A new year arrives and a new administration takes over in the city of Bowman.
If you also include a special election coming up in March to fill the seat of Councilwoman Pauline Seigler, who stepped down towards the end of last year, all but two seats on the council will have changed.
The council recently held its first official meeting as a group last week, and new Bowman City Mayor Pete Gibbons feels positive moving forward with this group.
“The first meeting is always a little nervous, getting used to sitting in the middle as opposed to sitting on the side. The meeting went well, we just had a few things to change over as we have a new administration”, said Gibbons. “I feel confident that we have a great group on the city council that we are going to work together and get a lot of things moving forward.”
Aside from working together as a group, Mayor Gibbons has his eye on something that has been hurting Bowman for a number of years now and that is the amount of lost jobs in the community.
“We haven’t found a way to replace those jobs, and that is really hurting our community right now, the fact that there is really no employers here, and that means that everyone who lives here works elsewhere”, said Gibbons. “Which means when they get their paycheck they spend that money elsewhere, we need those jobs to attract people here.”
The first regular work session of the new Bowman City Council will be held on Monday, January 20th, with the council’s regular meeting to follow on the next Monday, January 27th.