BY COUNCILOR STAUBER:
RESOLVED, that the city council objects to the reclassification to nonconservation and sale of the following tax forfeited parcels by the board of county commissioners of Saint Louis County:
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution exercises authority granted to municipalities by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 282, to disapprove of reclassification of tax forfeited lands from conservation to non-conservation upon notification from the board of commissioners from the county in which the lands are located.
On April 2, 2007, the department of planning and development received notice that the three tax forfeited parcels listed in this resolution were reclassified to non-conservation by the Saint Louis County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on March 20, 2007. This was done in preparation for the sale of these parcels to an adjoining land owner.
Prior to this decision, Jim Benning, acting public works and utilities director, sent a letter to the county board explaining the importance of retaining these parcels in conservation status in order to preserve the city’s ability to expand Joshua Avenue in the future. Both city planning and public works and utilities departments are strong in their objection to the reclassification and sale of these parcels. The city planning commission, at their regular meeting of April 10, 2007, affirmed this recommendation to retain these parcels in conservation status.
This resolution keeps the listed parcels from becoming part of the tax base.