BY COUNCILOR GILBERT: RESOLVED, that the Saint Louis County Board of Commissioners is hereby requested to free convey to the city of Duluth the following tax forfeited parcel for an 18 acre public recreation and outdoor education area.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This free conveyance of tax-forfeited land to the city is a public-to-public transfer; therefore, there is no tax base impact at this time. In addition, the land will not be available to join the tax base in the future. This resolution requests that the Saint Louis County Board of Commissioners free-convey the described tax forfeited land for the development of an 18 acre public recreation and outdoor education area near Marshall School. Projected uses include:
(a) Environmental education conducted by Marshall School for its students;
(b) Forest park and trail purposes for the surrounding neighborhoods;
(c) Wetland and bog preservation area to protect area stormwater drainage;(d) Scenic maple-hardwood forest area preservation.
On May 24, 2004, the city council adopted Resolution 04-0362, a “resolution of intent for the conceptual approval of an apartment and housing project and natural area on tax forfeited land along Rice Lake Road near Blackman Avenue and Pecan Avenue.” The resolution of intent indicated that the council favored creating public park space on tax-forfeited land south of the unbuilt Davis Street right-of-way. The subject area is within this area. This request was reviewed by the city planning commission at its regular meeting of Tuesday, November 9, 2004. The commissioners voted unanimously to recommend that the city council request the free conveyance of this property to the city of Duluth. In addition, this request was reviewed by the city parks and recreation commission at its regular meeting Wednesday, November 10, 2004. The commissioners voted unanimously to support the free conveyance, recommending the uses listed in the staff report.