01-0745R

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO MINNESOTA'S LAKE SUPERIOR COASTAL PROGRAM AUTHORIZING EXPENDITURE OF MATCHING FUNDS TOWARD THE REMEDIATION OF THE SARGENT'S CREEK DUMP SITE, NOT TO EXCEED $250,000.

BY COUNCILOR NESS:

        WHEREAS, the state of 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 under the Great Lakes coastal restoration grant program;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, as follows:
        (a)     That the Duluth City Council approves of and supports the city administration in filing an application to Minnesota's Lake Superior coastal management program for financial assistance toward the remediation of the Sargent's Creek dump site in Gary-New Duluth;
        (b)     That the proper city officers are hereby authorized and directed to execute and file an application with the Minnesota department of natural resources and to provide all information and documentation as required to become eligible for possible funding assistance; and
        (c)     That the city of Duluth does agree to obligate the funds required to satisfactorily complete the proposed remediation project and become eligible for reimbursement under the terms and conditions of the Great Lakes coastal restoration grant program. Matching funds to come from the city's Self Insurance Fund 0605.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes and supports the city's application to Minnesota's Lake Superior coastal management program for matching funds to be used toward the remediation of the Sargent's Creek dump site.  The site, located south of the intersection of Gary Street and Becks Road in Gary-New Duluth, was a former city dump site in the 1930's.  The site has recently been listed on the Minnesota permanent list of priorities and the city has been working with the Minnesota pollution control agency to identify potential avenues of remediation.  If approved for funding, the coastal restoration grant would allow the city to take immediate action toward remediation of the site.  The maximum amount of a grant would be $1 million and local match is 25 percent.  The city intends to apply for an amount which can be used in the limited time of the grant.