BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
RESOLVED, that the proper city officials, acting as fiscal agent for the Regional Stormwater Protection Team (RSPT), are hereby authorized to apply for and to accept, if offered, a Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal program grant administered through the Minnesota department of natural resources in the amount of $15,000 for the purposes of working with the South St. Louis soil and water conservation district to develop best management practice workshops and information for small businesses and volunteer groups demonstrating practices for protecting Lake Superior and for continuing general public outreach, which funds shall be paid into Fund 535, Org. 1915, Activity 5439.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to act as legal sponsor of said grant, to execute any documents required to be executed to accept such grant and to obligate up to $3,000 in match provided as in-kind services from RSPT members and $2,000 in cash, materials and room rental from RSPT partner organizations, which funds shall be paid from Fund 535, Organization 1915, Activity 5439.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to authorize the city to apply for and accept, if offered, a grant in the amount of $15,000 from Minnesota’s Lake Superior coastal program for the purposes of working with the South St. Louis soil and water conservation district to develop best management practice workshops and information for small businesses and volunteer groups demonstrating practices for protecting Lake Superior and for continuing general public outreach.
The city of Duluth has held an active leadership role with the regional stormwater protection team (the “RSPT”) which consists of cities of Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Proctor and Cloquet, the townships of Midway, Duluth and Rice Lake, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Wisconsin Superior, the Minnesota DNR, the MPCA, Lake Superior College, Mn/DOT, the Wisconsin DNR, the Fond du Lac Reservation, the St. Louis River Citizens’ Advisory Committee, the South St. Louis County soil and water conservation district, NEMO, Minnesota Sea Grant, the Natural Resources Research Institute of University of Minnesota, St. Louis County and the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. The RSPT was established in 2003 and has received over $125,000 in grant money to assist regional groups and individual with water quality project and to promote a region wide water quality message. The current grant would extend that effort.
The grant would target ways that volunteer groups can get involved in water protection activities and would target small construction and landscaping projects that fall below the regulatory controls for erosion and stormwater protection.
The city, as fiscal agent for the RSPT, would commit to provide a local matching commitment of $5,000, $3,000 of which would be in the form of staff time and $2,000 of which would be in cash or in the value of materials and room rental; all of the local match would be provided by the various RSPT partners.