BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into an agreement, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ____________, with Northwest Publications, Inc., accepting easements for chilled water piping on the following-described property in St. Louis County, Minnesota, and setting forth the terms thereof:
Lot 70 and the westerly 25 feet of Lot 68, West First Street, DULUTH PROPER First Division.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to authorize an agreement with Northwest Publications, the owner of the Duluth News Tribune authorizing Duluth Steam District No. 1 to run chilled water piping over the garage building to the east of the old water and gas building, owned by Northwest Publications, as part of its new chilled water supply enterprise.
For some time, the Duluth Steam Co-op had been planning to expand its operations to include the provision of chilled water for air conditioning to compliment its historic operations which focused on provision of steam for winter heating. The water and gas building had been chosen as the best location for its chiller and other related equipment. Steam piping and related equipment is located at the alley level with the chiller facilities being on the roof. In order to protect the marketability of the building, connective piping was first planned to run over the alley but concerns were raised about large truck traffic using the alley (especially trucks making deliveries to the News Tribune) and the possibility that damage to the chiller facilities over the alley could occur.
The News Tribune proposed that the piping be run through and over their garage building to the east of the water and gas building and they offered easements at no cost to the city or to the co-op to accommodate this use. The easement agreement provides that the city, through the co-op, will use the easements for the chiller transmission lines and that they will protect the integrity of the buildings.