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 placing stream and creek signage along Duluth right-of-ways.
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 $14,578 for said signage 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 $5,349 in match provided as in-kind services from city staff and $50 in supplies from Fund 0530, Division 1915, Object 5441.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to fund a program designed to increase the awareness of local residents of the 42 streams that cross the city and their importance to the area as a resource. One obvious way to increase awareness is to label the streams. The current project would identify location and apply appropriate signage naming the stream and reminding the residents that all streams are part of the Lake Superior watershed. The proposed grant provides an opportunity to expand stormwater education beyond minimum permit requirements and perhaps establish more neighborhood ownership of creeks.