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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING 25 YEAR LEASE TO THE DNR OF PROPERTY ADJACENT TO CONGDON BOULEVARD FOR THE MCQUADE ROAD SAFE HARBOR PROJECT.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into a 25 year lease, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ___________________, with the state of Minnesota department of natural resources leasing to the state, for nominal consideration, property on Lake Superior at the intersection of McQuade Road and Condgon Boulevard for the McQuade Road safe harbor project.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to authorize the leasing of approximately 6.3 acres of city-owned property on Lake Superior at the intersection of McQuade Road and Condgon Boulevard to the state of Minnesota for the McQuade Road safe harbor project (the project).

The project has been under consideration and development for nearly ten years and has been a cooperative effort involving not only the state DNR but also St. Louis County, and the townships of Duluth and Lakewood. In addition the U.S. Army corps of engineers and the Lake Superior Trollers Association have been deeply involved. Since 1996, the city has been part of a joint powers board, created by agreement, with the county and the townships to further development of the project. In addition, the city council has on several occasions voiced its support of the project by various resolutions.

The project, as shown on the drawings, will consist of boat launch and recovery facilities, parking facilities for approximately 93 vehicles with trailers and 37 single spaces for visitors and handicapped, temporary dockage for boats entering and leaving the facility, restrooms, a picnic area, walking paths and other similar amenities. No facilities will be provided for camping or marina usage and those uses are to be prohibited. Congdon Boulevard, which otherwise runs through the project area, will be slightly modified to go around the south and west perimeters of the water-side facilities and the flow of traffic through the area should be basically unaffected.

The DNR and the members of the joint powers board, both in their capacity as board members and as representative of their own communities, have met extensively with persons owning property in the area or affected by the project and the project has their general, if not total, support.

The project has reached the point where the state, as the lead agency in constructing and operating the project, must have control of the land needed to implement it. Under the lease the state assumes all responsibility for the construction and maintenance of the project. They further agree to assume all liability arising out of the acts or omissions of its agents and employees and that the city's liability would be limited to that of a property owner who allows its property to be used for public recreational purposes.