04-0230R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SETTLEMENT OF A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY BY THE MINNESOTA CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION.

BY COUNCILOR STEWART:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the city attorney is authorized to execute and implement any document needed to settle and resolve the pending lawsuit in federal district court, Civil File No. 04-1079, by agreeing to substantially those terms and conditions set out in the proposed settlement agreement on file with the clerk as Public Document No. _______.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution directs settlement of the lawsuit about the Ten Commandments artifact. Terms of the settlement are:
1.City will remove the artifact and cease public display of it.
2.City will dispose of it by transferring ownership and possession to a nongovernmental entity no later than August 15, 2004.
3.City will not take back the artifact nor erect any other similar Ten Commandments display. Violation will make the city liable for $10,000 damages.
4.Lawsuit will be dismissed. No payment.