04-0738R


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT OF $13,425.94 TO SLCSWCD AS AGENT FOR MILLER CREEK JOINT POWERS BOARD AS LOCAL SHARE OF MILLER CREEK SEDIMENT TRAP PROJECT.

BY COUNCILOR STOVER:

     RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are hereby authorized to reimburse the St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District as fiscal agent for the Miller Creek joint powers board, the sum of $13,425.94 to pay the local share of the costs of construction of the Miller Creek sediment trap project located adjacent to the Miller Hill Mall; said sum to be payable from the Stormwater Utility Fund 0535, Agency 500, Organization 1915, Object 5439.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize reimbursement of the St. Louis county soil and water conservation district (the “District”), as agent for the Miller Creek joint powers board (the “Board”), for the local share of the total costs of constructing the Miller Creek sediment trap project adjacent to the Sears store in Miller Hill mall.


The Board has been actively working for several years on various projects to improve Miller Creek, particularly as it flows through the mall area and through Duluth Heights. Among the needs for the creek was to construct sediment control facilities along the creek.


In early 2004, the Board was awarded a grant in the amount of $60,000 for various stream improvements including the construction of a sediment trap in the stream adjacent to the Sears store in the Miller Hill mall; the St. Louis county soil and water conservation district agreed to act as the Board’s fiscal agent for handling project funds. One of the requirements of the grant was that 25% in local matching funds be provided for each project. As the work is located in Duluth and Duluth is the primary beneficiary of the stream improvements, staff agreed to recommend to the council that the city provide the local share out of the Stormwater Utility budget.


Construction of the project has now been completed and the total cost of it was $53,703.77. Therefore, this resolution authorizes reimbursement equal to 25% of that cost be made to the District as agent for the Board.