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Bemidji looks at BSU neighborhood parking plan

BEMIDJI - In an effort to alleviate on-street parking for homeowners and renters near Bemidji State University, the city plans to draft a proposal requiring permits.

The proposed permit area encompasses on-street parking from Birchmont Drive to Bemidji Avenue and 10th to 17th streets northwest.

"We picked this area because it has the most area for opportunity," said John Chattin, city manager. "Those streets are jammed... it's an absolute mess."

Currently, city ordinance allows for council members to designate a parking permit area, but the neighborhood near BSU would be an experiment.

"If you don't live there, you can't park there," Chattin said Wednesday. "You have to try it and see how it works."

Among the proposal's ideas"

- Permits would be available for $30 per year only to neighborhood residents - homeowners and renters - and issued for one year, between Aug. 1 to July 31

- A maximum of 112 permits would be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis

- Parking restrictions would be enforced between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays

Read the full story Thursday in The Pioneer.

Steve Wagner

Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.

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