01-0255R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PROPER CITY OFFICIALS TO SUBMIT A NATURAL AND SCENIC AREA GRANT REQUEST TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE ACQUISITION OF HOVLAND PROPERTY LOCATED ALONG KENWOOD AVENUE ADJACENT TO CHESTER PARK IN THE AMOUNT OF $137,500

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        WHEREAS, the city of Duluth has the legal authority to apply for financial assistance, and the institutional, managerial, and financial capability to ensure adequate acquisition, maintenance and protection of the proposed project; and

        WHEREAS, the city of Duluth has not incurred any costs, and has not entered into any written agreements to purchase property proposed by this project; and

        WHEREAS, 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

        WHEREAS, that upon approval of its application by the state, city of Duluth may enter into an agreement with the state of Minnesota for the above-referenced project, and that city of Duluth certifies that it will comply with all applicable laws and regulations as stated in the contract agreement and described in the compliance section of the Natural and Scenic Area Grant Program application.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth act as legal sponsor for the project contained in the Natural and Scenic Area Grant Program Application to be submitted on March 31, 2001 and that Bill Majewski, Business Developer, is hereby authorized to apply to the Department of Natural Resources for funding of this project on behalf of city of Duluth.

        NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Bill Majewski, business developer, is hereby authorized to execute such agreements as are necessary to implement the project on behalf of the applicant.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes a grant application for $137,500 to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources under the Natural and Scenic Area Grant program for the acquisition of property located along Kenwood Avenue adjacent to Chester Park owned by George Hovland. Mr. Hovland has attempted to sell the property on several occasions for development which were ultimately denied due to opposition from the neighbors. The grant will provide up to 50% of the total cost of the property appraised at $275,000. The remaining $137,500 will be paid by private interests.