01-0546R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE EASEMENT FROM THE DULUTH MISSABE AND IRON RANGE RAILWAY COMPANY FOR A CONSIDERATION OF $100,000.

BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are authorized to execute an easement agreement substantially in the form of the agreement filed as Public Document No. __________, between the city of Duluth and Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company wherein the city is granted a pipeline easement in the railroad right-of-way for a consideration of $100,000; said money to be paid from Fund 0521, Agency 500, Object 5532.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution purchases an extensive pipeline easement from the Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway Company for the 16-inch supply gas line the city is building from town border station 1A in Wisconsin to the Lake Superior paper plant. The attached agreements and maps show where the easement is located. The easement agreement was negotiated for the city by Prosource Technologies, Inc., a company that specializes in right-of-way acquisition. Numerous factors concerning possible routes were considered and a route that includes this easement was deemed best by the water and gas engineering staff.