Council makes moves to review rental code

The Bemidji City Council met to discuss the formation of a committee to review the city’s rental code.

City Attorney Al Felix was on hand during the work session, and as he has been with the city for a number of decades, advised, between puns, that the process involves many moving parts.

Since the rental code includes a Crime Free Housing initiative, the Bemidji Police Department has some level of involvement, as does the Bemidji Fire Department, for burning rules around rentals, the JPB, for zoning regulations and parking, as well as more obvious stakeholders such as landlords and tenants.

Three council members will likely be voted onto the “Ad Hoc Rental Committee II” during the next regular council meeting.

Consensus was reached to add Ward 4’s Emelie Rivera, Ward 5’s Nancy Erickson and At-Large member Dan Jourdain to the new committee.

The city’s rental code was last significantly amended in 2011, and can be found on the city’s website or in the city work session packet.


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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