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BEMIDJI - A meeting is planned Monday evening to discuss the proposed parking permit system for neighborhoods around Bemidji State University.

Kevin Waldhausen, Ward 1 Bemidji city councilor, will host the forum from 6:30-8 p.m. at City Hall.

The city proposes to offer 112 on-street permits, for $30 each, to residents between Birchmont Drive and Bemidji Avenue, and 10th to 17th streets northwest.

Permits would be available, based on the current proposal, on a first-come, first-serve basis for residents.

The proposal aims to force nonresidents - mainly BSU students and faculty - to park on campus and alleviate issues like blocked driveways, vehicles on lawns and residents walking blocks to reach their homes.

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

The forum, Waldhausen said, will be a chance for residents and students to ask questions and discuss the proposal.

Waldhausen, who was not on the parking permit committee, said he has heard from residents who are uncomfortable with the proposal and also from students, through social media, who are confused by it.

"I'm not comfortable passing a resolution if I haven't heard from the residents in the affected areas enough," Waldhausen said.