01-0532R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION OF A JOINT POWER AGREEMENT WITH VARIOUS GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES IN NORTHEAST MINNESOTA PROVIDED FOR THE CITY OF DULUTH'S PARTICIPATION IN THE LAKE SUPERIOR DRUG TASK FORCE.

BY COUNCILOR STOVER:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are hereby authorized and directed to enter into a joint power agreement with St. Louis County, Lake County, Cook County, the city of Silver Bay, the city of Two Harbors, the city of Proctor, the city of Hermantown and the University of Minnesota-Duluth providing for the participation by the city of Duluth and other above-named governmental agencies in the Lake Superior drug task force in the year 2002; said agreement to be in the form of Public Document No. _______ on file in the office of the city clerk.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The contract authorized by this resolution is a joint powers agreement between the city of Duluth and St. Louis County, Lake County, Cook County, Silver Bay, Two Harbors, Proctor, Hermantown and UMD for continued operation of the Lake Superior drug task force. The task force was formed in 1990. Its purpose is to coordinate efforts among members to apprehend and prosecute drug offenders. The matching funds mentioned in the contract to be contributed by the city of Duluth is police overtime funds which have already been budgeted for normal police operations. Therefore, the contract will require no new capital outlay. The city does agree in the contract to provide office space for a headquarters office for the organization. This agreement has been negotiated by the Duluth police department and was approved by the chief of Police. It is essentially the same as the last ten years contract with the drug task force.