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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PROPER CITY OFFICIALS TO ACCEPT A UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA NORTHEAST REGION SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP GRANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $13,000 TO CONDUCT A NATURAL RESOURCES PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS AND VALUES SURVEY TO BE USED IN THE NATURAL RESOURCES INVENTORY.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

WHEREAS, the city council has created the environmental advisory council to advise them on matters regarding natural resource protection and enhancement; and

WHEREAS, the environmental advisory council has created the natural resources inventory committee that has developed a work plan for assembling an inventory of natural resources for use by the city of Duluth in preparation of the comprehensive plan; and

WHEREAS, the natural resources inventory committee has submitted an application to the University of Minnesota Northeast Region Sustainable Development Partnership board of directors for funding to undertake a natural resources public perceptions and values survey, and that board has offered to fund this project.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to accept a grant in the amount of $13,000 from the University of Minnesota, Northeast Region Sustainable Development Partnership, which shall be used to complete a natural resources public perception and values survey, to be deposited in Fund 210, Agency 030, Org. 2176, Source 4259.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes the proper city officials to accept a grant in the amount of $13,000 from the University of Minnesota, Northeast Region Sustainable Development Partnership. The environmental advisory council (EAC) has established a natural resources inventory (NRI) committee to work with other citizens and the city to assemble a natural resources inventory. This inventory will be used by the EAC, the city, and others in making fact-based decisions about land use petitions and natural resource protection. The inventory will serve as an important data set used in crafting the upcoming comprehensive plan.

One portion of the work plan for assembling this natural resources inventory is conducting a survey of the public's values and perceptions of the area's natural resources to be used in decision making regarding the use and protection of those natural resources. The NRI committee successfully sought grant funding from the University of Minnesota, Northeast Region Sustainable Development Partnership, and will use the $13,000 awarded to hire a survey and research firm to conduct that survey. There is no local match requirement associated with this grant. Planning department staff will oversee the process and will make sure these efforts coordinate with information gathering efforts to be used in the comprehensive planning process. Staff recommends approval of this resolution.