00-0632R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A FIVE YEAR LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH THE SPIRIT MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA AUTHORITY FOR CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A SOCCER FACILITY.

BY COUNCILOR NESS:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into a five year license agreement, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ______________________, with the Spirit Mountain recreation area authority authorizing the city to construct and operate a soccer facility on authority-controlled property adjacent to Grand Avenue, for nominal consideration.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to authorize the city to construct and operate a soccer facility on authority-controlled property adjacent to Grand Avenue(the project).

At the present time, there is a significant need for amateur soccer facilities in the western part of Duluth which is not being met. The youth soccer association has approached the city and Spirit Mountain to seek their cooperation in constructing a soccer field on Spirit Mountain property along Grand Avenue at the base of ski facility.

The Spirit Mountain board has agreed to make a minimum five-year commitment to allow the land to be used for this purpose with the understanding that the city will be responsible for the construction and operation of the facility, including the costs of construction, any necessary permitting and the costs of operation. The city, in turn, would look to the soccer association and to grant funds to pay for the costs of construction and to the association for assistance in the operation of the facility.

The agreement is for a minimum term of five years and will continue on a year-to-year basis thereafter, subject to the rights of either party to terminate it.