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Council has full agenda for Monday's meeting
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The Bemidji City Council has a full agenda for Monday's 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

The Headwaters School for Music and the Arts is asking permission to footprints throughout the city on Nov. 1. The "Art Attack!" event is planned to bring attention to the Great River Gallery and the school.

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The giant, stenciled, chalk footprints would begin at the Paul Bunyan and Babe statue, go down Third Street, stop at the former great River Gallery, then continue along Minnesota Avenue to the Headwaters School for the Music and Arts. The footprints would then return to the statue along Sixth Street, Beltrami Avenue and Fifth Street.

The product used to paint the footprints disappears in 10 to 20 days, or less if exposed to rain, snow or traffic.

Parks committee

The council is expected to consider requiring Parks and Recreation Commission appointments to be residents of the city of Bemidji.

Appointments to the commission are not currently restricted to city residents through either the City Code or the bylaws.

The commission reviewed the issue during its Oct. 9 meeting and asked the City Council to set a policy on the matter.

Dan Haluptzok, the superintendent of parks and recreation, has recommended that a policy be set that limits membership to city residents.

However, there is currently one member of the Parks and Recreation Commission who does not live within the city. Haluptzok proposed that this member be grandfathered in until his term expires on Jan. 31, 2009.

Habitat for Humanity

The council will consider a request from Habitat for Humanity to waive $1,359 in building fees for the construction of a new home at 1004 12th St. N.W.

The council has, in the past, waived similar building fees for Habitat for Humanity, but staff has recommended that the request be denied due to the council's moratorium on donations. In August, the council voted to continue the moratorium, which includes waiving fees.

Fee scheduled

The council will hold the first reading of the proposed fee schedule for 2008. A public hearing on the fee proposals will be held Nov. 5.

Y bwesley@bemidjipioneer.comBy Bethany Wesley

Pioneer Staff Writer

The Bemidji City Council has a full agenda for Monday's 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

The Headwaters School for Music and the Arts is asking permission to footprints throughout the city on Nov. 1. The "Art Attack!" event is planned to bring attention to the Great River Gallery and the school.

The giant, stenciled, chalk footprints would begin at the Paul Bunyan and Babe statue, go down Third Street, stop at the former great River Gallery, then continue along Minnesota Avenue to the Headwaters School for the Music and Arts. The footprints would then return to the statue along Sixth Street, Beltrami Avenue and Fifth Street.

The product used to paint the footprints disappears in 10 to 20 days, or less if exposed to rain, snow or traffic.

Parks committee

The council is expected to consider requiring Parks and Recreation Commission appointments to be residents of the city of Bemidji.

Appointments to the commission are not currently restricted to city residents through either the City Code or the bylaws.

The commission reviewed the issue during its Oct. 9 meeting and asked the City Council to set a policy on the matter.

Dan Haluptzok, the superintendent of parks and recreation, has recommended that a policy be set that limits membership to city residents.

However, there is currently one member of the Parks and Recreation Commission who does not live within the city. Haluptzok proposed that this member be grandfathered in until his term expires on Jan. 31, 2009.

Habitat for Humanity

The council will consider a request from Habitat for Humanity to waive $1,359 in building fees for the construction of a new home at 1004 12th St. N.W.

The council has, in the past, waived similar building fees for Habitat for Humanity, but staff has recommended that the request be denied due to the council's moratorium on donations. In August, the council voted to continue the moratorium, which includes waiving fees.

Fee scheduled

The council will hold the first reading of the proposed fee schedule for 2008. A public hearing on the fee proposals will be held Nov. 5.

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Bethany Wesley
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