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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

February 16, 2021
4:00 pm

Minutes of the Regular City Commission Meeting held on February 16, 2021 at City Hall at 4:00 PM.

Present:  Lyn James, Darren Limesand, Ryan Shear, Myron Vail, Benjamin Schaaf, Chuck Headley, Stacy McGee, and Peggy Allen.  

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: #12426 – 12442; Direct Deposit: $25,448.25; Voided Checks: None;

Bills: A2Z Printing $421.97, Black Mountain Software $9,565.00, Bowman County Development Corporation $100.00, Carmel’s Cleaners $130.68, Cenex Fleetcard $3,827.51, Consolidated Telecom $1,270.94, Country Media $465.31, Coyle Electric $754.68, Dakota Communications $7,728.95, Fallon County Treasurer $3,795.75, Hawkins $168.00, One Call Concepts $8.40, ProPoint $68.29, Slope Electric $1,277.00, Southwest Business Machine $370.28, Verizon Wireless $379.56, and Wild and Weiss Law Office $200.00.  

Tax and Tourism Checks: # 12443

Tax and Tourism Bills:  Frontier Production $500.00


Dept. Head Report:  The new SUV is now completely outfitted with equipment and is being used for patrol by Officer Fischer.


COVID-19 Discussion:  Opening City Hall and the meeting room was discussed.  People will not be required to wear a mask at City Hall, but will still be required to social distance.

Motion by Limesand, second by Vail to open City Hall and the meeting room on March 1, 2021 and room rental capacity will be up to 25 people and social distancing required.  RCV= all aye, MC.

Front window:  Plexi glass will be hung at the front window.

Transient Merchant:  As of now, no door to door is allowed.  The Commission will discuss again at the June 1st meeting. 


Wind Tower Project:  Shear shared a map of wind towers that are being proposed to be placed west of Bowman.  The closest to Bowman is within 5 miles.  They are going to propose their project to energy buyers with both large and small towers because their project isn’t sold yet. 

The Commission is concerned about wind towers getting too close to the city, and our ordinance states that they can’t be within our extraterritorial zone.  Allen will contact the City Attorney to see if the City has any ability to extend that further.  Allen will bring information back to the next meeting with a possible ordinance change.


Vacant Water/Sewer Department Position:  General discussion was held on the vacant water/sewer department position and will be revisited at the next meeting. 


2020 Audit:  Limesand is calling auditor firms and will probably have information for the next meeting.


Next Meeting Date:  3/2/21

Motion by Schaaf, second by Shear to approve the 2/3/21 meeting minutes, bills and the January 2021 financials. 

President James adjourned the meeting at 4:35 pm.


City Commission Meeting Agenda

February 16, 2021
4:00 PM


Tuesday, February 16, 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 (McGee, Hofland, Mason, Headley, and Brosz) 





Wind Tower Project


Open Forum

Close of Meeting

  • Approval of Bills, January 2021 Financials, and 2/3/21 Meeting Minutes.
  • Next Meeting Date: March 2, 2021
  • 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 Development Corporation 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 Development Foundation Board of Directors, the Western Dakota Energy Association Executive Board, and the ND Workforce Development 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 State 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