01-0323R

RESOLUTION URGING CITY ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF TO TAKE PROMPT ACTION TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR GRANT REQUESTS ON BEHALF OF A PROPOSED LIVING WATER GARDEN FOR THE BAYFRONT FESTIVAL PARK AREA.

BY COUNCILOR HOGG:

        WHEREAS, the city of Duluth has supported development of a feasibility study for the creation of a living water garden in the Bayfront festival park area; and

        WHEREAS, funds to undertake that study were secured and the feasibility study has been successfully completed; and

        WHEREAS, development of a living water garden in the Bayfront festival park area has received statements of interest and support from such groups as the University of Minnesota-Duluth's natural resources research institute, the Nancy H. Gray foundation for arts in the environment, the Minnesota pollution control agency, the Minnesota department of transportation, the Western Lake Superior sanitary district, the Bush foundation, and the Minnesota department of natural resources's Lake Superior coastal program; and

        WHEREAS, the Lake Superior coastal council has funds available and has expressed great interest in providing funding for design of the proposed living water garden; and

        WHEREAS, needed funds to satisfy match requirements may be available from the Bush foundation if a Lake Superior coastal program grant is awarded; and

        WHEREAS, action allocating such coastal program funding cannot be undertaken until the city of Duluth designates site alternatives for the living water garden and agrees to serve as fiscal agent for such funds; and

        WHEREAS, available coastal program funds may be totally expended prior to June 1, 2001;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the council strongly urges city staff and administration to quickly assign the highest priority to meeting coastal program requirements for a funding decision so that this opportunity is not lost through delay or failure to follow through.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution demonstrates city council support for the living water garden project and alerts the staff to the need for swift action in order to take advantage of opportunities for funding.