BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
WHEREAS, the Minnesota department of transportation (Mn/DOT), St. Louis County and the City of Duluth have previously adopted the Miller Trunk Highway Implementation Plan for needed improvements to T.H. 53 (Miller Trunk Highway); and
WHEREAS, Mn/DOT intends to proceed with the reconstruction of TH. 53 (Miller Trunk Highway) from approximately Trinity Road to approximately Haines Road in 2007-2008 as outlined in the Miller Trunk Highway Implementation Plan; and
WHEREAS, St. Louis County and the City of Duluth have previously agreed to participate in this project through the reconstruction of adjacent county roads and city streets as appropriate; and
WHEREAS, Mn/DOT, St. Louis County and the City of Duluth desire to hire a consulting engineer to provide the engineering services required for design and construction phases of this project; and
WHEREAS, Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc. (SEH), has been selected by Mn/DOT in cooperation with St. Louis County and the City of Duluth as the consultant to provide these engineering services in connection with this project.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into joint contract in substantially the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ____________________ with the Minnesota department of transportation, St. Louis County and Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc., to provide such engineering services.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the cost of said engineering services, estimated at $336,982.15, will be payable from the Permanent Improvement Fund 0411, Department/Agency 035, Organization 2105, Object 5530, and would be reimbursed from the city’s municipal state aid construction account.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution will authorize entering into a joint agreement with Mn/DOT, St. Louis County and SEH for professional engineering services required to design and construct street and utility improvements associated with the reconstruction of a segment of Miller Trunk Highway (Th 53). As outlined in the Miller Trunk Highway Implementation Plan as adopted by Mn/DOT, St. Louis County and the City of Duluth in 2003, the City is responsible for the design and construction of various City streets adjacent to Miller Trunk Highway - including Maple Grove Road (from Joshua Avenue to new Burning Tree Drive), Burning Tree Drive (from Mall Drive to Maple Grove Road), and Mall Drive adjacent to Maple Grove Road. In a documented consultant selection process led by Mn/DOT, SEH was selected as the engineering consultant for design services relative to the project. Based on the cost proposal developed through agreement by all parties, the cost for engineering services for those City street segments included in the project is estimated at $336,982.15. Funding for these engineering services-as well as the non-Federal portion of actual construction costs associated with the City’s share of this project–will be from the City’s Municipal State Aid construction account.