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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 01, 2020
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on September 1, 2020 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chief Headley, Steve Wild, Stacy McGee, 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:  $25,578.89; Salary Checks: None; Voided Checks: None; Checks: 12148-12162;  Bills:  Art Johnson $43.12, Advanced Business Methods $208.73, Bowman Sales & Service $18.38, Brosz Engineering $1,465.00, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Dakota Dust-Tex $93.40, Innovative Foundation Supportworks $76,902.26, Juan Ruiz $666.60, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $7,392.30, Newby’s Ace Hardware $34.61, NW Tire $3,268.35, Shaine Towe $210.00, USA Blue Book $38.66, and VISA $569.79.


Dept. Head Report:  Hofland asked the Commission if they want a fall wood clean-up before Johnson is done for the season at the landfill.  The Commission approved the fall wood clean-up for the week of September 14 – 18.


Dept Head Report:  The east water tank lid repair was completed on the 26th of August.  Mason will contact the Department of Health to let them know that it was finished.  Every third year the Department of Health does an inspection on the water tanks.  The pump by City Hall is back online pumping.


Corona Virus Relief Fund (CRF):  McGee applied for the Corona Virus Relief Fund through the State of ND where the state pays back wages and benefits for the police department for March – July.  Funds are supposed to go back into the general fund.

President Trumps Deferral of Social Security Payments for Employees:  McGee contacted NDLC Attorney Stephanie Dassinger to see if the City is required to offer this social security deferral.  Dassinger said there is no requirement that she saw that states we have to offer it.  All it does is delay when the social security gets paid, and the City has not cut hours or wages of the employees so she doesn’t see how it would benefit anyone.  The taxes would have to be paid after the first of the year.  McGee recommends not to offer it and the Commission was in agreement.  Three employees were present and were asked by the Commission how they felt about it and all three employees stated they didn’t want to do the deferral. 


Dept. Head Report:  Chief Headley hired Remi Masters from Minnesota for the vacant officer position and he will start October 1, 2020.  He will have to go through the full academy training which is the first of February.  He will be in the FTO program until he goes through the academy.


Raffle Permit #24-17:  Allen presented the Bowman Booster Raffle Permit #24-07 for a 50/50 cash raffle.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the Bowman Booster application #24-17 for the 50/50 raffle for Bowman Booster Club.  RCV= all aye, MC.

11th to Divide Street –2022 Safe Routes to School Grant:  This was a project that we applied for and were denied, another City was awarded $182,129 towards their construction costs only and are unable to use them and now we were chosen to use these funds if we accept them.  We need to let DOT know by October 20, 2020.  The Commission will reevaluate funding in a year and try to get this project going.  Motion by Vail, second by Limesand to decline the Safe Routes to School Grant in the amount of $182,129.00 for the Divide Street from 11th Ave to 7th Avenue Safe Routes to School project for 2022.  RCV= all aye, MC.  

                Extra Mile Day Proclamation:  Every year we are contacted about proclaiming November 1st Extra Mile Day in our city by the Extra Mile America Foundation.  They are hoping to create positive change in our communities through community efforts in volunteerism and service.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the Extra Mile Day Proclamation for November 1, 2020.   RCV= all aye, MC.

                COVID19 Related Topics:

City Hall:  The Commission decided to make it a policy to keep the 2nd set of glass doors shut permanently in City Hall.  Locks have been ordered for the doors.  Commission decided to order glass for the front window with a notch cut out.

City Hall Rental:  Not renting the back room out at this time, will revisit this in a month.

City Commission Meetings:  The same with social distancing.

Transient Merchants:  The Commission would like no door to door sales through the remainder of 2020 and will discuss it again after the first of the year.


Boulevards:  Mendoza Plumbing and Vail worked on the boulevards and fertilized and planted grass.  Mason said it takes 18,000 gallons of water a day for the boulevards.

City Hall:  Vail fertilized the lawn at City Hall.  Mendoza Plumbing sprayed a chemical on the lawn for bugs because the grass that died had the roots eaten off it.

Cleaners Building:  Chief Headley stated he was incorrect, and the property taxes are 2 to 3 years behind.  Attorney Wild said all the proper channels have been followed, go ahead and demolish the building. 

Once we tear it down, the fees will go on the taxes, when they go unpaid it will go to the County and then get deeded back to the City.


Chapter 4: (Text amendment to Chapter 4 of the Municipal Code) An Ordinance amending Chapter 4 of the Municipal Code regarding the Fire Protection and Prevention:  Article 4) Firearms, Fireworks and Explosives, Section 4.0405 Fireworks – Discharging of, Sale of.  Upon adoption, the Ordinance will be effective to all lands located withing the City of Bowman in Bowman County, North Dakota together with other matters properly relating thereto.

Changes made were in regard to changing the sale and ignition date of fireworks from July 28 to July 29.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Limesand, to approve the 2nd reading of Chapter 4, Article 4, Section 4.0405 of the Municipal Code.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Next Meeting: 9/15/20 at 4:00 pm.

Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills and the 8/15/20 Meeting Minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

President James adjourned the meeting at 4:52 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

September 15, 2020
4:00 PM


Tuesday, September 15, 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  -  4:05 PM               Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

                                          Commissioners Review of Bills

 4:05 – 4:10 PM                Highway 12 Sidewalk Input Meeting – Brosz Engineering

 4:10 – 4:30 PM                Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (McGee, Hofland, Mason, and Headley)

 4:30 -                               Chuck Whitney – Trees and Lions Board Meetings



Election and Staff                                                                            

Park and Rec City Sales Tax Request


Garbage Cell Phone

COVID-19 Grant


Zoning ET Zone

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, September 1, 2020 Meeting Minutes and August 2020 Financials.
  • Next Meeting Date:  10/6/20
  • 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 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