DISCLAIMER

 

05-0786R AS AMENDED


RESOLUTION SETTING THE CITY’S PRIORITIES FOR BONDING PROJECTS BEFORE THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN 2006.

BY PRESIDENT NESS:

     The city finds:

     The city administration and council wish to establish a clear set of priorities with respect to capital budget (bonding) projects which the city supports in the 2006 legislative session; and

     The city administration and council have devoted meeting time and discussion to city bonding priorities; and

     The city administration and council choose to support a number of projects which are of vital interest to the community.

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the bonding priorities for the city of Duluth for the 2006 session, in order of priority, are the following:

     (a)  The city’s first priority is the bonding request to construct a new arena at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. This is necessary to facilitate the University of Minnesota-Duluth men’s and women’s hockey programs and to expand the opportunity to attract more and larger concerts and conventions to the region and state;

     (b)  Pre-design, design and construction of roadway improvements, signage and interpretive kiosks to the Skyline Parkway corridor;

     (c)  Pre-design and design development relating to Bayfront Slip #2 for public water access;

     (d)  Northeastern Minnesota rail initiative and St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center improvements;

     (e)  Pre-design, design and construction costs to upgrade pumps, filters and rock work in the existing polar shores area of the zoo and for walkways and utilities to develop the Lake Superior Zoo master plan;

     (f)  Pre-design and design of a multi-purpose building for a Native American heritage center at the Spirit Mountain recreation area.

     FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city staff and elected officials will take the lead role in advancing these initiatives during the 2006 legislative session.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution sets the city’s priorities for capital budget projects that will be presented to the legislature for approval in the upcoming session.