BY COUNCILOR ATKINS:
WHEREAS, the city of Duluth and Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) are co-permittees in a five-year permit issued by the Minnesota pollution control agency (MPCA) and are required by order of the U.S. environmental protection agency to control or eliminate all sanitary sewer overflows by 2007; and
WHEREAS, the city and WLSSD have requested grant support through congress to make infrastructure improvements to control or eliminate overflows; and
WHEREAS, congress appropriated funds for this purpose in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 (act); and
WHEREAS, Line-Item No. 538 of the act provides a grant of $300,000 to the city for wastewater infrastructure improvements; and
WHEREAS, Line-Item No. 540 provides a grant of $250,000 to the city and WLSSD for wastewater infrastructure improvements; and
WHEREAS, the city agrees that the consolidation of these two grants will provide for a more effective use of these resources; and
WHEREAS, the infrastructure which is to be improved with these consolidated grant funds is under the jurisdiction of WLSSD.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city requests that the U.S. environmental protection agency grant the funds appropriated in the act to WLSSD.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city communicate with the sponsoring legislator (Senator Mark Dayton) regarding the request that the grants be consolidated and directed to WLSSD.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Both the city and WLSSD have an obligation to control or eliminate sewer system overflows. Strategically, the city has concentrated its grant requests to the state, and WLSSD, being a regional service provider has submitted grant requests to the federal government. WLSSD has worked strenuously supporting the city’s requests to the state legislature and the city has reciprocated by supporting their requests to the EPA.
The subject EPA grant was a result of a WLSSD grant request in excess of $5 million for system improvements to eliminate overflows in the WLSSD collector system. The city had not requested these funds. It is anticipated that these grant dollars will be used to fund improvements in the WLSSD system that will control or eliminate overflows that occur within the city.