01-0251R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PROPER CITY OFFICIALS TO SUBMIT A MNDNR GRANT REQUEST FOR GRASSY POINT TRAIL PROJECT IN AN AMOUNT OF $150,000

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        WHEREAS, Grassy Point Trail project is a continuation of a project recommended in the 1988 plan developed for the West Duluth area which has the support of the Irving neighborhood; and

        WHEREAS, construction of the Keene Creek Trail in 1999 from the Irving Recreation Center brought access to the edge of the Grassy Bay area waterfront parking lot; and

        WHEREAS, funds from the sale of the Mariner's Wharf Area to WLSSD for their composting site are available for investment in this project; and

        WHEREAS, other funding from the Beneficiaries Trust Fund set up by the Interlake Superfund site responsible parties is a good prospect for soliciting an amount of about $150,000 for the project; and

        WHEREAS, a smaller amount of funding has been offered to cover costs of informational and interpretive signage from the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee.

        NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that, the city of Duluth act as the legal sponsor for the Grassy Point Trail project contained in the Outdoor Recreation Grant Program Application submitted on March 30, 2001 and that proper city officials are hereby authorized to apply to the Department of Natural Resources for $150,000 funding of this project on behalf of the City of Duluth; and

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the city of Duluth has the legal authority to apply for financial assistance, and the institutional, managerial, and financial capability to ensure adequate construction, operation, maintenance and replacement of the proposed project for its design life; and

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the city of Duluth has not incurred any costs described on Item 4 and has not entered into any written agreements to purchase property described on Item 3; and

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the city of Duluth has not violated any federal, state or local laws pertaining to fraud, bribery, graft, kickbacks, collusion, conflict of interest or other unlawful or corrupt practice; and

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that upon approval of its application by the state, the city of Duluth may enter into an agreement with the state of Minnesota for the above referenced project, and that the city of Duluth certifies it will comply with all applicable laws and regulations as stated in the grant agreement.

        NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that proper city officials are hereby authorized to execute such agreements as are necessary to implement the project on behalf of the applicant.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution is to package sufficient funding to proceed with another segment of the trail project started several years ago from the Irving Recreation Center by construction of the trail to the present parking lot located at the end of "Old Highway 2". This grant request will be coupled with existing funding now in the city treasury, anticipated funding from the Beneficiary Trust Fund and a small donation from the St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee. The wetland trail will be handicapped accessible and will provide board walk, bog walk, appropriate bridges and wildlife observation decks and possibly a fishing pier. The 1988 West Duluth Plan identified a community need to gain access to the waterfront in this neighborhood with predominately industrial uses on the river.