04-0066R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT WITH SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL ASSOCIATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATING OF THE SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL THROUGH DULUTH.

BY COUNCILOR REINERT:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to enter into a agreement substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ____________ with the Superior Hiking Trail Association for the construction and operation of the Superior Hiking Trail as it extends through the city of Duluth.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize a permit agreement for the construction of the Superior Hiking Trail (trail) through the city. When completed, the trail will connect to the section of the trail running from the Canadian border to Two Harbors at one end and through Jay Cooke State Park to connect with the North Country National Scenic Trail, a long distance hiking trail stretching from New York to North Dakota. The trail is intended as a pedestrian trail only.

The trail will be located on property owned by the city or on public street right-of-ways where the development won't hamper further compatible use of the property; however, if it is necessary the association would move the trail to an acceptable location at no cost to the city.

While the trail is intended to be rustic in character and therefore will involve minimal improvements to the land, the association will be responsible for maintaining those improvements.

In planning and developing the trail, the association has worked closely with the city's planning department, its parks and recreation department, the property management division of the department of administration and with the city engineer to insure that the route is placed in accordance with the city's policies and plans. The proposal has been subject to substantial public scrutiny including the holding of three community-wide meetings on the project and it has received support from all ten neighborhood planning districts, the parks and recreation commission, the city planning commission and the Spirit Mountain recreation area authority. In addition the association continues to work with other affected jurisdictions, such as St. Louis County, Midway Township and the city of Cloquet to make sure that the trail will be successful.