BEMIDJI - A Moorhead-based architectural firm has been hired to conduct the condition assessment for the historic Bemidji Carnegie Library.
Michael Burns Architects has been hired at a cost not to exceed $10,000 to survey the 102-year-old building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and to determine a cost estimate to renovate and move the structure.
The firm currently is working on a renovation of the Carnegie Library in Thief River Falls, according to a letter of interest sent to the city.
Ten firms were suggested to the city by the State Historical Society, according to council documents. Michael Burns Architects was the only one that could meet the city's timeline.
The Save the Bemidji Carnegie Library Committee has raised $10,000 in donations so the funds are available.
fire equipment Grant
The council also accepted a $29,090 grant from the George W. Neilson Foundation to purchase technical rescue equipment for the Bemidji and Cass Lake fire departments.
In a memo to the council, Fire Chief Dave Hoefer said the Cass Lake and Bemidji departments have been working cooperatively to prepare for an advanced rope or confined space rescue emergency in this area.
The grant will fund the purchase of rescue equipment that will be stored at both departments and available for use by both.
food shelf application
The council also gave support for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf's application to the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities application, which would aid in the cost of purchasing a new building for the food shelf.
The food shelf has a purchase agreement in place for the old ODC building, 1260 Industrial Park Drive SE.
The council also approved a contract assignment for Waste Management, which has purchased Brad's Sanitation.
Currently, Bemidji and Brad's Sanitation have a refuse contract in place through which Brad's Sanitation waives the right to collect residential service in exchange for the city waiving its right to collect commercial service.
The council on Monday authorized the transfer of that contract, which expires June 1, 2022, to Waste Management.