04-0221R

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A GRANT APPLICATION TO THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES REMEDIATION FUND GRANT PROGRAM FOR FUNDING FOR THE PURCHASE OF PROPERTY WITHIN GRASSY POINT.

BY PRESIDENT STAUBER:

BE IT RESOLVED, as follows:
(a) That the city of Duluth act as legal sponsor for the project contained in the remediation fund grant program application to be submitted by March 31, 2004, and that the director of administrative services is hereby authorized to apply to the department of natural resources for funding for this project on behalf to the city of Duluth;
(b) That the city of Duluth has the legal authority to apply for financial assistance and ensure adequate management and protection;
(c) That the city of Duluth has not incurred any costs and has not entered into a written purchase agreement for the property;
(d) That upon approval of its application by the state, the city of Duluth after city council approval and acceptance of the grant agreement document may enter into an agreement with the state of Minnesota for the above referenced project, and that once approved by the Duluth City Council, the city of Duluth will then certify that it will comply with all applicable laws and regulations as stated in the grant agreement including dedicating the project property for natural resource conservation and protection uses in perpetuity;
(e) That in the event of title discrepancies or encumbrances that the department of natural resources deems interfere with the purpose for which these funds were granted, or if department of natural resources determine that the project or property is no longer used and maintained for its original purpose, the city of Duluth shall reimburse DNR for the state funds received for the project;
(f) That the director of administrative services is hereby authorized to execute and file an application and related documents as are necessary to complete the project application on behalf of the city.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution authorizes and supports the city's application to the Minnesota department of natural resources remediation fund grant program for funding for the purchase of property owned by the Burlington Northern Railroad within the Grassy Point area. Once this property has been successfully acquired, construction of the Grassy Point Trail can then resume to completion.