01-0749R
   
REPLACEMENT
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE CITY'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE 2002 SESSION OF THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

        WHEREAS, the city administration and council wish to establish a clear set of priorities for legislative action during the 2002 legislative session; and

        WHEREAS, there have been several meetings devoted to discussing city legislative concerns and priorities; and

        WHEREAS, the focus of the 2002 legislative session will be on setting the state capital budget for the next two years (fiscal years 2003 and 2004); and

        WHEREAS, the administration and council choose to express support for a number of projects which will benefit the community while indicating whether the city will assume a lead role or a supporting role or will simply express its support for a funding request.

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the primary legislative objectives of the city of Duluth for the year 2002 are to secure state bond proceeds to complete the renovation of the aerial lift bridge and to make infrastructure improvements at the Spirit Mountain recreation area, and to secure legislation to restore the statewide hazardous materials response program that the state has discontinued, including restoration of the regional haz-mat team that operated out of Duluth.

        FURTHER RESOLVED, that city staff and elected officials will take the lead role in advancing these initiatives during the 2002 legislative session.

        FURTHER RESOLVED, that city staff is to support the following funding requests:
                Port development assistance administered by the Minnesota department of transportation;
                Redevelopment account administered by the department of trade and economic development;
                Wastewater infrastructure funding administered by the public facilities authority (DTED) and the Minnesota pollution control agency;
                Greater Minnesota regional parks funding administered by the department of natural resources.

        FURTHER RESOLVED, that the administration and council express support for the initiatives advanced by the Minnesota state colleges and universities system for design funds for a health and wellness facility at Lake Superior College and by the University of Minnesota for funds to construct a new science center on the university of Minnesota Duluth campus and recognize the importance of these institutions to the social, cultural and economic vitality of the community.

        FURTHER RESOLVED, that the administration and council express support for the proposed improvements to the state office building located at Second Street and Fourth Avenue West.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution sets forth the city's legislative priorities for the 2002 session of the Minnesota Legislature. Projects are prioritized into three categories of support. The first category is where the city will assume an active leadership role in promoting the funding of projects; the second is where the city will assume an active supporting role in promoting the funding of projects; and the third is where the city will simply express its support for the funding of projects.