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City Council to name committee for BSU negotiations

The Bemidji City Council on Monday again will discuss the events center.

During each regular council meeting the council receives updates from the Headwaters Regional Development Commission on its work regarding the events center.

Additionally on Monday, the City Council is expected to name a committee that will meet with Bemidji State University regarding negotiations.

The City Council is currently supporting a $50 million facility, which would include an events center that also would house BSU hockey. One-half of the funding for the project would come from the city's half-cent sales tax. If approved by the Legislature, the remaining $25 million would come from the state.

The council has sought BSU's commitment to the project for some time. Dave Hengel with the HRDC has said that he expects BSU to make a statement about its intentions before House and Senate legislators visit Bemidji later this month

The council also is expected to consider a lease agreement with BSU for the operation of the Diamond Point Park Outdoor Program Center. A previous lease proposal was rejected by the council, and the proposed lease now includes a clause for early termination of the lease.

The City Council is expected to also award the sale of $4.3 million in general obligation bonds for capital improvements, consider the purchase of interpretive signage for Diamond Point Park in the amount of $13,681 and set a truth-in-taxation hearing date.

The City Council will convene at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers at Bemidji City Hall.