BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth has approved the contamination cleanup grant application to be submitted to the department of employment and economic development (DEED) on November 1, 2006, by the city of Duluth for the Garfield Site-Outlot A site.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth act as the legal sponsor for project contained in the Garfield Site-Outlot A contamination cleanup grant program submitted on November 1, 2006, and that the mayor is hereby authorized to apply to the department of employment and economic development for funding of this project on behalf of the city of Duluth.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth has the legal authority to apply for financial assistance, and the institutional, managerial and financial capability to ensure adequate project administration.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the sources and amounts of the local match identified in the application are committed to the project identified, which shall be the developer, Sherman Associates, d/b/a Garfield Business Park II, LLC, and which amount shall be no less than 25 percent of total project costs which are currently estimated at $572,285.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth has not violated any federal, state or local laws pertaining to fraud, bribery, graft, kickbacks, collusion, conflict of interest or other unlawful or corrupt practice.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon approval of its application by the state, the city of Duluth may enter into an agreement with the state of Minnesota for the above-referenced project(s), and that the city of Duluth certifies that it will comply with all applicable laws and regulation as stated in all contract agreements. Grant proceeds will be accounted for in Fund 255, Agency 020, Source 4220-2.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the mayor and the city clerk are hereby authorized to execute such agreements as are necessary to implement the project on behalf of the applicant.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Approval of this resolution allows for the application by the city of Duluth to DEED for a $429,214 contamination clean-up grant on behalf of the Garfield Site-Outlot A site. Estimated total clean-up cost on this site is $572,285; DEED is being requested for 75 percent of that amount, with the balance (local match) provided by the developer, Sherman Associates, Inc., d/b/a Garfield Business Park II, LLC. This grant will provide for contamination clean-up of approximately 15 acres of the former Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail yard. Sherman Associates caused the southerly five acres of the rail yard to be cleaned for development in 2004, after which they built the Garfield enterprise park. The clean-up of this adjacent acreage will allow them to expand this industrial park with the construction of several buildings, paved parking and stormwater ponds.