07-0443R


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A REVISED UTILITY LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH THE ST. LOUIS AND LAKE COUNTIES REGIONAL RAILROAD AUTHORITY FOR RELOCATION, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF UTILITIES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LAKEWALK TRAIL FROM 26TH AVENUE EAST TO 36TH AVENUE EAST.

BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:

     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 relocation and operation of city utilities in conjunction with the Lakewalk Recreational Trail from 26th Avenue East to 36th Avenue East and utility relocations at no cost.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution is to authorize an agreement with St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad authority to authorize the city to relocate portions of the utilities presently located in their railroad right-of-way in order to accommodate 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.


In 1952 the city acquired a license from the DM&IRR to locate water and gas utilities on the railroad right-of-way, which utilities are currently in place. The right-of-way has since been transferred to the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad authority.


Pursuant to Resolution 07-0349, the city was authorized to enter into an agreement with the authority for the extension of the Lakewalk Trail from 26th to 36th Avenues East along that right-of-way. Some of the resulting construction will require the relocation of the city’s utilities.


This resolution authorizes a revision of that license to cover the proposed relocation of 310 feet of 24 inch watermain and 365 feet of eight inch sanitary sewer main.