Bemidji City Council to Hear Update on Water Treatment Plant Design, Sanford Center Transition Committee

January 24—BEMIDJI — The

Bemidji Town Hall

will receive updates during a working session tonight on design elements to be included in the next phase of the city’s water treatment facility and the progress of Sanford Center’s new management transition .

During the meeting, the board will review the progress made in the design of the new additions to come.

the wastewater treatment plant located near the regional airport of Bemidji

. The processing plant is entering phase 2 of its design, following the completion of phase 1, which is expected next month.

Architectural renderings of the proposed building and landscape additions include two options for the building’s exterior design, as well as garden and lawn details specifically for bees and other pollinators.

According to City Engineer Craig Gray, $10.2 million in state bond funds will be used for the

construction of the project, but the city anticipates that some funding will come from the city’s water utility fund. Bids are expected to be opened in May and presented to the board on June 6. Construction would then begin in July.

Also on the agenda is an update on the Sanford Center Transition Committee. This report comes following the termination of the contract with VenuWorks in September 2021 and the new contract with Convention, Sports, and Leisure International to support the leadership transition.

VenuWorks, an Iowa-based company, had previously been contracted to manage the event center through 2024, but is now expected to wrap up in March 2022.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. tonight, January 24, at City Hall.

Leon E. Hill