04-0772R


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPLICATION FOR AND ACCEPTANCE OF A $8,850 GRANT FROM MNDNR FOR A WATER PROTECTION EDUCATION PROGRAM AND PROVIDE LOCAL MATCH.

BY COUNCILOR STOVER:

     WHEREAS, the state of Minnesota, through the Minnesota department of natural resources, division of waters, administers financial assistance for coastal program management purposes through Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal program; and

     WHEREAS, the city of Duluth desires financial assistance from Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal program for the purposes of developing a water protection education program for restaurants and food service establishments.

     RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to prepare and submit a grant application to the Minnesota department of natural resources in the amount of $8,850 for said educational activities.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to act as legal sponsor of said grant, to accept said grant if tendered by the Minnesota department of natural resources and to deposit grant funds tendered in Fund 0530, Agency 500, Division 1915, Object 5441, to execute any documents required to be executed to accept such grant and to obligate up to $4,751 in match provided as in-kind services from city staff and $50 in expenses from Fund 0530, Division 1915, Object 5441.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to request grant funds to fund an educational program to address restaurant and food service behaviors that can result in backed up sewers, and increased charges for water treatment. The program is intended to increase awareness of food service establishments of their responsibilities for conserving water, limiting oil, grease and solid matter in the sanitary water stream and maintaining their garbage areas in a manner to minimize pollution to the environment. City staff would develop the program with feedback from the St. Louis county health department and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. The program will address both stormwater education and collection system outreach requirements.