BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:
RESOLVED, that pursuant to Section 61(b) of the Home Rule Charter of the city of Duluth, the city council hereby orders the improvement, to city of Duluth standards, of those streets, avenues and parkways set forth in Public Document No. _____________ on file with the office of the city clerk; that the costs of said improvement estimated at $2,775,300 shall be paid from the Street Improvement Fund 0440 and that one-fourth or less of said costs be levied against the property specifically benefitted by said improvements.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the engineering staff shall meet and confer with interested members of each neighborhood involved in the program to gather public input and address public concerns involving various street design elements including but not limited to street width, boulevard design and width, tree removal and replacement, driveways and traffic patterns.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution orders the reconstruction of approximately 1.67 miles of streets in four neighborhoods for the 2008 street improvement program. This ordering of that construction is being done under Section 61(b) of the City Charter, which permits the council to do so by 7/9th vote when 25 percent or less of the cost of construction is assessed against benefitting properties, and the balance of the costs is paid from other funds, in this case the street improvement program fund.
The 2008 street improvement project recommendations were developed by the public works department and reviewed by planning, community development and other city staff members. Selection criteria included street condition and street maintenance history, storm drainage requirements, water main break history, project compactness and phasing potential and community development block grant programming.