01-0774R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AGREEMENT CONVEYING A GAS LINE EASEMENT ON THE ASPENWOOD PROPERTIES FROM ASPENWOOD CONDOMINIUMS OF DULUTH, INC.

BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into an agreement, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ______, with Aspenwood Condominiums of Duluth, Inc., accepting the grant of an easement for the extension of natural gas lines through the Aspenwood properties, said easement being more particularly described in said agreement, for nominal consideration.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize an agreement accepting an easement through the old Air Force off-base housing, now known as Aspenwood, for the extension of city natural gas mains to serve the property.

When the housing was originally constructed, it was built by the Air Force for housing the families of the service personnel stationed at the air base.  Water and sewer utilities were installed as part of the original facility and is presently privately owned, but natural gas lines were not included.  When the air base closed, the housing facility was sold and, ultimately, turned into condominiums.  Many residents of the condominiums are now interested in access to natural gas for supplying their home heating and hot water needs.

This agreement grants the city the necessary easements to allow it to extend gas service to the area.  The actual costs of constructing the gas mains and services will be recovered from the properties' benefits in the normal way.