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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT WITH DULUTH FORD LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FOR THE PROVIDING OF IMPROVED WATER SERVICE TO A BUILDING FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE WARDS AUTOMOTIVE CENTER BUILDING.
BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are authorized and directed to execute the agreement filed as Public Document No. _____________ with Duluth Ford Limited Liability Company for the installation of a new water service near a building formerly known as the Wards automotive building in the Miller Hill Mall complex.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Northstar Ford is seeking to obtain a building permit to expand the former Wards automotive center building in the Miller Hill Mall complex to house its automotive sales operations. The fire marshal has determined that the building's present water supply is inadequate to provide required fire flows for the new addition. There are two possible sources of increased water flow and pressure for the building. One is from the water project at Trinity Road and Central Entrance for the Opus site and the other is a main across Central Entrance. Both of these sources originate at our Highland reservoir and have adequate supplies. Getting water from the Trinity Road-Central Entrance project is contingent on a construction timetable for the Opus project and MnDot's construction schedule for renovation of the intersection of Central Entrance and Trinity Road. Securing water from across Central Entrance involves horizontally boring under and across Central Entrance. This agreement, which is approved by the fire marshal, allows Northstar Ford to get their building permit and complete construction of the addition now. On October 15, 2000, the city shall select which water source shall be extended to the building and the main extension shall be built either as a private project by Northstar or by the city as an assessable project. The water main shall be completed and operational by October 1, 2001. There is also a provision that if the Miller Hill Mall complex is connected to the Opus water project, which would result in adequate fire flows through existing lines, Northstar does not have to complete either of the alternatives. This agreement benefits both parties because it provides for immediate construction of the addition to meet Northstar's needs and also provides the city a guarantee of adequate fire flow to the building.