BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING A GRANT
OF UP TO $50,000 FROM THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ASSET FORFEITURE
FUND AS REIMBURSEMENT FOR DULUTH POLICE OVERTIME AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE
PERIOD OF JULY 1, 1999, TO JUNE 30, 2000.
RESOLVED, that the city is
hereby authorized to accept grant monies of up to $50,000 from the United
States department of justice for expenditures related to the Central Hillside
task force program.
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.
All reimbursements are to be deposited in Duluth police grant programs,
Fund 215, Police Department Agency 200, Organization 2448, Revenue Source
OF PURPOSE: The Central Hillside policing efforts are
directed at combating robbery, drug and gang activity in Duluth's Central
Hillside neighborhood. In addition to coordinating intra-agency efforts
of neighborhood officers, drug and gang units, this initiative will include
joint law enforcement efforts between the Duluth police department, FBI,
DEA, and the U.S. attorney's office for the Minnesota district. The
efforts of the task force will be directed toward identifying perpetrators
of robbery, drug and gang activity through decoy operations, intensified
enforcement and comprehensive, coordinated application of intelligence
information. Asset forfeiture funds are available only to areas recognized
by the United States department of justice as official federal weed and
seed sites. The Central Hillside is an official federal weed and
seed site. These funds are made available to official weed and seed
sites, receiving federal weed and seed grant monies, on a yearly basis.
It is up to the site to apply for the funds annually if they are interested
in receiving the funds. There is not a matching fund requirement
to receive asset forfeiture funds. This grant is from federal fiscal
year 1999. It is being processed at this time because the paperwork
was late from other governmental agencies.