Preview of the Beltrami County Board meetings today

The Beltrami County Board of Commissioners and the Bemidji City Council are planning a joint meeting.

According to a county board memo from new administrator Tom Barry, potential items for discussion include dispersing potential opioid lawsuit funds, COVID-19 response, the upcoming Behavioral Health Crisis Center, and the jail project.

The two local government units have not met together in nearly two years.

The city council makeup has since largely changed, with a new mayor and three new council members.

The county board is scheduled to discuss other potential joint meeting topics during their work session this afternoon.

Other items on the County Board’s agenda include:

  • The transition plan for the Veterans Services Officer position. Current Veterans Services Officer Scotty Allison plans to retire no later than in 2022, and due to the regulatory process behind the position, the county board will need to soon begin the hiring process of Allison’s replacement.
  • Aurora Waaskone Charter School Lease. The charter school serves grades K-8 and has been occupying a section of the main level of the Community Services Building. The current lease is set to expire in June, and the school wishes to lease for another three-year term.
  • The Mississippi River One Watershed, One Plan review period. This draft plan can be found at and is in an informal review period through Feb. 26.

The meetings will begin this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. and will be live-streamed onto the county’s YouTube channel.


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