00-0840R

RESOLUTION APPROVING THE ACQUISITION BY THE DULUTH AIRPORT AUTHORITY OF WETLAND REPLACEMENT CREDITS.

BY PRESIDENT GILBERT:

        RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council hereby approves, subject to the approval of the U.S. Army corp of engineers, the acquisition by the Duluth airport authority (DAA) of wetland replacement credits from Lone Pine for the purchase price of $70,500 relating to the 1,000 foot improvement to the runway safety area of Runway 03-21, payable from the DAA construction fund.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The DAA is constructing a 1,000 foot improvement to the runway safety area at the northeast end of Runway 03-21 at the Duluth International Airport.  The improvements in the runway safety area will impact approximately 8.5 acres of wetlands. In order to comply with local, state and federal regulations, the impacted 8.5 acres of wetlands must be replaced.  On site replacement is not a option, and therefore, wetland replacement for the project consists of purchasing wetland bank credits.  The purchase of the wetland credits has been approved by the city planning commission which is the regulatory authority having jurisdiction over the impact site.  This resolution approves, subject to approval by the U.S. Army corp of engineers, the DAA's purchase of three acres of wetland credits from Lone Pine for the purchase price of $70,500, payable out of the DAA construction fund.  Ninety percent of the purchase price will be reimbursed by a grant from the federal aviation administration.