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Two events are planned this spring to help "green up" the city. Bemidji GreenUp is hosting a 1,000-tree giveaway this month and also plans to simultaneously plant 150 trees May 17 in celebration of Minnesota's sesquicentennial. "Both are exciting projects," said Nancy Erickson, a Bemidji city councilor and member of Bemidji GreenUp. Free seedlings will be available to city residents the afternoon of April 24 and all day Arbor Day, April 25, at Bemidji City Hall. Those who do not live within the city's limits are encouraged to stop by and see if there are trees available.
An upcoming council meeting dedicated to a discussion about the city's moratorium on contributions to nonprofit organizations seems to be coming at a good time. The Boys & Girls Club last month asked the city for a $10,000 donation toward operations expenses. And on Monday, the Bemidji Senior Center asked for a contribution, but didn't specify an amount. "Even a thousand bucks a year would help us," said Ann Daley, representing the Senior Center. During her presentation to the City Council on Monday, Daley said the Senior Center is projecting $72,000 in revenue for 2008 and $85,000 in expe
Among notable action taken at the Bemidji City Council meeting Monday: Bemidji Senior Center Ann Daly with the Senior Center made a presentation to the City Council and asked councilors to consider a monetary donation to help defer operating costs at the Senior Center. ACTION: Not action was taken. Mayor Richard Lehmann told Daly that the council was set to discuss its moratorium on donations to nonprofits during its Monday work session. K-A Walleye Classic Bob Fitzgerald, representing the Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic, outlined plans for the June 14 event.
The celebration began moments after Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the bonding bill. "This is a great day for Bemidji," said Bemidji City Councilor Ron Johnson. "This is a great thing for the city of Bemidji and Bemidji State University." While trimming more than $200 million from the Legislature's bonding bill, Pawlenty kept in place $20 million for Bemidji's events center.
While the environmental enhancements caused by utility improvements along Birchmont Drive are certainly noteworthy, City Attorney Al Felix said the project is really about the residents. "You can't forget this is a people issue," he said. He reminded the council that it allowed for a system under which township residents who will be annexed into the city could still approach the City Council with petitions in favor of local projects. A sewer and water extension project was initiated after residents presented a petition to the Bemidji City Council in February 2005.
The Bemidji City Council debated the cost of the events center Monday as the project lost the support of Nancy Erickson. Erickson read a statement in which she said the events center was placing her personal integrity and level of public trust in jeopardy. "The events center project has become a financial nightmare," she said.
If the Birchmont Drive project is to proceed, the Bemidji City Council will have to award the bid during Monday's meeting. The Northern Township Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on March 24 to approve the planned project that will expand utilities and reconstruct the roadway. Its recommendation was forwarded to the Bemidji City Council, which must award the bid on April 7 or they expire. The project affects both government entities as Northern Township is the local government unit that would call for the work, and the Bemidji City Council is the assessing unit. There are 216 parcels that wil
His goal has always been to keep Lake Bemidji clean. But now, after 35 years with the city of Bemidji, Tim Whiting, the superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Facility, is preparing for retirement. Officially, it will be 34 years and 11 months when he retires on May 2, Whiting noted. "The most satisfying thing is that I've worked to keep the lake clean," Whiting said. "That was always my first priority." Whiting, who was born in Bemidji, joined the city's workforce after graduating from Bemidji High School in 1970.
While the Bemidji City Council agreed that schematics depicted a beautiful building, it was split when deciding whether to give architects the OK to continue with their events center plans. On a 5-2 vote, councilors directed the design team Thursday night to continue refining preliminary plans and determine the costs of events center design options.
BEMIDJI -- A three-night planning process on the exterior design of the Bemidji events center will culminate tonight with a special City Council meeting. Architects from Leo A. Daly this week have presented potential designs to councilors and members of a design committee for the facility. Those concepts have been reworked during the week to include officials' preferences. They will, again, be tweaked today in preparation for tonight's meeting based on comments made during Wednesday's session.