00-0837R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO THE RECREATION GRANT AGREEMENT WITH ST. LOUIS COUNTY RELATING TO THE LAKE SUPERIOR AND MISSISSIPPI RAILROAD.

BY COUNCILOR NESS:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into an amendment, substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ___________________, to city Contract No. 18468 with St. Louis County relating to the recreation grant for the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, said amendment extending the term of the agreement until December 31,2000, at no change in the amount of the agreement, subject to the approval of the amendment by the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes an amendment to the recreation grant agreement between St. Louis County and the city of Duluth which is acting as a conduit for funding for the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad. The railroad will use the funding for site acquisition and construction of a maintenance shed and storage barn. The railroad has encountered additional site selection problems. A proposed site in Riverside was found to be an expensive construction site due to the condition of the soil on the site. Attempts to acquire privately owned property also failed. The railroad is now negotiating the purchase of a site near 63rd Street.