BY COUNCILOR REINERT:
RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to enter into an agreement substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ____________ with the St. Louis and Lake counties regional railroad authority for the construction and operation of the Lakewalk recreational trail from 26th Avenue East to 36th Avenue East and utility relocations at nominal cost.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to authorize an agreement with St. Louis and Lake counties regional railroad authority to authorize the city to utilize a portion of the railroad right-of-way for the construction and operation of the Lakewalk recreational trail and certain utility relocations.
The authority controls the railroad easement and operates on the trackage that runs along the lakeshore to “Lemon Drop Hill” and then crosses I-35 and runs along the north side of London Road out to 60th Avenue East and beyond to Two Harbors and the Range. They use the trackage primarily for tourist train facilities but also allow some freight shipments to use the corridor when needed.
The city’s Lakewalk trail currently runs from the ship canal to the city-owned parking lot on the north side of London Road at Lemon Drop Hill and the city has received state and federal funding which will allow us to extend the trail to 36th Avenue East with a commitment in future years to fund future extensions, hopefully all the way to Brighton Beach.
The present plan is to use railroad right-of-way to provide the pathway necessary for the trail, which is under the control of the authority. By this agreement the authority will grant the city a 25 year license (subject to termination by the authority) to construct and maintain the trail on the right-of-way. In addition the agreement will authorize certain utility relocations include approximately 300 feet of 24 inch watermain and eight inch sanitary around the 2900 block. Also, storm sewer work is authorized consisting of culvert crossings at various locations across the path. The cost will be $1 per year.