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Beltrami County Board to consider short-term rental ordinance, discuss lawsuit

County commissioners will hold two meetings on Tuesday, May 17, a closed session at 2 p.m. and its regular session at 5 p.m.

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BEMIDJI — The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners will be holding a closed session during the afternoon on May 17 to discuss a pending lawsuit before its regular session at 5 p.m.

The lawsuit, which was filed by District 5 County Commissioner Jim Lucachick along with 30 other individuals, is in reference to the map chosen by the county board during its recent redistricting process.

The plaintiffs allege that the chosen map does not meet the standards set by the state for redistricting and that it engages in gerrymandering. A hearing for the case has yet to be scheduled.

Decided in a 3-2 decision, Beltrami County now has new legislative districts.

During the board’s regular session, commissioners are set to discuss the proposed short-term rental ordinance that would regulate and create a permitting process for the business type.

The ordinance would also create a complaint system for neighbors of short-term rentals, and if a rental received a certain number of strikes, consequences could involve the revocation of its permit.

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The regular meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 5 p.m. tonight, May 17, at the County Administration Building in Bemidji.

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