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Bemidji City Council: Hearing on revolving loan request on agenda

BEMIDJI — A public hearing regarding a revolving loan fund request will be on the Bemidji City Council agenda Monday night.

The loan to the developers of the Country Inn and Suites connected to the Sanford Center constitutes a business subsidy under city policy because of the amount and the fact that its interest rate is below commercial market rates. That policy triggers a public hearing, according to a memo from city attorney Al Felix.

The $400,000 proposed gap financing loan would be to construct the connection between the Sanford Center and the hotel. Developers are working to line up their finances before shovels go in the ground.

Water treatment project

The council will also consider authorizing city engineer Craig Gray to begin the design and bidding process for a project at the water treatment facility.

The project, which is estimated to cost about $520,000, will include bring the existing water treatment facility up to code, including making it more energy efficient. Another component would be two construct a small treatment building on the north side of the city’s well field.

The five-year capital improvement plan includes $500,000 for the project. Gray wrote in a memo to the council that they will try to get the cost below that number.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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