City Council approves 2020 street renewal project, homeowner renovation assistance grant

In addition to setting a date for a Ward 2 special election last Monday, the Bemidji City Council approved other items.

The 2020 Street Renewal Project was approved after a public hearing.

The annual street renewal projects are paid for with a street tax levy, utility funds and assessments and this year, will reconstruct almost a mile and a half of city streets.

The council also approved an application to the Minnesota Small Cities Development Program, which involves grant dollars for homeowner rehabilitation in Bemidji’s “old town,” described as being from 8th to 15th Streets and from Irvine to Norton Avenues.

If the application is approved, this would be the 10th time the city has been awarded these grant dollars.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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