Bemidji City Council agendas for Tuesday meetings include discussion on mayoral term issue

The Bemidji City Council will now take up the mayoral term issue after their regular meeting tonight.

With similar language found on the Bemidji Charter Commission‘s agenda, the council will hold a special council meeting and may close a portion of the meeting to discuss “potential or threatened litigation” in regards to whether Bemidji Mayor Jorge Prince’s mayoral term is four years as of 2020, or if he’ll have to run for another two-year term this year.

Voters responded to a ballot question in 2020 if the mayoral term should go from two years to four years and that it will coincide with presidential election years.

Last week, the Charter Commission voted to do nothing to further clarify the ballot question.

During the regular council meeting, Mayor Prince will give his first state of the city address.

The council will also hold the final readings on a group of ordinances on outdoor dining, hear presentations from Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin and the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, and consider allocating unrestricted liquor store funds to a remodel at the Tourist Information Center.

The meetings begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall.


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