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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PROPER CITY OFFICIALS TO SUBMIT, AND ACCEPT IF AWARDED, AN APPLICATION OF GRANT FUNDS FROM THE COASTAL MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM IN AN AMOUNT OF $31,500 AND OBLIGATE CITY SHARE OF $13,500.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

WHEREAS, the environmental advisory council has created the natural resources inventory committee which has developed a work plan for an environmental resources inventory for the city of Duluth in preparation for the creation of a comprehensive land use plan; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth is in the process of selecting a consultant to begin the process of developing the land use plan; and

WHEREAS, it is critical for natural resources information to be a basic data source for the plan; and

WHEREAS, the State of Minnesota, through the Minnesota department of natural resources, division of waters, administers financial assistance for coastal management purposes, through Minnesota's Lake Superior coastal program; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth desires financial assistance from the coastal management assistance program for the purpose of updating the wetlands inventory in the city.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to prepare and submit a grant application with the Minnesota department of natural resources in an amount of $31,500 federal share funding (70 percent).

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth does agree, upon the offer the grant, to obligate the $13,500 from Fund 100, Org. 020, Obj. 1202 local share funding (30 percent) required to satisfactorily complete the proposed project and become eligible under the terms and conditions of the coastal management assistance grant program. Such funds shall be deposited into from Fund 100, Ag. 020, Org. 1202, Obj. 4230.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Two years ago the environmental advisory council adopted the development of a natural resources inventory as one of their top priority activities. The natural resources inventory committee was formed consisting of representatives of other city departments, state and federal agencies, the University of Minnesota, environmental organizations and interested citizens. The University of Minnesota-NRRRI staff evaluation of the existing inventory suggests that one component in need of updating is the wetlands inventory estimated to cost $45,000 which includes acquiring DNR 1997 infra-red aerial photographs of the city. This is an attractive grant in that it provides 70 percent of the funding with a 30 percent local match. DNR reviewed this proposal in a pre-application and determined that it fits the criteria of the coastal management assistance.