07-0554R


RESOLUTION AWARDING A CONTRACT TO MIDWEST REGION GAS TASK FORCE ASSOCIATION FOR MEMBERSHIP FOR THE YEAR 2007 IN THE AMOUNT OF $17,891.74.

BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:

     RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into a contract with Midwest Region gas task force for membership for the year 2007 for the natural gas division in accordance with the fee of $17,891.74, payable out of Gas Fund 520, Department/Agency 500, Organization 1915, Object 5319.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution will authorize the membership fee for year 2007 to Midwest Region Gas Task Force Association in the amount of $17,891.74, to be paid from Gas Fund 520. The fee is primarily for legal services pertaining to pending tax litigation related to transporting natural gas to the city of Duluth through Northern Natural Gas Company’s system. The membership consists of 20 utilities that do not have in-house legal staff with expertise in Kansas laws or FERC filings. The Midwest Region Gas Task Force Association has hired an attorney to represent them in these matters.