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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

September 03, 2019
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on September 3, 2019 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, and Todd Hofland.  Absent:  None

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

Checks: 11497 – 11519;  Direct Deposit: $30,010.08;  Voided Checks: None; Salary Check: #103299;  Salaries: $212.26;  Bills:  Art Johnson $79.75, Postmaster $374.85, Advanced Business  Methods $211.27, Bill Mason $213.00, Bowman County Road Department $9,750.00, Bowman Sales & Service $147.96, Brosz Engineering $3,065.00, Catherine Hedge $350.00, CNHI Capitol $137.85, Core and Main $389.70, Dacotah Paper $90.40, Ferguson Waterworks $773.40, Hawkins $439.99, Jim’s Repair $117.86, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $7,283.18, Newby’s Ace Hardware $7.78, Nova Fire Protection $500.00, State Fire and Tornado $20.69, Valli Info Systems $25.00, VISA $383.13, Waddington Boom Truck $7,000.00, and Woodley Construction $101.98.


Dept. Head Report:  There was discussion about the fall wood cleanup week.  Hofland will get it advertised for while we still have the landfill attendant at the landfill. 


                Dept. Head Report:  Headley has alcohol server training coming up on September 24th.  Headley was included in the Summerfest conversations for next year and came up with some new ideas.


Election Worker:  County Auditor Tivis asked Allen to check with the City Commission to see if they are ok with Allen being an election worker.  Lynch also said she may be interested in helping.  The Commission is okay with the employees working the election.

Raffle Permit:  Allen presented raffle permit #24-12 for approval for the Catholic Daughters.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve Raffle Permit #24-12.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Waddington Boom Truck Invoice:  The trees have been removed at 17 4th Ave NW.  The Commission wants to make a fund for this project to track the costs.  Allen will bring the transfer for the trees to the next meeting that will come from the general fund.  Shear and Vail will talk to the department heads about getting this project started.


                Undeveloped Conditional Water Permit:  James explained a letter we received from the Water Appropriation Division regarding an Undeveloped Conditional Water Permit that is expiring.  We need to respond within 60 days if we are still interested in renewing the permit.  The permit is to use Haley Dam as our potable water, if the need would arise.  Limesand said you never know what the future holds, if there is no fee, lets renew it.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the extension for our Undeveloped Conditional Water Permit # 914, with the caveat that if it comes back with a cost, we need to revisit it.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Boulevards:  There have been complaints about the appearance of our boulevards.  Park and Rec has not mowed the boulevards due to lack of help.  There was discussion on what to do with their appearance.  Vail will get a quote for large river rock and plastic from a contractor so we know if this is a viable choice.  The City crew could take some dirt out prior to rock and plastic being installed.  We could ask Tax and Tourism could help with part in the cost.  James has also contacted someone on spraying for weeds in the boulevards and is waiting for a reply.

                Extra Mile Day Proclamation:  Every year we are asked to proclaim November 1 of the current Mile Day.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to proclaim November 1, 2019 as Extra mile proclamation for November 1, 2019.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Ports to Plains:  Klewin sent an email asking if the Commission would consider a sponsorship for the Ports to Plains Alliance Conference and the Commission felt that it wouldn’t really immediate benefit the city.  Limesand and James are considering attending the conference and the City will pass on the sponsorship. James and Limesand will need rooms for October 15 and 16.

Change Meeting Date:  Since most of the Commissioners are going to be gone during the second meeting on October, the Commission changed the date to October 22, 2019.


                The Committee got together to discuss options on the vacant zoning position. 

                 Option 1.  To meet with the County Commissioners in January about taking the position and having McGee and Allen issue permits until then.

                 Option 2.  McGee and Allen could continue to issue permits and advertise for the vacant position.

                 Option 3.  Ask the County to take over the zoning permits in the ET Zone and McGee and Allen keep doing other permits.  

Allen stated that the Commission needed to appoint McGee and Allen as acting Zoning Administrators for the City until this is settled.  Motion by Limesand, second by Schaaf to appoint both Allen and McGee as Acting Zoning Administrators until further notice.  RCV= all aye, MC.

The Commission decided to have Allen and McGee keep working on the zoning and revisit it in a few months.  The Commission instructed the two employees to log their time for zoning.


                Motion by Shear, second by Limesand to approve the bills and the 8/20/19 Meeting Minutes.  RCV= all aye, MN

Next meeting:   September 17, 2019

President James adjourned the meeting at 4:56 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

September 17, 2019
4:00 PM


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 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 (Mason, Hofland, Headley, and Brosz)  

 4:30 – 4:45 PM                SWHC City Sales Tax Request

 4:45                                 Chanell Walby – Baseball Field Grant and Boulevards


Transfer, Budget Amendment and Create Fund

Meeting Date Change in December

TAP Grant for 2022

Raffle Permit #24-13 Bowman Rotary

Grant Availability - NDDES



Chip Seal – Bowman County High School

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, August 2019 Financials, and 9/3/19 Meeting Minutes
  • Next Meeting Date:  October 3, 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.

2018 Bowman City Commission Meeting Dates


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


January 4**                                                 July 3

January 16*                                                 July 17

                                                                    July 24, 26 & 31***         


February 6                                                   August 6**

February 20*                                                August 21


March 6                                                        September 4*

March 20                                                      September 18


April 3                                                            October 2

April 3 - Equalization Mtg. 3:30 pm              October 16

             April 17


May 1                                                               November 5**

May 14**                                                     November 20


June 5                                                              December 4

June 19                                                            December 18

             June 26

            * 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. 


            *** 2018 Budget Prep Meetings:  July 24th and 26th  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 31st 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.