01-0723R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF LAND DONATION FROM JAMES AND JOYCE R. EKSTROM IN NORTHWEST CORNER AREA.

BY COUNCILOR STENBERG:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to accept the donation of the below-described property in St. Louis County, Minnesota, from James and Joyce R. Ekstrom and to execute all documents necessary with regard thereto:  Lots 20 through 27 inclusive, Block 17, CLIFTON HEIGHTS First Division.

        FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city hereby expresses its appreciation for said donation to the Ekstroms.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize accepting a donation of land from the Ekstroms in the Northwest Corner area.  The property in question consists of eight lots adjacent to platted Blackman Avenue where it would intersect platted Englewood Street about 600 feet north of Arrowhead Road. The land is essentially wetlands and is designated on the Northwest Corner study as lands to be used for open space. The owners have offered to donate the property to the city for tax purposes and the city's best interests are served by accepting it to insure that it continues to be available as open space and that the wetlands are not filled.