03-0889R

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE CITY'S LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES FOR THE 2004 SESSION OF THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE.

BY COUNCILOR NESS:

WHEREAS, the city administration and council wish to establish a clear set of priorities for legislative action during the 2004 legislative session; and

WHEREAS, there have been several meetings devoted to discussing city legislative concerns and priorities; 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 2004 are to:
Preserve a truly needs based formula for the allocation of local government aid and maintain the highest possible funding for the local government aid program.
Secure state bonding proceeds for the following requests:
-Duluth sanitary sewer overflow storage.
-Completion of the Aerial Lift Bridge rehabilitation.

-Design and develop restrooms, exhibits and trail at Lake Superior Zoo.
-Design of the Bayfront Visitor Center.
-Design for the new Duluth arena at the DECC.

FURTHER RESOLVED, that city staff and elected officials will take the lead role in advancing these initiatives during the 2004 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 (DEED) 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 construction funds for a health and wellness facility at Lake Superior College and design funds for a new business school at the University of Minnesota Duluth and by the department of recreation for the Duluth Grant School Youth and Community Center.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution sets forth the city's legislative priorities for the 2004 session of the Minnesota Legislature. Projects are prioritized into three categories of support. The first category is where the city assumes 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 projects.