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Bemidji councilors nix parking proposal

BEMIDJI - The city is stepping away from a proposal for permit parking in the neighborhood bordering Bemidji State University.

Instead, the Bemidji City Council has ordered that the neighborhood's curbs leading up to alleyways and intersections be freshly painted and that signs be erected in advance of intersections stating clearly that no parking is allowed between that location and the corner of the intersection.

"As a council member I'd like to see that right away," said Greg Negard, who made the motion Monday night. "Let's get something started."

The council also left open the possibility of hiring a full-time parking enforcement officer for the Bemidji Police Department. The feasibility of that idea is expected to be explored next Monday during a budget work session at City Hall.

Read more Tuesday in the Pioneer.