Memorial Day fireworks proposal for Bemidji’s 125th rejected

A proposal for the city to sponsor fireworks this Memorial Day did not reach consensus during the Bemidji City Council meeting. The display, in celebration of Bemidji’s quasquicentennial, would have set the city back about $7,500.

Ward 2’s Josh Peterson proposed the idea for a land-launch at the recently refinished Nymore Beach.

Nancy Erickson, whose Ward 5 encompasses Nymore Beach, was strongly against the idea for a number of reasons, including the solemnity around Memorial Day.

Ward 4’s Emelie Rivera reminded the council that people have dwelled in these lands for far longer than 125 years.

The council may consider using some contingency dollars toward the Bemidji Jaycees’ Fourth of July fireworks display at a later council meeting.

In other business, the council approved drafting a memorandum of understanding with Visit Bemidji so the city could help staff the Tourist Information Center this summer. Staffing and up to $15,000 in funding would come from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

That passed unanimously with one abstention, which was Peterson who works at Visit Bemidji.

The council also awarded a bid to finish out the city’s alley paving project, which City Engineer Craig Gray says will be complete after this summer, save for a few alleys that have jurisdictional issues.

The city is attempting to move away from gravel roads within city limits to save on stormwater cleanup costs.

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