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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 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.
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.
A three-day planning process on the exterior design of the events center kicks off tonight at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Members of the design committee for the events center will meet with five architects from Leo A. Daly from 6-8 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday to discuss design plans for the facility. Architects will work at the hotel during the week to prepare preliminary designs based on the input of committee members. The meeting Thursday night will be a special City Council meeting.
Whether Bemidji constructs an events center, convention center or both, having a hotel located next door is critical to the project's success, city officials said Monday. Councilors unanimously voted Monday evening to hire Bill Krueger from Conventions, Sports and Leisure to lead the city in an effort to recruit a hotel developer to complement the planned events center. While Bemidji awaits word on the fate of the Legislature's bonding bill, which includes $20 million in funding for the project, city officials noted that Gov.
John William Hillman, 33, of Nevis, has been ordered to remain in Itasca County Jail without bond. Hillman appeared in Itasca County District Court Monday in reference to a probation violation, according to Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar. Hillman is accused of violating his probation associated with previous conviction of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.