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Bemidji City Council to hold public hearing on ward redistricting

Also on the agenda is a summary of review of City Manager Nate Mathews and a report by the Public Arts Commission.

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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji City Council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance establishing new ward boundaries during its regular session on April 4.

Originally brought before the council on March 7, the decision was made to table the discussion of redistricting for further consideration . This allowed for more options to be presented, but it has also delayed the city’s decision until past the state deadline.

After deciding on a specific map of new boundaries, the city council moved forward with the process and held the first reading of an ordinance on March 21 .

The second reading of the ordinance will be held tonight, along with a public hearing that allows for input from community members on the process.

The meeting will also include a summary of City Manager Nate Mathews’ review, which was conducted during a closed meeting of the city council on March 28.

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The Public Arts Commission will also provide a report to the city council, and there will be another public hearing for an MS4 Permit regarding the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program.

This permit, which is part of a program managed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, would create a separate storm sewer system to reduce the amount of pollution entering bodies of water through storm runoff in urban areas.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. tonight, April 4, at City Hall. The meeting can also be viewed on the city's website, www.ci.bemidji.mn.us.

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