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

BEMIDJI – Bemidji City Council will receive updates during a working session this evening on the design elements to be included in the next phase of the city’s water treatment facility and the progress of Sanford’s new center management transition.

During the meeting, the board will review the progress made in the design of the upcoming new additions to the water treatment plant located near the Bemidji Regional Airport. 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 be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight, January 24, at City Hall.

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