01-0643R

RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE, SALE AND DELIVERY OF $615,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION TRANSIT BONDS, SERIES 2001E, OF THE CITY OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA; ESTABLISHING THE TERMS AND FORM THEREOF; CREATING A BOND FUND THEREFOR; AND AWARDING THE SALE THEREOF.

BY COUNCILOR HOGG:

        BE IT RESOLVED, by the city council of the city of Duluth, Minnesota (the "City"), as follows:

        Section 1.     Bond Purpose and Authorization.
                1.01     A.     Under and pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Laws 1974, Chapter 130, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475 and all other enabling statutes, the City is authorized to issue its general obligation bonds to provide the funds necessary to match state, private and federal grants for projects within the City's boundaries, which bonds are to be payable from annual ad valorem taxes or other revenues of the City.
                            B.     The city council has, by Ordinance No. 9499 adopted on July 23, 2001, authorized the issuance and sale of $615,000 general obligation transit bonds of the City to provide the funds necessary to match federal and state grants in aid of the purchase of 30 new transit buses, Stride vehicles and a replacement service vehicle and the improvements and renovations of the Duluth Transit Authority facilities (the "Project").
                            C.     Pursuant to the authority herein recited, the City authorizes and directs the issuance and sale of $615,000 General Obligation Transit Bonds, Series 2001E, to be dated September 1, 2001, as the date of original issue (the "Bonds") for financing the Project.
                            D.     Evensen Dodge, Inc., financial consultant to the City, has given notification by mail to at least five firms determined by Evensen Dodge, Inc. to be prospective bidders on the Bonds at least two days (omitting Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) before the date set for receipt of bids on the Bonds. All actions of the mayor, the clerk and Evensen Dodge, Inc. taken with regard to the sale of the Bonds are hereby ratified and approved.
                1.02     Pursuant to such solicitation for bids for the sale of the Bonds, the city council has received and considered all bids presented pursuant to the official terms of offering and has determined that the most favorable bid is that of ____________ of _____________ (the "Purchaser"), to purchase the Bonds at a cash price of $_____________, plus accrued interest on the total principal amount from September 1, 2001, to the date of delivery of the Bonds and upon condition that the Bonds mature and bear interest at the times and annual rates set forth in Section 2. The City, after due consideration, finds such offer reasonable and proper and the offer of the Purchaser is hereby accepted. The mayor and the clerk are authorized and directed to execute on the part of the City a contract for the sale of the Bonds in accordance with the Purchaser's bid. The treasurer is directed to deposit the good faith check of the successful bidder.

        Section 2.     Terms of Bonds.
                2.01     A.     The Bonds to be issued hereunder shall be dated September 1, 2001, as the date of original issue, shall be issued in the denomination of $5,000 each, or any integral multiple thereof, in fully registered form and lettered and numbered R-1 and upward. The Bonds shall mature on February 1 in the respective years and amounts and shall bear interest at the annual rates stated as follows:
 

Year Amount Interest Rate
2003 $60,000
2004 60,000
2005 60,000
2006 65,000
2007 70,000
2008 70,000
2009 75,000
2010 75,000
2011 80,000

                            B.     The Bonds maturing on February 1 in the years ____ and ____ shall be subject to mandatory redemption prior to maturity pursuant to the requirements of this Section 2.01B at a redemption price equal to the stated principal amount, as hereinafter provided, plus interest accrued thereon to the redemption date, without premium. The Bond Registrar, as designated below, shall select for redemption, by lot or other manner deemed fair, on February 1 in each of the following years, the following stated principal amounts:
                                    (1)     For Bonds maturing on February 1, ____ (the "____ Term Bonds"):
 

Year Principal Amount
             
 
                                            The remaining $______ stated principal amount of the ____ Term Bond shall be paid at maturity on February 1, ____.
                                    (2)     For Bonds maturing on February 1, ____ (the "____ Term Bonds"):
 
Year Principal Amount
               

                                              The remaining $______ stated principal amount of the ____ Term Bond shall be paid at maturity on February 1, ____.
                                                If less than such amount of the Term Bonds is outstanding on such payment date, the City shall pay the remaining balance of the Term Bonds then outstanding. The Bond Registrar shall select and call for redemption, in accordance with Section 2.02 hereof, from the Term Bonds the amounts specified above and the Term Bond selected by the Bond Registrar shall become due and payable on such date.
                2.02     The Bonds shall not be subject to redemption and prepayment before maturity.
                2.03     Interest on the Bonds shall be payable semiannually on February 1 and August 1 in each year (each referred to herein as an "Interest Payment Date"), commencing February 1, 2002. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months and will be rounded pursuant to the rules of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. The Bond Registrar designated below shall make all interest payments with respect to the Bonds by check or draft mailed to the registered owners of the Bonds shown on the bond registration records maintained by the Bond Registrar at the close of business on the 15th day (whether or not a business day) of the month next preceding the Interest Payment Date at such owners' addresses shown on such bond registration records.
                2.04     A.     The Bonds shall be prepared for execution in accordance with the approved form and shall be signed by the manual or facsimile signature of the mayor and attested by the manual or facsimile signature of the clerk. In case any officer whose signature or a facsimile of whose signature shall appear on the Bonds shall cease to be an officer before delivery of the Bonds, such signature or facsimile shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes, as if he or she had remained in office until delivery.
                            B.     The clerk is authorized and directed to obtain a copy of the proposed approving legal opinion of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. of Duluth, Minnesota, which is to be complete and cause the opinion to be attached to each Bond, together with a certificate to be signed by the manual signature of the clerk in substantially the form set forth in Section 2.11, but only if the opinion is not manually executed. The clerk is authorized and directed to execute the certificate in the name of the City upon receipt of the opinion, if required by the preceding sentence, and to file the opinion in the City offices.
                2.05     The City hereby appoints Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, National Association, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as registrar, authenticating agent, paying agent and transfer agent for the Bonds (such bank or its successor is herein referred to as the "Bond Registrar"). To provide for the Bond Registrar services, the mayor and the clerk are authorized and directed to execute a bond registrar/paying agent agreement substantially in the form of the agreement currently on file in the office of the city clerk. No Bond shall be valid or obligatory for any purpose until the Bond Registrar's authentication certificate on such Bond, substantially set forth in Section 2.11 hereof, shall have been duly executed by an authorized representative of the Bond Registrar. Authentication certificates on different Bonds need not be signed by the same representative. The manual signature of one officer of the City or the executed authentication certificate on each Bond shall be conclusive evidence that it has been authenticated and delivered under this Resolution.
                2.06     A.     In order to make the Bonds eligible for the services provided by The Depository Trust Company, New York, New York ("DTC"), the City has previously agreed to the applicable provisions set forth in the blanket issuer letter of representations which has been executed by the City and DTC (the "Representation Letter").
                            B.     All of the Bonds shall be registered in the name of Cede & Co., as nominee for DTC. Payment of interest on and principal of any Bond registered in the name of Cede & Co. shall be made by wire transfer or New York clearing house or equivalent same day funds by 10:00 a.m. CT or as soon as possible thereafter following the Bond Registrar's receipt of funds from the City on each Interest Payment Date to the account of Cede & Co. on each Interest Payment Date at the address indicated in or pursuant to the Representation Letter.
                            C.     Additional matters with respect to, among other things, notices, consents and approvals by bond holders and payments on the Bonds are set forth in the Representation Letter.
                2.07     The City shall cause to be kept by the Bond Registrar a bond register in which, subject to such reasonable regulations as the Bond Registrar may prescribe, the City shall provide for the registration of the Bonds and the registration of transfers of the Bonds entitled to be registered or transferred as herein provided. In the event of the resignation or removal of the Bond Registrar or its incapability of acting as such, the bond registration records shall be maintained at the office of the successor Bond Registrar as may be appointed by the city council. Upon surrender for transfer of any Bond at the principal corporate office of the Bond Registrar, the City shall execute and the Bond Registrar shall authenticate, if required by law or this resolution, and deliver, in the name(s) of the designated transferee or transferees, one or more new Bonds of the like aggregate principal amount, as requested by the transferor.
                2.08     Each Bond delivered upon transfer of or in exchange for or in lieu of any other Bond shall carry all of the rights to interest, accrued and unpaid and to accrue, which are carried by such other Bond. Each Bond shall be dated by the Bond Registrar as of the date of its authentication. The City and the Bond Registrar shall not be required to make any transfer or exchange of any Bonds called for redemption or to make any such exchange or transfer of the Bonds during the 15 days next preceding the date of the mailing of the notice of redemption in the case of a proposed redemption of the Bonds.
                2.09     The City and the Bond Registrar may treat the person in whose name any Bond is registered as the owner of such Bond for the purpose of receiving payment of principal of and interest on such Bond and for all other purposes whatsoever, whether or not such Bond be overdue, and neither the City nor the Bond Registrar shall be affected by notice to the contrary.
                2.10     The principal of and interest on the Bonds shall be payable by the Bond Registrar, as paying agent, in such funds as are legal tender for the payment of debts due the United States of America. The City shall pay the reasonable and customary charges of the Bond Registrar for the disbursement of principal and interest.
                2.11     The Bonds shall be printed or typewritten in substantially the following form:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS
CITY OF DULUTH
GENERAL OBLIGATION TRANSIT BOND, SERIES 2001E

R-__ $_________
Interest
Rate 
Maturity Date Date of
Original Issue
CUSIP
February 1, ____ September 1, 2001
REGISTERED OWNER: CEDE & CO.

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT:

The City of Duluth, in St. Louis County, Minnesota (the "City"), for value received, promises to pay to the registered owner specified above, or registered assigns, the principal amount specified above on the maturity date specified above, and to pay interest on said principal amount to the registered owner hereof from September 1, 2001, or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, until the principal amount is paid or discharged, said interest being at the rate per annum specified above. Interest is payable semiannually on February 1 and August 1 of each year (each referred to herein as an "Interest Payment Date") commencing on February 1, 2002. Both principal and interest are payable in lawful money of the United States of America by check or draft at the office of Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, National Association, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the registrar, paying agent, transfer agent and authenticating agent (the "Bond Registrar"), or at the office of such successor bond registrar as may be designated by the city council. The Bond Registrar shall make the interest payment with respect to this Bond directly to the registered owner hereof shown on the bond registration records maintained on behalf of the City by the Bond Registrar at the close of business on the 15th day of the month next preceding the Interest Payment Date (whether or not a business day), at such owner's address shown on said bond registration records, without, except for payment of principal on the Bond, the presentation or surrender of this Bond, and all such payments shall discharge the obligations of the City to the extent of the payments so made. Payment of principal shall be made upon presentation and surrender of this Bond to the Bond Registrar when due. For the prompt and full payment of such principal and interest as they become due, the full faith and credit of the City are irrevocably pledged.

This Bond is one of a series issued by the City in the aggregate amount of $615,000, all of like date and tenor, except for number, denomination, maturity date and interest rate, pursuant to a resolution adopted by the governing body of the City on September 6, 2001 (the "Resolution"). The Bonds are issued for the purposes of financing a portion of the costs of the Duluth Transit Authority for the purchase of 30 new transit buses, Stride vehicles and a replacement service vehicle and completion of facilities improvements and renovations, issued pursuant to Minnesota Laws 1974, Chapter 130, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475, the City Charter and other pertinent provisions of said statutes, and Ordinance No. 9499, which obligations and interest thereon are payable from annual ad valorem taxes, as described in the Resolution.

The Bonds maturing in the years ____ and ____ shall be subject to mandatory redemption and redeemed in installments as provided in the Resolution, at par plus accrued interest to the date of redemption.

The Bonds of this series are not subject to redemption before maturity.

Prior to the date fixed for mandatory redemption of any Bonds, notice of redemption shall be mailed to each registered owner of a Bond to be redeemed. No defect or failure in such mailed notice shall affect the validity of the proceedings for redemption of any Bond not affected by such failure or defect. If any Bond is redeemed in part, upon surrender of the Bond being redeemed, the City shall deliver or cause to be delivered to the registered owner of such Bond a Bond in like form in the principal amount equal to that portion of the Bond so surrendered not being redeemed.

The Bonds of this series are issued as fully registered bonds without coupons, in the denomination of $5,000 or any integral multiple thereof. Subject to limitations set forth in the Resolution, this Bond is transferable by the registered owner hereof upon surrender of this Bond for transfer at the principal corporate office of the Bond Registrar, duly endorsed or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Bond Registrar and executed by the registered owner hereof or the owner's attorney duly authorized in writing. Thereupon the City shall execute and the Bond Registrar shall authenticate, if required by law and this Resolution, and deliver, in exchange for this Bond, one or more new fully registered bonds in the name of the transferee, of an authorized denomination, in an aggregate principal amount equal to the unpaid principal amount of this Bond, of the same maturity and bearing interest at the same rate.

IT IS CERTIFIED AND RECITED that all acts and conditions required by the Charter of the City and by the laws and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota to be done, and to exist precedent to and in the issuance of this Bond in order to make it a valid and binding general obligation of the City in accordance with its terms, have been done and do exist in form, time, and manner as so required; that all taxable property within the corporate limits of the City is subject to the levy of ad valorem taxes to the extent needed to pay the principal hereof and the interest hereon when due, without limitation as to rate or amount; and that the issuance of this Bond does not cause the indebtedness of the City to exceed any constitutional, statutory or charter limitation.

This Bond shall not be valid or become obligatory for any purpose or be entitled to any security or benefit under the Resolution until the Bond Registrar's Authentication Certificate hereon shall have been executed by the Bond Registrar by one of its authorized representatives.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the City of Duluth, by its city council, has caused this Bond to be executed in its name by the signatures of the mayor and the city clerk.

Attest:
_______________________________
City Clerk
_______________________________ 
Mayor
Date of Authentication: __________________

BOND REGISTRAR'S AUTHENTICATION CERTIFICATE

The Bond Registrar confirms that the books reflect the ownership of a Bond registered in the name of the owner named above, in the principal amount stated above, and this Bond is one of the Bonds of the series issued pursuant to the Resolution hereinabove described.

WELLS FARGO BANK MINNESOTA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
Bond Registrar

By__________________________________
    Authorized Representative

REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE

This Bond must be registered as to both principal and interest in the name of the owner on the books to be kept by Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, National Association, as Bond Registrar. No transfer of this Bond shall be valid unless made on said books by the registered owner or the owner's attorney thereunto duly authorized and similarly noted on the registration books. The ownership of the unpaid principal balance of this Bond and the interest accruing thereon is registered on the books of the City in the name of the registered owner last noted below.

Date Registered Owner Signature of
Bond Registrar
9/__/01
Cede & Co.
c/o The Depository Trust Company
55 Water Street
New York, NY 10041
Federal Taxpayer I.D. No.: 13-2555119
_______________________
BOND COUNSEL OPINION

I certify that attached hereto is a full, true, and correct copy of the legal opinion rendered by bond counsel on the issuance of the Bonds, dated as of the original date of delivery of and payment for the Bond.

______________________________
City Clerk

ASSIGNMENT

FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned sells, assigns, and transfers unto _______________
_______________________________________________________________________________

(Name and Address of Assignee)

____________________ Social Security or Other
____________________ Identifying Number of Assignee

the within Bond and all rights thereunder and does hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint _______ _____________________________________________ attorney to transfer the said Bond on the books kept for registration thereof with full power of substitution in the premises.

Dated: ________________________.

______________________________________
______________________________________
NOTICE: The signature of this assignment must correspond with the name of the registered owner as it appears upon the face of the within Bond in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever.
Signature Guaranteed:

_______________________________
(Bank, Trust Company, member of
National Securities Exchange)

        Section 3.     Revenues, Accounts and Covenants.
                3.01     The City has created the capital improvement special account within the Duluth Transit Support Fund to which there shall be credited the proceeds of the Bonds, less discount, capitalized interest and accrued interest. The City shall, or will, also credit any additional funds, including grant funds, which may be available and are appropriated for the Project. This account shall be used to pay, or reimburse, expenses duly approved and allowed, which, under generally accepted accounting principles, constitute capital expenditures for the Project and to pay the costs of issuance for the Bonds.
                3.02     A separate debt service account is hereby created and designated as the "2001 Transit Bonds Debt Service Account" (the "Debt Service Account") within the City's debt service fund. The money in the Debt Service Account shall be used for no purpose other than the payment of principal and interest on the portion of the Bonds; provided, however, that if any payment of principal or interest shall become due when there is not sufficient money in the Debt Service Account, the treasurer shall pay the same from any other funds of the City and said funds shall be reimbursed for such advance out of the proceeds of the taxes hereinafter levied when collected. Into the Debt Service Account shall be credited unused discount, if any, plus capitalized interest in the amount of $___________, and plus the amount of accrued interest paid by the Purchaser upon closing and delivery of the Bonds.
                3.03     A.     The full faith and credit and taxing power of the City are hereby irrevocably pledged for the prompt and full payment of the principal of and interest on the Bonds, as such principal and interest respectively become due. To provide monies for the payment of the principal and interest on the Bonds, there is hereby levied a direct, annual ad valorem tax upon all taxable property within the City which shall be extended upon the tax rolls and collected with and part of the other general property taxes of the City for the years and in the amounts as set forth as follows:
 
Levy Year Collection Year Tax Levy
2001 2002
2002 2003
2003 2004
2004 2005
2005 2006
2006 2007
2007 2008
2008 2009
2009 2010

                                    Said levies are such that if collected in full they will produce at least 5% in excess of the amount needed to meet when due the principal and interest on the Bonds.
                                    Such tax levies shall be irrevocable as long as any of the Bonds issued hereunder are outstanding and unpaid; provided, however, that in each year while any Bonds issued hereunder remain outstanding, the city council may reduce or cancel the above levies to the extent of an irrevocable appropriation to said debt service account of monies actually on hand for payment of the portion of such principal and interest payable from ad valorem taxes, and may direct the county auditor to reduce the levy for such calendar year by that amount.
                            B.     All taxes are hereby appropriated and shall be paid when collected into the Debt Service Account. If the balance in the Debt Service Account is ever insufficient to pay all principal and interest then due on the Bonds, the treasurer shall nevertheless provide sufficient money from any other funds of the City which are available for that purpose, and such other funds shall be reimbursed from the Debt Service Account when the balance therein is sufficient.
                3.04     Proceeds of the Bonds on deposit in the Debt Service Account may, in the discretion of the city treasurer, be invested in securities permitted by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 118A; provided, that any such investment shall mature at such time and in such amounts as will permit the payment of costs for the improvement program and/or payment of the principal and interest on the Bonds when due.

        Section 4.     Tax Covenants; Miscellaneous.
                4.01     The city council covenants and agrees with the holders of the Bonds that the City will (i) take all action on its part necessary to cause the interest on the Bonds to be exempt from federal income taxes including, without limitation, restricting, to the extent necessary, the yield on investments made with the proceeds of the Bonds and investment earnings thereon, making required payments to the federal government, if any, and maintaining books and records in a specified manner, where appropriate, and (ii) refrain from taking any action which would cause interest on the Bonds to be subject to federal income taxes, including, without limitation, refraining from spending the proceeds of the Bonds and investment earnings thereon on certain specified purposes.
                4.02     A.     No portion of the proceeds of the Bonds shall be used directly or indirectly to acquire higher yielding investments or to replace funds which were used directly or indirectly to acquire higher yielding investments, except for a reasonable temporary period until such proceeds are needed for the purpose for which the Bonds were issued. To this effect, any proceeds of the Bonds and any sums from time to time held in such debt service account (or any other City account which will be used to pay principal and interest to become due on the Bonds) in excess of amounts which under the applicable federal arbitrage regulations may be invested without regard as to yield shall not be invested at a yield in excess of the applicable yield restrictions imposed by the arbitrage regulations on such investments after taking into account any applicable temporary periods of minor portion made available under the federal arbitrage regulations.
                            B.     In addition, the proceeds of the Bonds and money in such debt service account shall not be invested in obligations or deposits issued by, guaranteed by or insured by the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof if and to the extent that such investment would cause the Bonds to be federally guaranteed within the meaning of Section 149(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1996, as amended (the "Code").
                            C.     The City hereby covenants not to use the proceeds of the Bonds, or to cause or permit them to be used, in such a manner as to cause the Bonds to be "private activity bonds" within the meaning of Sections 103 and 141 through 150 of the Code.
                4.03     A.     Pursuant to Section 1.148-7(d) of the Treasury Regulations, relating to exception from rebate, the City hereby covenants that with respect to the gross proceeds of the Bonds, the following schedule will be met:
                                    (i)     at least 15% of the gross proceeds of the Bonds will be allocated to expenditures for the governmental purpose of the Bonds within six months of the date of issue of the Bonds;
                                    (ii)    at least 60% of such proceeds will be allocated for such purposes within the one-year period of such date; and
                                    (iii)   100% of such proceeds will be allocated for such purposes within the 18-month period beginning on such date; subject to an exception for reasonable retainage of 5% of the available proceeds of the Bonds, and that 100% of the available proceeds of the Bonds will be allocated within 30 months from the date of issue of the Bonds.
                            B.     The City shall use its best efforts to comply with any federal procedural requirements which may apply in order to effectuate the designation made by this section.

        Section 5.     Continuing Disclosure.
                The City acknowledges that the Bonds are subject to the continuing disclosure requirements of Rule 15c2-12 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 C.F.R. § 240.15c2-12) (the "Rule"). The Rule governs the obligations of certain underwriters to require that issuers of municipal bonds enter into agreements for the benefit of the bondholders to provide continuing disclosure with respect to the Bonds. To provide for the public availability of certain information relating to the Bonds and the security therefor and to permit underwriters of the Bonds to comply with the Rule, which will enhance the marketability of the Bonds, the mayor and the clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute a continuing disclosure certificate substantially in the form of the certificate currently on file in the office of the clerk.

        Section 6.     Certificate of Proceedings.
                6.01     The clerk is directed to file with the county auditor a certified copy of this resolution and such other information as the county auditor may require, and to obtain from the county auditor a certificate stating that the Bonds herein authorized have been duly entered on his register.
                6.02     The officers of the City are authorized and directed to prepare and furnish to the Purchaser and to bond counsel certified copies of all proceedings and records of the City relating to the authorization and issuance of the Bonds and other affidavits and certificates as may reasonably be requested to show the facts relating to the legality and marketability of the Bonds as such facts appear from the official books and records of the officers' custody or otherwise known to them. All of such certified copies, certificates and affidavits, including any heretofore furnished, constitute representations of the City as to the correctness of facts recited therein and the actions stated therein to have been taken.
                6.03     The officers of the City are hereby authorized and directed to certify that they have examined the official statement prepared and circulated in connection with the sale of the Bonds and that to the best of their knowledge and belief the official statement is a complete and accurate representation of the facts and representations made therein as of the date of the official statement.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution establishes the terms and form and awards the sale of the $615,000 General Obligation Transit Bonds, Series 2001E, to ____________________ _________________________________ at a true interest cost of _____________%. The proceeds of the Bonds will be used to provide funds necessary for the Duluth Transit Authority to purchase 30 new transit buses, Stride vehicles and a replacement service vehicle and for facilities improvements and renovations.