Northern Townships announces intent to leave Joint Planning Board

Northern Township announced its intention to withdraw from the Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board.

Township Chair Jess Frenzel said he wanted the township to continue having an amicable relationship with the city, and that the town board would also be open to working on mutually agreed upon terms to continue joint planning.

In the letter distributed at the joint meeting with the Bemidji City Council Monday, the township announced their intent to withdraw from the JPB on Dec. 31, 2024.

Northern Township officials also briefed the council on their submitted state bonding requests to fund water and sewer service extensions to Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge without city annexation, with Mayor Jorge Prince adding he would like to see details before making promises that may burden city taxpayers.

Discussions on a cooperative agreement for municipal service extension will likely continue before the end of the year.


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