DISCLAIMER

07-0189R


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING APPLICATION FOR AND, IF APPROVED, THE ACCEPTANCE OF HAZMAT REGIONAL RESPONSE TEAM CONTRACTS WITH MINNESOTA HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE MANAGEMENT DIVISION FOR CHEMICAL ASSESSMENT TEAM AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM PURPOSES IN THE AMOUNT OF $165,000.

BY COUNCILOR LITTLE:

     RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to apply for and, if approved, accept with the state of Minnesota, through the Minnesota department of safety, department of homeland security and emergency management, a contract in the amount of up to $45,000, to be deposited into Fund 100, Agency 100, Organization 1505, Revenue Source 4210-02, in accordance with that request for proposals pertaining thereto published in the Minnesota State Register in Volume 31, No. 34, Page 1152, on February 20, 2007, to provide services as a hazardous materials chemical assessment team.

     FURTHER RESOLVED, that said officials are hereby authorized to apply for and, if approved, accept with the state of Minnesota, through the Minnesota department of safety, department of homeland security and emergency management, a contract in the amount of up to $120,000, to be deposited into Fund 100, Agency 100, Organization 1505, Revenue Source 4210-02, in accordance with that request for proposals pertaining thereto published in the Minnesota State Register in Volume 31, No. 34, Page 1152, on February 20, 2007, to serve as a hazard materials emergency response team.

     FURTHER RESOLVED, that John Strongitharm, chief of the city’s fire department, is hereby designated to administer any contract and any grant offered to the city pursuant to either of both of the above applications.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize the city to apply for and, if approved, accept grants from the state department of homeland security and emergency management to act as either a hazardous materials chemical assessment team or as a hazardous materials emergency response team.


Hazardous materials emergency response teams (ERTs) are intended to assist local authorities at the scene of a hazardous materials incident by taking actions necessary to protect life, property and the environment from the effects of a release of hazardous materials, including preventing the release where possible, mitigating the effects of the release and stabilizing the emergency situation. The hazardous materials chemical assessment teams (CATs) are intended to assist local authorities at the scene of a hazardous materials incident by providing simple mitigation to a hazardous materials incident and are required to recommend to the local incident manager the best means of controlling the hazard.


At present, there is only one ERT designated for the entire state of Minnesota and several CATs which serve a more regional function. The state requests proposals periodically for both ERTs and CATs. Duluth has been a CAT since early in the life of the program, but is also equipped and able to serve as an ERT if one is designated for this area. Thus, the city will be applying for both designations.


The state requires that applications be accompanied by a resolution of the city authorizing the applications and designating the city’s authorized administrator of its program.