01-0748R

RESOLUTION REQUESTING A STATE BOND ALLOCATION OF $3,000,000 TO ASSIST IN IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SPIRIT MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA FACILITIES.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

        WHEREAS, the Spirit Mountain recreation area was established by legislation in 1973 to develop a wide range of recreational facilities to serve local residents and tourists; and

        WHEREAS, direct tourist spending attributable to visits to Spirit Mountain recreation area have an impact in excess of $7.7 million annually; and

        WHEREAS, enhancement of the facilities at Spirit Mountain will provide significant positive impacts on the local, regional and state economies; and

        WHEREAS, enhancement of Spirit Mountain facilities will contribute to increased use of the facility and corresponding increase in local and tax revenue attributable to tourist spending; and

        WHEREAS, the facilities most in need of improvement include a new chair lift, expansion of family skiing area, renovation and expansion of snow making equipment and remodeling of the chalet and banquet facilities;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth respectfully requests the state of Minnesota provide an allocation of general obligation bond proceeds to finance improvements to facilities at the Spirit Mountain recreation area.

        FURTHER RESOLVED, that a bond allocation in the amount of $3 million be provided to be matched by a like sum from nonstate sources on a dollar-for-dollar basis to cover the costs of improving facilities at the Spirit Mountain recreation area.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution requests a state bonding allocation of $3 million to make improvements and renovations at the Spirit Mountain recreation area. The greatest needs at the Spirit Mountain recreation area are funding for a new chair lift, expansion of the family skiing area, renovation and expansion of snow making equipment and the remodeling of the chalet. A state bonding allocation would require a dollar for dollar match of nonstate monies.