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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF DULUTH AND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 709 FOR THE RELOCATION OF A 36 INCH WATER MAIN BENEATH ORDEAN ATHLETIC FIELD WITH THE CITY'S SHARE OF THE COST ESTIMATED AT $110,000.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are hereby authorized and directed to execute an agreement with ISD No. 709, filed as Public Document No. _____________________, for the relocation of a 36 inch water main lying beneath the Ordean athletic field, with the city's share of the relocation costs estimated to be $110,000 to be paid from Dept. 900, Fund 510, Org. 0505, Object 5533.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: ISD No. 709 presently is implementing a planned project to improve outdoor athletic facilities and fields at Ordean Junior High. The plan calls for placing approximately 10 feet of new soil on the athletic field. The city has a primary 36-inch water main running under the athletic field. The city constructed the water main under the field in the mid 1920's when the city owned the land. City utility engineers are concerned that the added weight of the soil may be detrimental to the main. They are even more concerned over the prospect of having to maintain the main in case of failure because the main would be over 20 feet beneath the finished grade of the field. The school district is concerned that a maintenance excavation of the main would damage their project and render the athletic facilities unusable for an extended period of time. The legal status of the main is uncertain because when the city sold the land to the school district in 1954, it did not dedicate and record an easement for the main. Because of all of these factors, the parties have agreed that it would be best for both parties if the main was relocated as a part of the school district's project with the relocation costs being shared equally by the city and the district. The city will benefit because it will have a newly constructed main to replace one that is over 70 years old, and it will be in place where it can be readily maintained and there will be a dedicated and recorded easement for the main. The school district will benefit because they will not have a "time bomb" under their new athletic facilities project. To pay for the city's share of the project, the water utility will defer and reschedule two capital improvement projects to 2001.