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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

November 04, 2020
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on November 4, 2020 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Zoom Call in Meeting

Present:  Lyn James, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chief Headley, Bill Mason, Todd Hofland, Peggy Allen, and Drew Henderson.   Absent:  Darren Limesand

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.

Direct Deposit: $25,398.96;  Salary Checks: None;  Voided Checks: None;  Checks: # 12256 – 12281; Bills:  Advanced Business Methods $329.85, Bowman Auto Parts $79.29, Bowman Park and Rec $10,295.24, Bowman Sales and Service $1,376.96, Brosz Engineering $5,047.50, Catherine Hedge $350.00, CNHI Capitol $54.88, Dakota Dust-Tex $93.40, Galls $112.99, Graphic Attic $400.00, Jim’s Repair $851.07, KPOK $40.00, Linda Suchy $19.78, Loretta Olind $400.00, Lucky’s Liquor $50.62, MDU $6,683.77, Melinda Lynch $108.17, Newby’s Ace Hardware $67.02, Northwest Tire $24.18, One Call Concepts $72.00, Pen Soft $639.00, Pro-Forms $1,373.16, Southwest Business Machine $475.40, Southwest Healthcare Services $745.00, Swanston Equipment $124.41, VISA $1,726.75. 

Tax and Tourism Checks: # 12282 - 12283

Tax and Tourism Bills:  Headless Horseman $500.00 and Twin Buttes Motocross $500.00.


Dept. Head Report:  Hofland reported a problem with the chain on the sander, he ordered a new drive chain which was delivered today.


Dept Head Report:  Nothing to report.


Dept. Head Report:  Nothing new to report.


                Henderson wants to build a patio on the south side of the Windy’s Bar.  The patio will have 12’ side posts, lighting, seating, fenced in with a railing and no entry allowed from the outside.  There will be an emergency exit accessible from the interior only.  There will be a glass door from the interior to the exterior so you will be able to see out into the patio, but there will not be 100 % visibility from the bar pour area. The Commission said Henderson must have a surveillance system to view the whole area with a monitor at the pour area.  Access will be through the bar only so you have to be 21 to be in there.  Henderson said he doesn’t want smoking in the new patio area.  

Headley asked if there was plans for music, Henderson said as of now, no plans for music.  If they did decide to have music, it would be background music and it would be at talking volume. 

Headley asked what the former patio area is being used for.  Henderson said it was utilized as a smoking area and for consumption.  Eventually they would like to put a roof over it.  There is not a monitor back there yet. 

James asked for any further concerns or comments, with none being heard James asked for a motion regarding this application.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the patio addition application for Windy’s Bar and it must meet all the criteria discussed.   RCV= all aye, MC.

JAMES:  The public input/comment time is closed for Highway 12 project.  James, Shear, Chief Headley, City Commission, and several residents have turned in input regarding this project.  The ND DOT will meet with the Bowman City Commission to present their final recommendations.


Request to Forgive Park and Rec’s Landfill Bill:  C. Walby requested to have the landfill bill for the City Park bathroom project to be forgiven in the amount is $180.00.  Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to forgive the Park and Rec landfill bill in the amount of $180.00 for the City Park bathroom project.  RCV= all aye, MC.


Motion by Shear, second by Schaaf to approve the bills and the 10/20/20 meeting minutes.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Next Meeting:  11/17/20 at 4:00 pm.  We will decide closer to the meeting date if we will have a zoom meeting or a regular meeting.

President James adjourned the meeting at 4:35 pm.

City Commission Meeting Agenda

November 17, 2020
4:00 PM


Tuesday, November 17, 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.                          ZOOM MEETING

Meeting ID: 845 9276 4685        Passcode: 900298                             1-253-215-8782 US (Tacoma)



 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 (McGee, Hofland, Mason, and Brosz)    

                                                                Headley - Extended Warranty on 2020 Explorer

                                                                               - Festival of Lights – Road blocked off


Abate Poker Permit


2021 Drug and Alcohol Testing

2020 FSA Ballot

Attorney Response on Chapter 8 Article 6


Open Forum


Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills and  11/4/20 Meeting Minutes.
  • Next Meeting Date: 12/8/20
  • 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 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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