01-0544R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PROPER CITY OFFICIALS TO SUBMIT AND ACCEPT, IF AWARDED, AN APPLICATION FOR GRANT FUNDS FROM THE COASTAL MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM, AND EXECUTE ANY AND ALL OF THE GRANT AGREEMENTS NECESSARY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SAID GRANT IN AN AMOUNT OF $13,543, AND CONTRIBUTE LOCAL MATCHING SHARE OF $9,028.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

        WHEREAS, the city of Duluth has partnered with the nature conservancy to implement the Duluth natural areas project (DNA), the purpose of which is to identify those ecologically significant parcels of publicly-owned land located in the city of Duluth worthy of some level of protection status, and to implement the Duluth public parcel delineation and preservation project, which project will delineate publicly-owned parcels appropriate for inclusion in the DNA; and

        WHEREAS, the city's environmental advisory council has initiated a natural resources inventory project (NRI) in support of the preparation of the comprehensive plan; and

        WHEREAS, in order to identify those parcels of land which are to be evaluated by the DNA project and the NRI project it is necessary to delineate specific parcels of land utilizing GIS technology, develop an inventory of lands, and prepare accurate maps; and

        WHEREAS, the state of Minnesota, through the Minnesota department of natural resources, division of waters, administers financial assistance for coastal management purposes, through Minnesota's Lake Superior coastal program; and

        WHEREAS, the city of Duluth desires financial assistance from the coastal management assistance program for the purposes of mapping and creating an inventory of publicly-owned parcels of land and assessing their ecological significance.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to submit a grant application to the Minnesota department of natural resources in an amount of $13,543 (60 percent).

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to execute any and all of the grant agreements necessary for the implementation of said grant, to deposit such proceeds in Fund 0100, Agency 020, Org. 1202, Rev. Src. 4210, and that the city of Duluth does agree, upon offer of the grant, to obligate the $5,237 from Fund 0100, Agency 020, Org. 1202, Obj. 5219, local funding, and that the remaining portion of the 40 percent local share required to satisfactorily complete the proposed project and become eligible under the terms and conditions of the coastal management assistance grant program shall be derived from the following sources: value in the amount of $3,791 to be satisfied through the services of city staff which value includes wages at the rate of $18.68/hour, and the value of fringe benefits at 23 percent of wage which amount is $709.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes submittal and acceptance of grant funds from the coastal management assistance grant program in the amount of $22,571.

Council has previously authorized the receipt of grant funds to support the natural resources inventory being conducted by the city with the assistance of the environmental advisory council (Resolution 00-0812). There is a need to obtain additional funding to obtain an accurate inventory and map of parcels of land owned by the city which should be assessed for their environmental significance. The data obtained will be used by the EAC as part of its NRI and by the city and the nature conservancy to identify those parcels appropriate for conservation. This is an attractive grant program because it leverages $9,028 in city contribution against $13,543 in federal funding. Further, the city will be able to value the time of city staff in satisfying its 40 percent share; thus, the "out-of-pocket" for the city is $5,237.