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BREC sign bid approved

In a relatively quick, 26-minute meeting of the Bemidji City Council Monday night, the most notable action was the adoption of a bid package for the marquee sign for the Bemidji Regional Event Center.

The council earlier this month rejected the bids received for the sign, planned to be located at First Street and Paul Bunyan Drive, and re-bid it.

Gerry Domino, senior project manager through Kraus-Anderson, said the specifications were not originally clear.

"It was confusing in the way it was written," he said of the original bid package.

The low bids now are Con's Masonry Inc. of Bemidji, which bid $71,250 for the concrete, masonry and excavation needs, and SignArt Co. Inc out of Mendota Heights, Minn., which bid $38,796 for the metal sign cabinet.

City Manager John Chattin also informed the council that a requirement from the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been addressed.

The marquee sign had been planned to be placed on property owned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, with permission from the DNR.

However, Chattin said, MnDOT was requiring that the city obtain an off-premise permit to place the sign on property it does not own.

And, there is a moratorium on off-premise permits.

So, Chattin explained, the city is now buying back a bit of the land it sold to the DNR in order to place the sign in its planned location.

The details are still being worked out.

"It's always something interesting," said Mayor Richard Lehmann.

Y bwesley@bemidjipioneer.com

City Manager John Chattin also informed the council that a requirement from the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been addressed.

The marquee sign had been planned to be placed on property owned by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, with permission from the DNR.

However, Chattin said, MnDOT was requiring that the city obtain an off-premise permit to place the sign on property it does not own.

And, there is a moratorium on off-premise permits.

So, Chattin explained, the city is now buying back a bit of the land it sold to the DNR in order to place the sign in its planned location.

The details are still being worked out.

"It's always something interesting," said Mayor Richard Lehmann.

bwesley@bemidjipioneer.com

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