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Bemidji City Council: Three meetings set for Tuesday

Could a BREC-attached hotel room be on the horizon?

The Bemidji City Council is scheduled to meet as the Bemidji Economic Develop Authority Tuesday night to discuss a potential property sale.

The meeting would be closed if the council wants to develop or consider offers or counter-offers for the purchase of property.

But, City Manager John Chattin last week said a proposal for a hotel that would be attached to the Bemidji Regional Event Center is progressing.

Chattin wrote in the Aug. 27 weekly newsletter, "The Proposal Review Committee will meet again with the hotel group that proposes a new 142-room hotel, attached to the BREC."

He continues, "If all goes well ... they may appear before the Bemidji Economic Development Authority on (Sept. 7) to make an offer on the property."

Chattin said the hope is that ground could still be broken this fall.

A night of meetings

The council is scheduled to hold three meetings Tuesday night.

The first is a budget work session set for 6:15 p.m. Staff is asking the council to consider setting a preliminary budget for 2011.

First presented with a possible 13 percent levy increase, the council directed staff to find cuts and lower any potential levy increase.

Since then, staff has developed a list of options and listed their potential levy impact.

Staff now is asking the council to consider the potential cuts and to tell staff what levy amount the council will support.

The next meeting is the regularly scheduled council meeting.

Scheduled for discussion during that meeting are:

E Possible bid approval for various vendors, furniture and fixtures needs for the BREC.

E The possibility of featuring tribal flags at the BREC.

The third meeting will be the BEDA meeting, which will be held immediately following the council meeting in the council room. At least one portion of the meeting is expected to be closed to the public.

Could a BREC-attached hotel room be on the horizon?

The Bemidji City Council is scheduled to meet as the Bemidji Economic Develop Authority Tuesday night to discuss a potential property sale.

The meeting would be closed if the council wants to develop or consider offers or counter-offers for the purchase of property.

But, City Manager John Chattin last week said a proposal for a hotel that would be attached to the Bemidji Regional Event Center is progressing.

Chattin wrote in the Aug. 27 weekly newsletter, "The Proposal Review Committee will meet again with the hotel group that proposes a new 142-room hotel, attached to the BREC."

He continues, "If all goes well ... they may appear before the Bemidji Economic Development Authority on (Sept. 7) to make an offer on the property."

Chattin said the hope is that ground could still be broken this fall.

A night of meetings

The council is scheduled to hold three meetings Tuesday night.

The first is a budget work session set for 6:15 p.m. Staff is asking the council to consider setting a preliminary budget for 2011.

First presented with a possible 13 percent levy increase, the council directed staff to find cuts and lower any potential levy increase.

Since then, staff has developed a list of options and listed their potential levy impact.

Staff now is asking the council to consider the potential cuts and to tell staff what levy amount the council will support.

The next meeting is the regularly scheduled council meeting.

Scheduled for discussion during that meeting are:

- Possible bid approval for various vendors, furniture and fixtures needs for the BREC.

- The possibility of featuring tribal flags at the BREC.

The third meeting will be the BEDA meeting, which will be held immediately following the council meeting in the council room. At least one portion of the meeting is expected to be closed to the public.

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