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Joint Planning Board: Another 30 days given to Bemidji Iron & Recycling

The Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board has given Bemidji Iron & Recycling an additional month to clean up its business.

Bemidji Iron & recycling, located in Northern Township along Bemidji Avenue North (old Highway 71), operates under a Conditional Use Permit that requires an annual review.

During an annual inspection, Mel Milender, the planning administrator with the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning office, found violations of the CUP.

He presented the case to the JPB for discussion and possible action Wednesday evening.

The JPB voted 7-1 to allow Bemidji Iron & Recycling one more month - until Sept. 11 - to meet all conditions of the CUP.

"If it doesn't comply in 30 days, then they're shut down," said JPB member Roger Hellquist, who made the motion.

Bemidji Iron & Recycling has been in business since 1991. Its CUP was suspected briefly in 2007. In 2008, violations again prompted discussion, but no disciplinary action was taken.

This week, the JPB gave the business another month to ensure that all conditions of the CUP are met.

Milender said he would again inspect the business after Sept. 11. However, if the conditions are not all met at that time, it would not be shut down immediately. Milender must first get board approval for such an action. The first regular JPB meeting after the Sept. 11 deadline would be Oct. 13.