BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
WHEREAS, the city officials have worked with citizens for years to develop suitable facilities for a city wide youth center and public recreation facility; and
WHEREAS, the city of Duluth facilities task force, a large and diverse organization representing over 22 local community groups, has worked for over two years in planning for such a facility; and
WHEREAS, the task force found a profound public need, one that the city has not had the resources to fully meet, for programs and facilities to build the community and help disadvantaged youth; and
WHEREAS, the provision of such a community building facility and the planned programs to utilize it are, and are declared to be, a public purpose; and
WHEREAS, Joan Kroc has made a significant gift in her estate for creating the type of facility needed in Duluth, and that gift and her instructions are administered by the Salvation Army; and
WHEREAS, the central territory of the Salvation Army, which includes Duluth, has issued a request for proposals for programs and facilities of the type needed in Duluth to be funded in part by the gift of Joan Kroc, which gift will include funds for building and funds for an endowment to pay for programming; and
WHEREAS, grants will be given based on several criteria, including local funding match, need, proposed uses, new construction, site donation, programming for disadvantaged youth, and substantial local partnerships; and
WHEREAS, the task force and city officials have identified a project to fulfill the public need and the grant criteria in approximately the following amounts:
Building fund - $28 million - Kroc grant
Endowment fund - $14 million - Kroc grant
Endowment fund - $14 million - Local share, including $6 million from city of Duluth; and
WHEREAS, the Salvation Army Northern Division is making a request for letters of interest.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the city of Duluth:
(a) The need, as found by the task force, is a public need and fulfilling it is a public purpose;
(b) The proper city officials are requested to complete any necessary letter of interest or grant application;
(c) The program funding authorized for grant application purposes is approximately that described above, all city contributions to be used for the public purpose;
(d) The city intends to contribute up to the amount stated above, to the extent reasonably and legally possible, including $1.2 million per year over five years from city revenues from Fond du Luth Casino operations, if such commitment is contained in a grant contract with the Salvation Army or others, for the Kroc grant described above.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution memorializes the city commitment to secure a grant in order to construct and operate a new community center with recreation and program aspects in aquatics, ice hockey, gym sports and others. It helps the mayor secure the required private funding and shows the city’s intent to participate, as required, in the funding of the project.