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Grand Forks council to take up zoning, refund to nonprofits at meeting tonight

The Grand Forks City Council will consider zoning issues and a refund to nonprofit cemeteries among other issues at its meeting at 5:30 tonight in City Hall.

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The Grand Forks City Council will consider zoning issues and a refund to nonprofit cemeteries among other issues at its meeting at 5:30 tonight in City Hall.

One of the land-use ordinances up for approval is an annexation of land for the construction of a Staybridge Suites hotel at South 42nd Street and 11th Avenue South. Two others would rezone land at 36th Avenue South to build four apartment buildings with 72 total units and to construct a three-plex at 36th Avenue South and 16th Street.

The council's agenda includes the refund of $41,000 in special assessments collected from nine nonprofit cemeteries to pay for flood protection projects. The refunds are necessary after a court opinion stated that they were illegal. The total amount assessed to the cemeteries was $188,054 in revenue the city will not receive, according to the city Finance Department.

The Public Works Department is also requesting an extension of its contract with the city's recycling company, Waste Management Inc., for one year to allow more time to study its recycling services and gather information from residents. The city pays $2.33 a month for each residential unit and $1.19 for each participating apartment.

Council members will vote on recommendations for committee appointments. Cory Mock and Brian Schill received recommendations to serve on the Library Board; Beverly Bredemeier is up for reappointment to the Civil Service Commission; and Doug Herzog and Paul Holje are recommended for new terms on the Downtown Design Review Board.

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Council members will also act on the city's 2012 special events budget of $121,821.

Related Topics: GRAND FORKS CITY COUNCIL
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