01-0511R

RESOLUTION APPROVING THE ACQUISITION BY THE DULUTH AIRPORT AUTHORITY OF WETLAND REPLACEMENT CREDITS AT A COST OF $8,060.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council hereby approves, subject to the approval of the U.S. Army corp of engineers and the board of water and soil resources, the acquisition by the Duluth airport authority (DAA) of .62 acres of wetland replacement credits from Charles Krysiak and John Olson for the purchase price of $8,060 relating to the Runway 03-21 south perimeter road extension project, payable from the DAA construction fund.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes acquisition of wetland credits necessitated by the construction of a new service road at the south perimeter of Runway 03-21. The purpose of the 03-21 runway south perimeter road extension is to comply with a new requirement of the federal aviation administration that all service roads need to be a minimum of 1000 feet from the end of a runway and 400 feet from the centerline around the perimeter of the runway. Currently, the south perimeter road is only 300 feet from the end of the runway and there is only a distance of 250 feet from the centerline of the runway to the perimeter road. The road improvements will impact approximately .62 acres of wetlands. In order to comply with local, state and federal regulations, the impacted .62 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.

This resolution authorizes, subject to city council approval and approval by the U.S. Army corp of engineers and the board of water and soil resources, the purchase of.62 acres from Charles Krysiak and John Olson for the purchase price of $8,060. Ninety percent of the purchase price will be reimbursed by a grant from the federal aviation administration. The purchase has been approved by the city planning commission, which is the regulatory authority having jurisdiction over the impact site, at its June 27, 2001, meeting.