Bemidji City Council to hear update on water treatment plant design, Sanford Center transition committee

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Jan. 24—BEMIDJI — The

Bemidji City Council

will receive updates during a work session tonight on design elements to be included in the next phase of the city's water treatment facility and the progress of Sanford Center's new management transition.

During the meeting, the council will review the progress made in the design of new additions coming to

the water treatment plant located near the Bemidji Regional Airport

. The treatment plant is entering Phase 2 of its design, following the completion of Phase 1, which is anticipated next month.

Architectural renderings of the proposed building and landscape additions include two options for the exterior design of the building, along with details of gardens and lawns specifically catered to bees and other pollinators.

According to City Engineer Craig Gray, $10.2 million of state bond funds will be used toward the

construction of the project, but the city anticipates a portion of the funding to come from the city's water utility fund. Bids are planned to open in May and be presented to the council on June 6. Construction would then begin in July.

Also on the agenda is an update on the Sanford Center Transition Committee. This report comes after the termination of the contract with VenuWorks in September 2021 and the new contract with Convention, Sports, and Leisure International to assist with the transition of management.

VenuWorks, an Iowa-based company, had previously been signed on to manage the event center until 2024 but is now set to finish in March 2022.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 24, at City Hall.