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Bemidji City Council to award bid for Phase 2 of Water Treatment Plant

The Bemidji City Council is scheduled to award a bid for Phase 2 of the Water Treatment Plant project during its Tuesday, July 5, session. The bid is expected to be awarded to Rice Lake Contracting in the amount of $14,198,200, the lowest of three bids that were submitted to the city.

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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council is scheduled to award a bid for Phase 2 of the Water Treatment Plant project during its Tuesday, July 5, session.

The bid is expected to be awarded to Rice Lake Contracting in the amount of $14,198,200, the lowest of three bids that were submitted to the city.

A project meant to address concerns over chemical contamination, the first phase of the new treatment plant successfully removes PFAS chemicals from the city’s water supply. The second phase is meant to increase the plant’s treatment capacity to 3.6 million gallons per day.

The city council is also expected to discuss a new board to oversee the Sanford Center, replacing the former Sanford Center Board of Directors.

The Sanford Center Transition Committee, which has managed the transition to the center’s new management company ASM Global, has created a recommendation for a new Sanford Center Advisory Board.

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This board would be smaller than the previous board of directors and would include members of the city council and staff, two city residents and representatives of different groups like Visit Bemidji and the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce.

The change would also come with an adjustment of the board’s bylaws, which the council is also set to review.

Two other topics are also on the city council’s agenda. One is a request for funding by the Freedom Defenders Veterans Memorial Board for a memorial sign, which is set to cost $49,700. The other is a request by the Bemidji Curling Club to extend its lease with the city.

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