 and Joint Shop $350.00              

Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to award Catherine Hedge the City/County Joint Shop cleaning contract in the amount of $350.00 a month and award Loretta Olind the City Hall cleaning contract in the amount of $400.00 a month for the year 2020.  RCV= all aye, MC.

2020 Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Contract:  Allen presented the annual random drug and alcohol contract through the NDLC.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve signing the 2020 random drug and alcohol testing contract.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Nova Fire Protection Contract:  Allen presented a 3-year fire protection inspection contract for the joint shop.   Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the Nova Fire Protection contract for 3 years.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Transfers:  Allen presented 2019 transfers as follows: 

Motion by Limesand, second by Schaff to approve the 2019 transfers as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.

2019 Budget Amendments:  Allen presented 2019 budget amendments as follows:

Motion by Limesand, second by Schaaf to approve the budget amendments as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC. 

2020 Liquor License Renewal:   Allen presented 11 liquor licenses for renewal.  All the taxes are up to date for these properties and all the liquor license holders have completed the appropriate paperwork and paid their fees. 

Kum and Go, LLC              #LL-01   Class VI Beer and Wine $500.00  Off Sale

Frontier Travel Center    #LL-02   Class VI Beer and Wine $500.00  Off Sale

The Elusive Pocket         #LL-03   Class I Liquor and Beer On and Off Sale $950.00

Windy’s                           #LL-18   Class I Liquor and Beer On and Off Sale $950.00

Silver Dollar Bar & Grill #LL-21   Class I Liquor and Beer On and Off Sale $950.00 

Bowman Lodge, LLC      #LL-11   Class VIII-A Liquor and Beer On Sale $500.00

Lucky’s Liquors               #LL-15   Class III Liquor and Beer Off Sale $800.00

Bronson’s Market Place #LL-16   Class III Liquor and Beer Off Sale $800.00

Crystal Bar                      #LL-17   Class I Liquor and Beer On and Off Sale $950.00

Arquero’s Mexican Rest. #LL-19 Class II Liquor and Beer On Sale $800.00

Net Door Pizza                   #LL-20   Class VI-B Beer and Wine On Sale $300.00

Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the 2020 liquor licenses as presented.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Brosz reviewed the costs on the chip seal project and the TAP Grant for 2022 which includes 7th to 11th Avenue sidewalk on the south side of the street.  There is almost no way to get a sidewalk by the fence at the park, because of the utilities there, so they will have to go down through the park and have a crosswalk to cross the street to get to the school. 

Superintendent Heckaman gave Brosz Engineering a letter of support for this project.  The cost estimate is $337,000 and we are asking for a grant in the amount of $200,000 in year 2022.  The County has signed off on the application, it just needs the City’s signature.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the application for TAP Safe Routes to School project from 7th Avenue to 11th Avenue for 2022.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills, 12/3/19 Meeting Minutes and November 2019 Financials.  RCV= all aye, MC. 

Next Meeting Date:  January 7, 2020

President James adjourned the meeting at 5:15 pm.



City Commission Meeting Agenda

January 07, 2020
4:00 PM


Tuesday, January 7, 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  -  4:30 PM               Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

                                                Commissioners Review of Bills

                                                Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (McGee, Hofland, Mason, Headley, and Brosz) 












Resolution 2020-W/S-16 Resolution Establishing Water, Sewer, and SUR Service Charges



Dilapidated Homes




Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills and December 30, 2019 Meeting Minutes
  • Next Meeting Date:  January 21, 2019
  • 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.