Parks, streets and trails discussed at Bemidji City Council meeting


Feature photo: Award of Excellence presented at the City Council meeting by the Minnesota Parks and Recreation Association. Michelle Snider represented the MPRA (extreme right).

The Bemidji municipal council approved many points unanimously during its meeting on Monday.

One item that did not pass was an idea between Northwoods Habitat for Humanity and the town of Bemidji to use program funds for the demolition of condemnable structures for new sites for Habitat homes.

Assistant City Attorney Katie Nolting said while Habitat is a worthwhile program, such use would not be appropriate for taxpayer dollars.

City Chief Financial Officer Ron Eischens said the city has traditionally waived various fees for new Habitat sites, such as building permits and sewer and water connection fees.

Earlier in the meeting, the council received an award from the Minnesota Parks and Recreation Association for the community-wide collaborative effort of the North Country Park Natural Playground Project.

The project, which is still ongoing, has achieved many points of excellence for the award, according to the MPRA’s Michelle Snider.

In other cases counsel:

  • Approved both consent agendas, with an amended invoice from ASM Global (was approximately $21,000, amended to approximately $16,000).
  • Outdoor dining permits approved for Table for 7, allowing sidewalk cafe.
  • Awarded a bid for the 23rd St. NW trail project which will begin this summer.
  • Awarding of a quote for a storm sewer project Park Ave. NW near the old building of T. Juan.
  • Approval of a revised Memorandum of Understanding with the Rotary Club of Bemidji for the North Country Park Natural Playscapes Project, and an amendment with the Learning Landscape Designs Professional Services Agreement for the project.
  • Approved three capital improvement items for the Sanford Center, with a point-of-sale system purchase from funds provided by ASM Global, and repairs to the ice plant and ice rink from an ASM Global fund. capital improvement established for the center of Sanford.
  • Held the first reading of an ordinance changing the city’s liquor code to align with the latest state-level changes, allowing off-the-shelf sale of six-packs at craft breweries.
  • Held the final reading of an ordinance authorizing the sale of real property. It is one of the last plots on the South Shore of the city. A public hearing was held before the regular meeting of the Bemidji Economic Development Authority, or BEDA.

Larissa Donovan is the Stations News Director for Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost continuously, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats of North Central Minnesota, such as local government, crime , education, environment and social issues. . She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow Larissa’s live tweets about meetings and events on Twitter!


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