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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.

Matthew Liedke

Matthew Liedke is the city, county and state government reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He also covers business, politics and financial news.

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