BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
WHEREAS, the commissioner of the department of transportation has prepared a final layout and project report for the reconstruction of part of Trunk Highway 53 (Miller Trunk Highway), Joshua Avenue, Cottonwood Avenue, Burning Tree Drive, Sundby Road, Page Street, Mall Drive, Maple Grove Road and Frontage Road within the corporate limits of the city of Duluth and seeks the approval thereof; and
WHEREAS, said final layout and project report are on file in the office of the department of transportation, St. Paul, Minnesota, being marked, labeled and identified as S.P. 6915-129, T.H. 53 Layout 2.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that said final layout and project report for the improvement of said trunk highway within the corporate limits of Duluth are hereby approved.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution approves the final layout for the reconstruction of various roads near the Miller Hill Mall area. Such project to include portions of Joshua Avenue, Cottonwood Avenue, Burning Tree Drive, Sundby Road, Page Street, Mall Drive, Maple Grove Road and Frontage Road and will allow the Minnesota department of transportation to proceed to the construction phase of the project. Local approval and public hearings are project prerequisites under Minnesota Statutes sections 161.162 to 161.167. These statutory provisions provide that a public hearing must be held on the final layout after 30 days notice to the public. The public hearing will be held on September 26, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the city council chamber. A final hearing on the final layout and project report needs to be held to comply with the statute. This hearing requirement was added in the 2001 legislative session.