01-0798R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF DULUTH AND ST. LOUIS COUNTY FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF ROADWAYS.

BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to execute an agreement between the city of Duluth and St. Louis County for the maintenance of various roadways within the parties' respective road jurisdictions. The city's cost under this agreement is payable from Fund 0100, Agency 500, Org. 1920, Object 5410.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes the approval of an amendment to the St. Louis County highway maintenance agreement, which will provide routine winter maintenance service to streets in Duluth Heights and the Miller Hill Mall area. The maintenance will include snow plowing and de-icing streets with sand and salt. This amendment is a one-time extension of the city-county maintenance agreement and will provide the transition for wintertime street maintenance, allowing the city to relocate its work forces to the Mn/DOT facility on Mesaba Avenue. The county public works department is in a better position to provide the service during the 2001-2002 winter. The additional street maintenance work force and equipment were intentionally not requested in the 2002 budget, anticipating the need for this transition. Earlier this year the city did assume summertime street maintenance of the streets indicated in this agreement and will continue to do so.

The cost of this service is based on a Mn/DOT-determined highway maintenance allowance, which was reduced to exclude summer maintenance ($2,087 per lane mile). The total cost to the city will be $155,300, 3/7's of which has been budgeted in the 2001 budget ($66,100), and the balance ($89,200) has been budgeted in the 2002 budget.