00-0293R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF UP TO $175,000 FROM THE OFFICE OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, TO OPERATE THE FEDERAL WEED AND SEED PROJECT IN THE CENTRAL HILLSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are hereby authorized to accept a grant from the U.S. department of justice in the amount of $175,000 for project year July 1, 1999, to June 30, 2000, for the operation of the Central Hillside weed and seed project. All grant funds will be deposited in Fund 215, Agency 200, Org. 2441, Revenue Source 4210.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to execute such agreements as necessary to implement the project on behalf of the police department.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The city of Duluth, through the director of finance and the police department, is the fiscal agent for the Central Hillside weed and seed project. This money will be used to coordinate a safe haven centered at Washington Center. The safe haven will provide a place where residents will have access to a variety of services including youth activities and family support programs. Partners in the safe haven project include Family Resource Center, Neighborhood Youth Services, Center for American Indian Resources, Community Police, Parks and Recreation and neighborhood groups. Funding will be used to provide a grant coordinator, as well as other funding for the safe haven project. In addition, the weed and seed project will continue to empower the residents of the community to make changes by recruiting block club captains and involving more community residents in the weed and seed subcommittee activities, focusing on community and economic revitalization, law enforcement and prevention and intervention. The reason this resolution is being processed midway through the grant period is that necessary paperwork was delayed at other levels of government beyond the control of the city.