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 establishing demonstration rain gardens at the Garfield Service Center, 520 Garfield Avenue.
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 $12,300 for said project.
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 $5,465 in match provided as in-kind services from city staff and equipment hours.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of the resolution is to authorize a grant application for a demonstration rain garden at the site of the Garfield Service Center.
The recently completed Garfield service center is an excellent site to put in place stormwater treatment practices to reflect the city’s goal of promoting stormwater management. The above grant would provide funding for plants and soils replacement required to put in place two or more gardens or demonstrations projects such as swales that would serve as public examples of methods for controlling and treating stormwater prior to leaving the site. The projects would move the city into a proactive position in stormwater treatment activities and provide examples for both commercial and residential consideration. City staff will design, layout and turn soil for the gardens. The grant will provide money for plants, soil and rock required.