01-0562R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PROPER CITY OFFICIALS TO ACCEPT GRANT OF $150,000 FROM THE BENEFICIARY GROUP FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE GRASSY POINT TRAIL PROJECT.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        WHEREAS, the Opportunities for Change Plan for West Duluth identified a need for increased public access to the St. Louis River; and

        WHEREAS, a trail to the edge of the Grassy Point area has been constructed with a small parking area with ISTEA funding; and

        WHEREAS, the land in the area for the project is publicly owned; and

        WHEREAS, the west Duluth neighborhood strongly supports the implementation of this project; and

        WHEREAS, the Beneficiary Group for Environmental Improvement has selected to offer a grant of $150,000 to the city of Duluth for construction of another portion of the Grassy Point Trail project into the wetlands; and

        WHEREAS, $50,000 has been provided by check and the remaining $100,000 to be paid at later stages in the project.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the city of Duluth gratefully accepts the grant of $150,000 and the $50,000 check for expenditures on the Grassy Point Trail as outlined in the proposal submitted by city staff and authorizes proper city officials to receive the funding and deposit in Fund 0450 015 2001 4690.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution accepts a grant offer solicited by city staff in response to an RFP from the Beneficiary Group for Environmental Improvement. The project consists of the development of the extension of the existing trail into the wetland area of Grassy Point. The trail is intended to provide access to the edge of the water for wildlife observation and some fishing along Keene Creek. A wildlife observation platform is part of the project. The plan is to construct a small bridge over Keene Creek to enable extension of the trail further to the northeast in the future. This resolution accepts the total grant offer of $150,000 and the $50,000 check attached to the letter.