00-0231R

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO MINNESOTA'S LAKE SUPERIOR COASTAL PROGRAM FOR MATCHING FUNDS TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF THE FORMER U.S. NAVAL RESERVE PROPERTY.

BY COUNCILOR NESS:

WHEREAS, the state of 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 under the coastal management assistance grant program;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, as follows:

(a)  That the Duluth City Council approves of and supports the city administration in filing an application to Minnesota's Lake Superior coastal management program for financial assistance toward the purchase of the former U.S. Naval Reserve property on Park Point;

(b)  That the proper city officers are hereby authorized and directed to execute and file an application with the Minnesota department of natural resources and to provide all information and documentation as required to become eligible for possible funding assistance;

(c)  That the city of Duluth does agree to obligate the funds required to satisfactorily complete the proposed land acquisition and become eligible for reimbursement under the terms and conditions of the coastal management assistance grant program.  Matching funds to come from the city's Capital Improvement Fund 450.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes and supports the city's application to Minnesota's Lake Superior coastal management program for matching funds to be used toward the purchase of the former U.S. Naval Reserve site on Park Point.  The Naval Reserve site, located between 13th and 14th Streets on St. Louis Avenue, is available for sale from the state of Minnesota, department of military affairs.  The city desires to acquire ownership of this property for public use and to develop boat launching and community based water recreation opportunities.