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

Bowman City Commission



City Commission Minutes

July 02, 2019
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on July 2, 2019 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chuck Headley, Peggy Allen, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Debbie Bucholz, Kevin Bucholz, Myron Olson, Dorothy Pearson, Jean Nudell, Sarah Snavely, Edna Paulson, Duane Hill, Chuck Whitney, and Garrett Kidd.  Absent: Lyn James

Vice President Limesand 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: #11385 – 11409; Direct Deposit: $27,962.59; Salary Check # 103296; Salaries: $212.26; Bills: Art Johnson $79.75, Advanced Business Methods $185.21, Amanda Johnson $150.00, Bill Mason $298.96, Bowman Ready Mix $559.50, Bowman Sales and Service $140.08, Brosz Engineering $14,647.50, Carmel’s Cleaners $87.12, Catherine Hedge $350.00, Core and Main $143.98, Coyle Electric $6,390.41, Dakota Dust-Tex $90.65, Double EE Service $20.84, Elwood Anderson $200.00, JK Excavation and Construction $4,000.00, Loretta Olind $400.00, MDU $7,558.13, Newby’s Ace Hardware $118.61, One Call Concepts $55.20, Postmaster $368.55, Roughrider Industries $7,484.00, Van Deist Supply Company $1,124.20, Visa $56.22, West Dakota Utility Services $5,682.50, and Woodley Construction $28.45.


Dept. Head Report:  Hofland reported they used 750 gallons of oil while durapatching the streets and some of the walk paths.  The durapatch machine will go back next week.


Water Tower Easement:  Mason explained the changes he felt needed to be made on the easement agreement regarding whom is responsible for the water line repairs.  The commission spoke with Attorney Wild on the phone regarding changes to be made and Attorney Wild said he would make the changes and present them to Steve Beylund for signature.


                Cleaners Building:  Contractor says the only way to fix this dilapidated building is to tear it down.  The owner was given 30 days to make repairs and make the building structurally sound.  Chief Headley listed the items that the contractor said needed repaired.  The owner has up to July 19, 2019 to make the necessary repairs, she was notified by certified mail.  Headley also put an ad in the paper, posted a notice on the building, and locked it.  After July 19, we will look to Attorney Wild for the next step.  According to the contractor, everything is suitable for the landfill, and no asbestos is suspected. 


ND Dept. of Environmental Quality Chemistry Lab Contract:  Allen presented a contract with the ND Dept. of Environmental Quality Chemistry Lab for testing of our water samples.  Motion by Vail, second by Schaaf to approve ND Dept. of Environmental Quality Chemistry Lab Contract for testing of our samples. RCV= all aye, MC.

Kelly Armstrong Committee:  There will be a few of Kelly Armstrong’s Committee that want to visit with Bowman City Commissioners and they will be here on July 11.  James and Schaaf agreed to meet with them on July 11 at 9:00 am.


2020 Budget Request:  Snavely gave a presentation on the activity at the library.  They are increasing their 2020 budgetary ask to $23,995.00, 4 mills, and 1 single group health insurance.  They are currently updating their library space and are painting a sunflower mural on the back of the building.    They want to put a pocket park in the back of the library and will be checking with our zoning department on that soon. 


Tree on 17 4th Ave NE:  This is the tree that has been buckling the street and needs to be removed.  Waddington Boom Truck gave Whitney a price of $4,500.00 to remove the tree, it does not include the stump removal.  Motion by Schaff, second by Shear to approve the quote from Waddington Boom Truck to remove one large tree in the amount of $4,500.00 for 17 4th Ave NW to be taken out of the SUR Fund.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Other Trees:  Whitney talked about tree replacement and some grants that they City could apply for, but nothing was decided on.

Vail mentioned a stump at 306 W. Divide that wasn’t ground down last year, Whitney thought this could be done with the bunch of trees he will be doing this time.

The prices include removing stumps in the $3,975.00 quote.

There was discussion about a bunch of trees that are near MDU lines, Vail will visit with the MDU guy regarding the trees in the alley on 5th Avenue to see if they are willing to cut them down.

Motion by Vail, second by Schaaf to approve the quote from Waddington Boom Truck for dead and diseased tree removal in the amount of $3,975.00 on 12 properties.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                Annual Car Show:  The car club has their annual car show during Summerfest and would like to ask for permission to barricade the streets on 2nd Ave SW and 1st Street SW on July 27.  Chief Headley said he is ok with them barricading the streets.  Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve barricading the streets on 2nd Ave SW and 1st Street SW on July 27 for the Dakota Territory Car Club Show. RCV= all aye, MC.

Alcohol in the Park Permit:  Hill requested to have alcohol in the City Park during the car club show.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the alcohol limited event permit for alcohol in the City Park during the Dakota Territory Car Club Show from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  RCV= all aye, MC.


                2020 Budget Request:  Nudell gave an update on the happenings at the Museum.  They are requesting $30,000 in budgeted funds for 2020.       

There was discussion again on connecting the two buildings, if they are going to connect the two buildings, Vail said the garbage crew will have to come from the east side of the block because the north side of the block has too steep of an incline for the trucks.  They will come back with a drawing and a proposal.


Next Meeting:  On Wednesday, 7/17/19 at 4:00 pm.

Motion by Shear to approve the 6/18/19 Meeting Minutes, 6/25/19 Special Meeting Minutes, and bills.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Vice President Limesand adjourned the meeting at 5:28 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

July 02, 2019
4:00 PM


Tuesday, July 2, 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/Engineering (Mason, Hofland, Headley, and Brosz)  

 4:30  - 4:40 PM                Sarah Snavely – Library 2020 Budget Request     

   4:40 – 4:55 PM                Chuck Whitney – Dead and Diseased Trees and Caron Property Tree

   4:55 – 5:05 PM                Duane Hill – Car Show and Alcohol Permit for Park           

   5:05 PM                            Jean Nudell – Pioneer Trails Museum 2020 Budget Request



ND Dept of Environmental Quality Chemistry Lab Contract

Water Tower Easement Agreement

Representative Kelly Armstrong Meeting

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, 6/18/19 Minutes, and 6/25/19 Special Meeting Minutes.   
  • Next Meeting Date:  WEDNESDAY - July 17, 2019
  • 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.