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BEMIDJI CITY COUNCIL

The council heard a report on what to consider for next year’s budget during its May 23 meeting, including ongoing maintenance and staffing questions and the rising cost of inflation.
During its May 23 session, the Bemidji City Council will review possible adjustments to the city’s budget for 2023.
The council heard cost estimates for cleanup and infrastructure upgrades, as well as financing options, in a session on May 17.
The council also approved a project to repair the plaza in front of the Paul and Babe statues.

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Four-year terms for Ward 2, Ward 4 and the At-Large position on the council will be up for grabs this election season with terms beginning Jan. 3, 2023.
The Bemidji City Council heard a report from rental inspector Ben Hein during its session on Monday, May 16, on the Ridgeway apartment located at 2830 Ridgeway Ave. NW and its deteriorating and unsafe conditions.
In its May 16 meeting, the Bemidji City Council will consider applications for outdoor dining from Bar 209, That Alien Pizza Place and Keg N’ Cork.
As a part of an ongoing review of the city’s rental ordinance, the Bemidji City Council discussed the Three Strike Policy, landlord notifications and other aspects of the rental code during its meeting on Monday, May 9.
The Bemidji city council will hear from the Public Affairs Committee on the progress of reviewing rental codes during its May 9 work session.
The council also began considering options for City Hall following flood damage, including the possibility of constructing a new building.

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In addition to awarding a quote for the remodel of the Tourist Information Center, the council will also discuss whether to pursue remodeling City Hall after flooding in the basement.
In a contentious meeting on Monday night, the Bemidji City Council voted to reject, before reconsidering and adopting, a map for redistricting the city’s wards.
The final reading of an ordinance for new city ward boundaries is scheduled for the council meeting on Monday, April 18.

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