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Industrial park expansion to be considered

The Bemidji City Council on Monday is expected to consider authorizing plans to expand the city's industrial park.

The industrial park expansion plans would add 68 acres to the Bemidji Industrial Park and would include construction of sanitary sewer, water main and roads, according to a staff report from City Engineer Craig Gray.

The estimated total cost is $2.7 million, Gray reported. The city and Bemidji Development Corporation obtained a $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Additional grants have been secured through the Department of Employment and Economic Development and Minnesota Investment Fund (also administered through DEED) will contribute $425,000 toward the cost of the project.

The remaining balance will be paid by $300,000 in city stormwater and water utility funds and $775,000 in assessments to the properties, according to Gray's report.

A petition has been presented to the city from property owners who have requested the utility and street improvements to Crame, Herington and Corrigan avenues and 30th Street.

The City Council is expected to consider the petition and whether the city should call for the preparation of plans and advertise for bids.

South shore matters

The City Council also is expected to consider a proposal from Gary Battuello with Ramsland and Vigen in Duluth for appraisal services in the south shore.

Battuello previously worked with the city in evaluating areas for the Paul Bunyan State Trail corridor, according to a staff report from City Attorney Al Felix.

A detailed proposal from Battuello is expected before Monday's meeting begins.

EDA meeting

Councilors also will convene as the Bemidji Economic Development Authority following the regular council meeting to request the conveyance of tax-forfeited parcels along North Lake Irvine.

The EDA also will meet in a closed session to develop or consider offers or counter-offers for the purchase of property.