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101 1st ST NE
PO Box 12
Bowman, ND 58623

Bowman City Commission



City Commission Minutes

February 20, 2018
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on February 20, 2018 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Chris Slone, Jon Brosz, Cheryl Ryan, Jerry Wiesner, Jordyn Rhodes, Colin Dunn, Trevor Bergerson, Trent Scott, Stacey Scott, Gary Brennan, Steve Wild, Linda Blees, Brenda Ruggles, Dave Mahon, and Charlotte Pladsen.

Absent: Darrell West

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

Checks: #10465 – 10480; Direct Deposit:  $27,587.04; Voided Checks: None;  Bills:  Pete Knopp $55.00, A2Z Printing $44.50, Axon $1,575.96, Bowman Glass $542.36, Carmel’s Cleaners $87.12, Cenex Fleetcard $4,323.10, Chemistry Lab $47.08, Jim’s Repair $80.47, John Deere Financial $334.57, MDU $7,011.99, Randy’s Welding $517.22, Sanitation Products $248.14, Slope Electric $1,308.00, Swanston Equipment $363.21, Valli Info Systems $25.00, and Verizon Wireless $420.67.


                Dept. Head Report:  Brosz and Hofland drove the streets to decide which ones needed chip sealing. 


                Chip Sealing:  Brosz presented a street map for proposed chip sealing.  Brosz gave the commission additional options if the bids are lower than expected.  Motion by Shear, second by Limesand to move forward with the chip sealing plans and specifications.  RCV= all aye, MC


                Dept. Head Report:  Nothing notable to report.


                Swear in Officer Bergerson:  James swore in Officer Bergerson and he signed the oath after his fiancé pinned his badge.


SWHC Raffle Permit #23-94:  Allen read the raffle permit request for SWHC to raffle off a 1978 Cadillac.  The prize is valued at $4,500.00, therefore it meets the requirements of the prize value not exceeding $6,000.00.  Motion by Shear, second by Limesand to approve raffle permit #23-94 for SWHC.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Animal Ordinance:  Allen asked the Commission for direction on this ordinance and they stated they would make a final decision at the next meeting.  There have been a lot of inquiries about chickens, pigs and rabbits being allowed as pets in the city limits.

                Judge Abolishment:  Allen, James, and Headley met with the Bowman County Commissioners today at the courthouse said they were in agreement with taking over our municipal cases so Allen will start the paperwork process.  Judge Henderson will finish out his term ending in June 2018. 


LCD17-020 Bowman Gateway Industrial Park PUD

                Second Reading of Ordinance #2018-1 (Gateway Industrial Park PUD):  James read the second reading of Ordinance #2018-1 (Text amendment to the land use development code by appending it with a PUD design standards handbook)  An ordinance to amend the land use development code (zoning code) by means of appending it with a PUD Design Standards Handbook for the Bowman Gateway Industrial Park that will be applicable to Section 10, Township 131, North and Range 102 West, the NE 1/4 of Section 9, Township 131 North, Range 102 West of the 5th Principal Meridian, in Bowman County, North Dakota.  Together with other matters properly relating thereto.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to certify the PUD Handbook for the Bowman Gateway Industrial Park.  RCV= all aye, MC.

                Brosz and Ryan presented a map that will show where utilities are required to be located and will become a part of the PUD.  Motion by Limesand, second by Shear to approve LDC17-020 Bowman Gateway Industrial Park and to include the updated utility map.

                Ryan stated that developers can always get a variance if they want to request changes to the PUD, and they can always ask for a text amendment.

                LCD 18-002 Bowman County School Gymnasium – Map and ZC

                First Reading of Ordinance #2018-2:  James read the first reading of Ordinance #2018-2 (Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan – CPA) An ordinance to amend the comprehensive plan from low density suburban to public and institutional; the site is located at 102 8th Ave SW and is more particularly described as lots 3 and 4 of Block 57 in the James 2nd Addition in the City of Bowman, in Bowman County, North Dakota, together with other matters properly relating thereto.

                First Reading of Ordinance #2018-3:  James read the first reading of Ordinance #2018-3 Amendment to the Land Use Development Code from R-1 (Single Family residential attached and detached) to PR/P (Parks and Recreation/Public); the site is located at 102 8th Avenue SW, and is more particularly described as lots 3 and 4 of Block 57 in the James 2nd Addition in the City of Bowman, in Bowman County, North Dakota, together with other matters properly relating thereto.

                If the Commission would approve the rezoning of the schools land, the next step would be for them to apply for a Conditional Use Permit in order to build a gymnasium.  These readings of ordinances are purely about the land use designation and whether it is appropriate for any expansion.  This means they can’t just build a gym tomorrow; there are other steps to take.

                James read a letter from Dwan Kinney regarding concerns about the rezoning of the schools property.  James reassured everyone that Bowman County School is only rezoning the schools property, no one else’s.

                Blees and Pladsen voiced their concerns about the gym being built.  Ryan said the school could do an open house when it gets closer so all residents can discuss the project with them and Mahon was in agreement of doing the open house because he wants to be as transparent as possible.


                Request to have 1% City Sales Tax for Healthcare on the Ballot:  Brennan and Wiesner requested to have the 1% City Sales tax for Healthcare back on the ballot because it is sun setting in 2018.  Wiesner stated that capital needs is what he would use it for.  Motion by Vail, second by Limesand to approve SWHC placing the 1% City Sales Tax for Healthcare measure back on the 2018 ballot.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                Russ Water on Property Issue:   This topic was brought back from the last meeting.  James asked if the expansion of buildings on 3rd Ave. is the culprit for the water pooling in Russ’s yard and Brosz said he didn’t think so.  He really needs to have survey data to see what the elevations are.  By the naked eye, it doesn’t appear there is a lot grade to make the water flow to go past the railroad to the east end.  Brosz can’t survey the Russ’ land with snow on it.  Hofland and Brosz will watch drainage as the snow melts, so they can see where the water naturally runs to. 

                Wild stated that with the little research he did, he doesn’t see how the city is liable.  When the road was reconstructed, it was built back to the same elevation it was before, which is level with the Russ house and office.  ild said the City’s responsibility would be there if we changed the water force to create the pool.  The drainage problem has been there since the railroad has been there.  Brosz and Wild will write Russ a letter stating we are not making any promises and explain our ideas, concerns and action plan stating we need to do a survey but can’t do it with snow on the ground, and we will also watch the natural drainage to see if there are some possible solutions.  We want to reassure her we are not pushing her concerns away.


                Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the bills, 2/6/18 meeting minutes and January 2018 financials.  RCV= all aye.

                Next meeting date:   3/6/18

                Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to adjourn the meeting at 5:34 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

March 06, 2018


March 3, 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 Laura Wallman- Serve Alcohol at Chamber Business After Hours Event

   4:40  -  4:50 PM Sarah Snavely and Jean Nudell – Request for an Activity in the Street     

   4:50 – 5:00  PM Chief Headley – 2017 Calls for Service Presentation

   5:00 PM             2nd Reading of Rezoning for School Property Public Hearing Case # LDC18-001 (Bowman County School Gymnasium – ZC and CPA)  The Bowman County School District is requesting:  1) a Comprehensive Plan Land Use Amendment from Low Density Suburban to Public and Institutional; and 2) a zoning change from R-1 (Single Family Residential) to PR/P (Park and Recreation/Public) in order to build a school gymnasium.  The site location is 102 8th Ave SW and is more particularly described as lots 3 and 4 of block 57 in the James 2nd addition in the City of Bowman, in Bowman County, North Dakota.


Apology Letter From Margie Russ

ND Lab Contract

Animal/Pet Ordinance

3 Homestead Tax Credits and 1 Veterans Credit Tax Abatement

Possible Computer Purchase


Meeting Date Changes


Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills and 2/20/18 Meeting Minutes.
  • Next Meeting Date:  3/20/18
  • 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.