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PHONE: (701) 523-3309
FAX: (701) 523-5716

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



City Commission Minutes

January 19, 2021
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission meeting held on January 19, 2021 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

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

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

Checks: #12376 – 12394; Direct Deposit: $24,746.63; Voided Checks: None; Bills:  Bowman Auto Parts $115.43, Cenex Fleetcard $3,036.99, Consolidated Telecom $1,270.48, Country Media $80.92, Coyle Electric $421.40, Fallon County Treasurer $4,159.75, Hawkins $1,026.30, John Deere Financial $724.38, MGM Welding $3,324.15, Municipal Finance Officers Association $60.00, ProPoint Cooperative $194.40, Schmitz-Holmstrom $1,500.00, Slope Electric $1,215.00, Southwest Business Machine $12.16, SW District Health Unit $120.00, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway $4,250.00, Verizon Wireless $350.81, Westlie Truck Center $1,043.27, and Wild and Weiss Law Office $200.00.


Dept. Head Report:  Hofland had the remaining eight storm drains grates repaired.


Dept. Head Report:  Chief Headley gave a PowerPoint review of 2020 calls for service.


Laptop Request for Water Dept:  Mason needs a new laptop, his current one is 7 years old.  The ND DOH is doing everything electronic and he needs to be able comply with electronic reporting requirements.  The funds can come out of the water equipment fund.  Motion by Vail, second by Limesand to purchase a laptop for the water department using the water equipment fund to pay for it.  RCV= all aye, MC.

UB Email Module Quote:  Black Mountain has an email module that we can add to our software that would allow bills to be emailed to the customer instead of mailed.  The fee is a one-time fee of $1,000.00 and after that a $100.00 fee annually.  There is an average of a 3-year recovery of costs recouped for postage, billing, ink, etc.  The fee would be split between each enterprise fund.  Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to approve the purchase of the email module from Black Mountain Software and split the cost between water and garbage for the initial and annual fee.  RCV= all aye, MC.

City Hall Closure:  McGee inquired about opening City Hall and the Commission said they wish to stay closed through March.


BINAXNow Testing:  The NDLC sent notification that cities can do the BINAXNow 15-minute COVID-19 testing at the city level under the NDLC’s license.  A city can either do the testing on their employees and or for the public.  The Commission decided against offering this since service we have healthcare facilities here that can perform these tests.

Highway 12 and 85 Beacon:  The flashing yellow beacon at the intersection of Highway 12 and 85 has been taken down by the ND DOT.  Allen called the DOT to ask about the beacon removal and they said it was part of a traffic operations study completed in 2015.  During the study they decided the following were reasons to remove the beacon: people misinterpret the flashing beacon as a 4 way stop, that there wasn’t a reduction in crashes since it was installed, the overhead wires were a concern of being hit by high profile vehicles, and the intersection is fully lit making the T in the intersection visible.  So with those conclusions they decided to remove the beacon when they were working on signage in the area again, which was recently. 

Shear will check to see if ND DOT could include a flashing stop sign in our upcoming Highway 12 project.  

Renaissance Zone Tax Abatement:  Allen presented an application for a Renaissance Zone property tax abatement that was previously approved.  Motion by Limesand second by Shear to approve signing the tax abatement for the Renaissance Zone tax abatement in the amount of $1,253.22.  RCV= all aye, MC.

NDLC Spring Workshop:  NDLC is preparing for the spring workshop to be a regular meeting and not a virtual workshop on 4/20/21 & 4/21/21.  Allen will bring a revised agenda as it gets closer to see if anyone is planning on attending.


Pioneer Trails Regional Museum Grant Letter:  Museum is applying for a grant through the state historical society and needs a letter from the City stating they are in support of their project.  A letter of support was read at the meeting and approved for signature. 

Meeting Date Change:  James requested to change two meeting dates due to conflicts:  2/2/20 changed to 2/3/20 and 5/18/21 to 5/19/21.  James will be gone during the June 15th meeting which Limesand will chair.


Next Meeting Date:  February 3, 2020

Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills, December 2020 Financials, and 1/5/21 Meeting Minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

President James adjourned the meeting at 5:05 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

February 03, 2021
4:00 PM


Wednesday, February 3, 2021 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  -  4:05 PM               Call Meeting to Order, Approval of Agenda and Pledge of Allegiance

                                          Commissioners Review of Bills

 4:05 – 4:30 PM                 Dept. Head Reports/Engineering (Hofland, Mason, Headley, and Brosz)  

 4:30 PM                           Teran Doerr- Bowman County 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人下载app 澳门威尼人下载app                                                              



Transfer – TAP Project

US Hwy 12 ND DOT Project Review

Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills and 1/19/21 Meeting Minutes.
  • Next Meeting Date: 2/16/21
  • 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.

2021 City Commission Meeting Dates 


Lyn James

President of the City Commission

Lyn James is the owner of Flowers and Cappuccino by Lasting Visions in Bowman, ND, and has been in business for 33 years.   She is passionate about her community and is currently serving her fifth term as President of the Bowman City Commission, after serving two terms as a City Commissioner. Lyn also serves on the Bowman County Economic 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人下载app 澳门威尼人下载app Board of Directors, is the Chair of the Bowman Tax and Tourism Committee and is a member of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce and Bowman Rotary Club.   She represents North Dakota cities as a member of the ND Peace Officers Standards and Training Board, as the Chair of the ND Economic 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人下载app Foundation Board of Directors, the Western Dakota Energy Association Executive Board, and the ND Workforce 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人下载app Council.   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.

City Commissioner                                                President of City Commission


Term 1           1996-2000                                         Term 1           2004-2008


Term 2           2000-2004                                         Term 2           2008-2012


                                                                                    Term 3           2012-2016


                                                                                    Term 4           2016-2020


                                                                                    Term 5           2020-2024


Darren Limesand

Vice-Chair of City Commission and Finance Commissioner

Darren Limesand is an independent financial advisor. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® with advanced training and competency in the subject of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement a prudent process. He is aligned with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., one of the most respected independent broker-dealers in the industry and shares their core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness. Darren is a former accountant and a banker for 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana 澳门澳门威尼人下载app人app University and FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Darren is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Plan Advisors, as well as his local Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and the Bowman Volunteer Fire Department.  Darren is also on the tree board for the City of Bowman and is the Finance Commissioner.  In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing


City Commissioner

Term 1           2014-2018

Term 2           2018-2022

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.  Ryan as two children: Isaiah and Isabella. 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. 


City Commissioner

Term 1           2016 - 2020

Term 2           2020 - 2024

Mryon "Tiger" Vail

Water/Sewer Commissioner

Myron was raised in Bowman and graduated from Bowman High School in 1977.  He furthered his education at NDSSS Electrical and became an electrician and owned and operated Tiger Electric in Bowman for 20 years and has since retired.

He is married to Lori Vail and together they have 3 children (Leah, Forrest and Brent).

Myron currently serves on the Bowman County Zoning Board and the City of Bowman Tree Board.  His hobbies including flipping houses and being a Grandpa.

Myron’s motto is “Fixing up Bowman, one house at a time


City Commissioner

Term 1           1992 - 1996

Term 2           2016 - 2020

Term 3           2020 - 2024

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 motorcycle, watching supercross and motocross, and spending time with his family.


City Commissioner


Term 1           2018-2022



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