01-0784R

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO MINNESOTA'S LAKE SUPERIOR COASTAL PROGRAM FOR MATCHING FUNDS TOWARD THE ACQUISITION OF THE STEWART CREEK HEADWATERS SITE, NOT TO EXCEED $100,000.

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 acquisition of the Stewart Creek site in Midway Township;
        (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 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 acquisition project and become eligible for reimbursement under the terms and conditions of the Great Lakes coastal restoration grant program. The matching funds would come from the 2002 Capital Improvement Fund 0450-015.



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 acquisition of the Stewart Creek headwaters site. The 60-acre site, located adjacent city-owned land in the Magney-Snively Park area, contains a significant portion of the headwater of Stewart Creek, a Minnesota department of natural resources (MDNR)-designated trout stream. Public ownership of this property will help ensure the future integrity of the stream. The owner has indicated a willingness to sell at the appraised value of the property of $100,000. $75,000 will be requested from the grant program. The local share of the grant is $25,000. Of this, the Nature Conservancy has offered to provide $5,000 and the city will contribute $20,000.