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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

January 07, 2020
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on January 7, 2020 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Myron Vail, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Benjamin Schaaf, Larry Fischer, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, and Stacy McGee .

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. 

Checks: #11757 – 11774, Voided Checks: None, Salary Checks #: None, Salaries: None,    Direct Deposit: $28,031.22, Bills: Postmaster $355.25, Advanced Business Methods $166.26, Bowman Auto Parts $93.70, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Cenex Fleetcard $3,489.77, Dakota Dust-Tex $90.40, Fallon County Treasurer $4,086.25, Frontier Signs & Graphics $450.00, Jim Ehrmantrout $543.90, L-Tron $172.00, Loretta Olind $400.00, Mahlon Smith $90.00, MDU $8,677.44, Mid-States Organized $100.00, NDLC $1,200.00, ProPoint Cooperative $9.13, SW District Health Unit $120.00, and Theodore Roosevelt Expressway $5,000.00.  


Dept. Head Report:  Hofland applied for a burn permit for the landfill.  We have a full garbage crew again and all is going well.


Dept. Head Report:  No report. 

Water Repairs on Private Land:  The Water Department repaired a water line that was hooked to city services, located outside city limits on private property.  Since there was no shut off at the point of hookup, the line had to be fixed right away.  According to Ordinance #7.0112 it states the owner is responsible for repairs to the service line from the curb stop to the meter which is located on private property.  Vail and Mason will visit with Attorney Wild on who is responsible for repair cost in the future on unique situations like this.  A letter will be sent to the individual businesses who own the line to inform them a curb stop has been put in and future repairs will be at their cost.


                Dept. Head Report:  No report


 Resolution 2020-W/S-16: Pursuant to Article 5 of Chapter 7, Ordinance 7.0124 of the Municipal Ordinances of the City of Bowman, be is resolved that there is hereby established the following monthly rates and charges for water, sewer, sur and bulk water services supplied by the City:  Theses rates go into effect for January 2020 usage.

  1. Water Rates:  All metered water users will pay $7.00 per 1,000 gallons of water.
  2. Sewer Rates (Monthly):  Residential $11.00 and Commercial First 7,000 gallons used will be $11.00 (Minimum charge) and Over 7,000 gallons used will be $0.60 per 1,000 gallons thereafter.

Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve Resolution 2020-W/S – 16 Establishing Water, Sewer, and Sur Service Charges.RCV= all aye, MC.


Art and Wine Walk Request:  L. Wallman requested approval to add beer tasting to the Art and Wine Walk in hopes to encourage men to join the event.  The Commission will review the liquor ordinance at the next meeting.  To help answer questions, the Art and Wine Walk Chamber Committee Members, Doerr and Headley will be asked to attend.

Side Tip Garbage Cans:  General discussion was held on wheeled side tip garbage cans.  An unrequested sample was delivered to City Hall for our garbage crews to use and for the Commission to consider using in the future.

Dilapidated Homes: Discussion was held on dilapidated buildings in city limits.   Limesand will visit with Attorney Wild on procedures and ordinances related to the removal of dilapidated buildings.  Information will be brought to the February 4th meeting

Cleaners Building:  Allen will request a letter from Attorney Wild, which states the City has the right to tear down the old cleaners building.

Vail will contact companies on a demolition quote of the building.  Prior to removal, a contract with the demolition company will be created stating the company will be liable for any damages that may result to the businesses next door.


Motion by Limesand, second by Schaaf to approve the bills and the December 30, 2019 meeting minutes.

Next Meeting Date:  January 21, 2020

City Commission Meeting Agenda

January 21, 2020
4:00 PM


Tuesday, January 21, 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  -  4:30 PM               Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

                                          Commissioners Review of Bills

                                           Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (Hofland, Mason, Headley, and Brosz)  

 4:30 pm                            Liquor Ordinance Discussion


ND Law Enforcement Admin Support Conference


Cleaners Building Demo Quotes

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 1/7/20 Meeting Minutes and December 2019 Financials.
  • Next Meeting Date: February 4, 2020
  • 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 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.