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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

May 01, 2018
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on May 1, 2018 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Darrell West, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Sasha Ruggles, Jerry Weisner, Chris Slone, and Roger Walters.

Absent: None

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

Checks: # 10596 – 10619; Direct Deposit: $27,231.40; Voided Checks: None; Bills :  Postmaster $527.46, Advanced Business Methods $236.50, American Planning Association $302.00, Bill Mason $236.00, Bowman County Auditor $444.00, Bowman Sales and Service $1,034.94, Brosz Engineering $13,510.00, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Dacotah Paper $81.57, Dakota Dust-Tex $84.60, Fusion Conference $5,000.00, Hawkins, Inc. $1,564.39, Kustom Signals $311.50, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $8,998.53, ND Planning Association $55.00, Newby’s Ace Hardware $228.33, NW Tire $37.42, Postmaster $368.55, SW Medical Clinic $125.00, USA Blue Book $99.61, Valli Info Systems $25.00, VISA $540.53, and Westlie Truck Center $11.20.

Tax and Tourism Check: #10595 to Bowman County Development Corporation $500.00.


Dept. Head Report:  The landfill opened today and they pump the water out of the pits and should be able to access them for cleanup week.


Dept. Head Report:  The south well was repaired last week.  The transfer pump from the lagoon is back at Prairie Mountain Electric Motor getting it repaired.  Mason started flushing out the hydrants in town.

Boulevards:  James informed Mason that Tax and Tourism was able to get Terry’s Waterworks to go thorugh our sprinkler system on the boulevards and they will pay for it. 

Gateway Industrial Park:  Mason ordered a valve for Wilson Construction to use during the project and Wilson is willing to pay for ½ of the cost. 


Dept. Head Report:  Officer Bergerson completed taser recertification.  

Southwest Healthcare Parking Lot:  There have been complaints about people not being able to see traffic on 2nd St NW when they come out of SWHC parking lot.  Headley asked if it was ok to paint the curb yellow, approximately the width of the intersection on the west side of the entrance of the SWHC parking lot.  The request was approved by the Commission.


Chip Seal Bids:  We received three bids on time and one bid was refused because we received it 11 minutes too late, the refused bid was returned to the bidder.  The bids were as follows:

Astech Corp Base Bid $186,726.00, Alt A. $28,236.75, and Alt. B Bid $17,821.00

Northern Improvement Co. Base Bid $195,970.10, Alt. A $30,296.10, and Alt. B $19,116.50

Bituminous Paving, Inc. $201,476.20, Alt. A $32,750.15, and Alt. B $20,665.60

Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to award Astech Corp the base bid in the amount of $186,726.00, Alt. A in the amount of $28,236.75 and Alt. B in the amount of $17,821.00 for a total contract of $232,783.75.  Engineering is listed at $18,000.00 and contingency at $15,000.00 for a grand total of $265,783.75.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Gateway Industrial Park Contract:  Brosz presented the Gateway Industrial Park Contract for Asphalt on this project.   Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to sign the contract with JR Civil for the Gateway Industrial Park Project in the amount of $719,957.98.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Joint Use Skid Steer Agreement:  Allen presented an agreement for the joint use of the skid steer that is being purchased jointly with Bowman Park and Rec.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve the joint skid steer agreement between the City and Bowman Park and Rec.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Raffle Permit #23-95:  Allen presented a raffle permit for the Yesterday’s Farmers.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve raffle permit #23-95 for the Yesterday’s Farmers with prizes valued at $6,450.00 for three tractors and cash.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Sasha Ruggles gave a financial report for Southwest Healthcare and gave an update on things.  Jerry Wiesner feels they are financially stable and going in the right direction, now hoping to fix community perceptions, employee needs and customer image.

James asked if they had a plan on how to advertise their sales tax measure that is on the ballot.  They plan on advertising, going door to door, and going on the radio.


Summerfest:  Summerfest will be July 28th, they are planning on having the Rib Cook-off by Has Been’s Bar.  Brooks asked for permission to block off the street in front of Bowman County Development Corporation, Dakota Western Bank North Branch, Flower Nook and Has Been’s Bar.  They would like to request the use of dumpsters again.  Chief Headley is fine with streets blocked off, during the night time it will be blocked off in front of Has Been’s Bar only.  Has Been’s wants an outdoor beer garden and it will be roped off in the parking lot and would like to request to allow open container for Saturday only.  Motion by Limesand, second by West to approve the requested streets to be blocked off, open container allowed and the beer garden area approved for Summerfest on July 28, 2018.  RCV= all aye, MC.


2nd Reading of Ordinance #2018-4 Amendment to the municipal code: James read the 2nd reading of the ordinance change.  Adoption of Ordinance 2018-4 to amend the Municipal Code by striking existing language and adding new language for Section 11.0107 by changing it in the following manner:  11-0107 Keeping of Certain Animals Prohibited.  It shall be unlawful to keep any live sheep, swine, or pigs, horses, cattle, chickens, or other poultry, goats buffalo, deer, elk, emu, or ostrich within the city limits.  It shall also be unlawful to or any animals raised animals for commercial purposes within city limits.  Motion by Limesand, second by West to approve Ordinance #2018-4 Amendment to the Municipal Code Regarding Keeping of Certain Animals.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the bills, 4/17/18 meeting minutes, and 4/23/18 special meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Next meeting date is Monday May 14, 2018.

Motion by Limesand, second by West to adjourn the meeting at 5:01 pm.  RCV=  all aye, MC

City Commission Meeting Agenda

May 14, 2018
4:00 PM


May 14, 2018 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  -  4:40 PM               Bid Opening for Motor Grader, Bid Award, Budget Amendment and Transfers Related     

   4:40  -                            Jean Nudell and Sarah Snavely – Summerfest Pottery Event



Quote for Handicap Access to City Hall

Skid Steer Agreement-Requested Changes from Park and Rec.

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, and 5/1/18 Minutes.   
  • Next Meeting Date:  June 5, 2018
  • 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

Darrell West

Police Commissioner


Darrell was born and raised in the Bowman area.  He graduated from Bowman High School and was honorably discharged from the ND National Guard.  He is married to Jessica West and they have six children:  Alexia, Addam, Quade, Mark, David and William.  He has achieved an AAS degree in Law Enforcement Technology and is currently the Bowman City Police Commissioner. 

During Darrell's time off he volunteers with the Bowman County Emergency Operations Center and is a Public Health Emergency Volunteer/Medical Reserves Corp with the ND Dept. of Health.  He is a member of the Southwest Disaster Behavioral Health Coalition as well as a member of the Bowman County Rural Ambulance District Board. Darrell currently works as a full time Advanced EMT with the Bowman County Rural Ambulance District and is the Safety/Decon Officer for Southwest Healthcare Services.