01-0178R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A CONSULTANT AGREEMENT WITH MELANDER, MELANDER & SCHILLING/DAMON FARBER ASSOCIATES, FOR PROVIDING CERTAIN DESIGN SERVICES TO THE CITY OF DULUTH IN CONNECTION WITH THE DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE REVITALIZATION, PHASE I, IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $40,000.

BY PRESIDENT EDWARDS:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are hereby authorized to enter into a consultant agreement with Melander, Melander & Schilling/Damon Farber Associates, for the sum of not to exceed $40,000, as follows:  $20,000 from Capital Fund 450, Ag. 015, Org. 2000, Obj. C003 and $20,000 from General Fund 100, Ag. 015, Org. 2020, Obj. MS07, for providing certain design services to the city of Duluth in connection with Downtown streetscape revitalization, Phase I, said services and payment therefore to be substantially as outlined in the agreement on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. _________________.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution would authorize a consultant agreement with Melander, Melander & Schilling/Damon Farber Associates, for design work related to the Downtown streetscape revitalization, Phase I, in an amount of $40,000. The Downtown streetscape, constructed in the early 1980's, is in need of refurbishing. The original bollards, planters, benches, banners, landscape and related amenities have seen better days and are in need of repair and/or replacement. In order to maintain the high quality image and vibrant atmosphere in our Downtown for residents and visitors, we need to take a fresh look at the streetscape and study design options that will retain that high quality character. By approving this contract, the city would hire Melander, Melander & Schilling/Damon Farber Associates to: analyze the study areas (Downtown business district, Canal Park business district, and Old Downtown); develop two design options with related costs; and further develop the selected option for final city presentation. The team of Melander, Melander & Schilling/Damon Farber Associates was selected over two other teams that submitted qualifications for this project. After approval of this contract, there are no remaining funds in the capital improvement budget for this purpose.