Council awards bid for Third Street gateway
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council awarded a bid for construction services on a downtown gateway arch project Monday.
In a 4-2 vote, the council awarded a $82,900 bid with an add alternate of $3,000 to Kraus Anderson Construction. Voting in favor were Mayor Rita Albrecht, Ward 1 Councilor Michael Meehlhause, Ward 3 Councilor Ron Johnson and at-large councilmember Dave Larson while Ward 2 Councilor Roger Hellquist and Ward 5 Councilor Nancy Erickson were opposed.
The arch, designed to go above Third Street Northwest at the intersection of Bemidji Avenue, is a joint effort between the city and the Bemidji Downtown Alliance. In total, when accounting for other costs associated with the project, the gateway arch comes to $95,600.
Initially, the city had committed $40,000 to the project. However, last Monday, the council approved increasing the commitment to $45,000.For the additional $5,000, the council chose to draw money from the Community Development Fund.
The BDA, meanwhile, assumed the responsibility to cover the rest of the cost to meet the $95,600 price. The organization had already gathered $42,430 and at its own meeting last Wednesday, chose to raise an additional $8,170.
The project is estimated to be completed this summer.