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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 05, 2019
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on March 5, 2019 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

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

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

Checks: #11157 – 11185; Direct Deposit: $28,114.76; Voided Checks: None; Bills: Melissa Buchholz $500.00, Postmaster $369.60, Advanced Business Methods $160.86, Bowman Auto Parts $213.86, Bowman County Auditor $109.64, Bowman Sales & Service $58.02, Brosz Engineering $1,142.50, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Core and Main $506.66, Coyle Electric $700.00, Dakota Dust-Tex $89.65, Dakota Pump & Control $2,039.74, Fallon County Treasurer $3,567.50, Gary’s Jack and Jill $7.99, Hawkins $5.00, Jim’s Repair $2,174.83, Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender $23.94, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $10,138.44, Newby’s Ace Hardware $11.98, NW Tire $37.46, One Call Concepts $8.40, Precision Arms of Indiana $4,574.96, Ramkota Hotel $376.00, RDO Equipment $264.92, Shopko Stores $28.45, SW Business Machine $530.09, SW Auto Supply $676.47, and VISA $932.72.


Dept. Head Report:  Nothing to report, crews have been moving a lot of snow.


Dept. Head Report:  Mason said they were able to fix the water leak south of the high school pretty quickly.  They had to cut through roughly 3 ½’ to 4’ of ground frost. 

The crew has also been cleaning the snow away from the hydrants all over town.

Frontier Travel Center Hydrant:  Mason said the hydrant owned by Frontier Travel Center froze because a spring beside it filled it up with water.  He has some new parts to fix it that won’t allow that to happen again.  The parts will be billed to Frontier Travel Center.  This will have to be completed in the spring.


Alcohol Server Training:  The alcohol server training will be held on April 10, 2019 at City Hall, Chief Headley sent out invitations to all liquor license holders.


Garbage Building Addition Invoices:  We received invoices from Tiger Electric and R & L Contracting for work completed on the garbage building addition.  Shear and A. Allen did a walk through on the project today and feel there are items that are not completed and need to be completed before payment is issued.  Motion by Limesand, second by Schaaf to do a walk through with the contractors regarding what needs to be completed, the check list items must be complete and approved by Shear and A. Allen prior to R & L Contracting and Tiger Electric invoices being payed.  RCV= all aye, MC.

The invoices will be brought back to the next meeting for payment if the checklist items are complete.

Cement on Garbage Building Addition Contract:  Vail would like to do away with the cement aprons and thresholds of the R and L Contracting contract.  He would like to have all the concrete done at one time (thresholds and main floor).  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to delete the concrete apron and threshold portion out of R and L Contracting’s bid.  RCV= all aye, MC.  Shear will talk to Dan Peterson regarding deleting the concrete apron and thresholds.

Exterior Light on Garbage Building:  There has been a problem with the large exterior light on the front of the garbage building.  All the other lights have been changed out to LED and Shear would like to have the front light also changed so it works properly.  The commission was in agreement with changing it.

Funding Policy:  Allen reviewed the funding policy she drafted as requested by the commission. 

Library Health Insurance Memorandum of Understanding:  At the last meeting we talked about doing a Memorandum of Understanding with the County to become the conduit for the Bowman Regional Public Library health insurance plan.  The County decided to give the money directly to the library instead of the City and the Library will reimburse the City for the health insurance premiums.

PIO Training:  Allen presented information on PIO Training.  Our City Attorney is the City’s PIO, but in the event that he is gone, we need to have at least one commissioner that has had some training to know what to say.  James will be attending and if any of the other commissioners can attend, they need to let the Auditor know.  Training is 6/19/19 – 6/20/19. 


Motion by Shear, second by Limesand to approve the bills and the 2/19/19 meeting minutes.

The next meeting will be March 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

President James adjourned the meeting at 5:00 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

March 19, 2019
4:00 PM


Tuesday, March 19, 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 (Mason, Hofland, and Chief Headley)             


                                                  No Scheduled Appointments


Main Street Proclamation


MDU Street Light Replacement Question

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills and 3/5/19 Minutes.   
  • Next Meeting Date:  April 2, 2019 @ 3:30 pm (Tax Equalization) and 4:00 pm (Regular Meeting)
  • 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.