BY COUNCILOR JOHNSON:
RESOLVED, that the board of commissioners of Saint Louis County is hereby requested to classify the following two parcels as nonconservation:
Parcel 1: Lands in the city of Duluth, Section 1, Township 50 North, Range 14 West, that part of south 1/2 of northeast 1/4 described as follows: beginning at the center of said Section 1; thence east along the east-west quarter line the distance of 1,519.61 feet to a point; thence north the distance of 125 feet to a point; thence east on a line parallel with the east-west quarter line the distance of 100 feet to a point; thence north the distance of 475 feet to a point; thence west on a line parallel with the said east-west quarter line the distance of 1,617.78 feet to a point on the north-south quarter line of said Section 1; thence south 0 degrees, 10-1/2 minutes west the distance of 600 feet along said north-south quarter line to point of beginning and there terminating. EXCEPT all that part thereof that lies between the middle line of Amity Creek as shown on the plat which is attached to deed bearing Doc. No. 91805 filed in the office of the registrar of titles and made a part thereof, and a line beginning at the center of said Section 1 and running east therefrom on the quarter line of said Section 1 a distance of 466 feet to a point; and also that part or parcel of said 40 acres which is bounded to-wit: beginning at the point last given which is on the east-west quarter line of said Section 1,466 feet east of the center thereof, running thence north a distance of 52.72 feet; thence east on a line parallel with the east-west quarter line of said Section 1, a distance of 50 feet to a point; thence easterly at an angle 7 degrees 36 minutes to the left a distance of 387.5 feet to a point; thence in a direct line to the southeast corner of said 40 acres, thence west along the east-west quarter line the distance of 853.61 feet to the point of beginning. (2710-40).
Parcel 2: Lands in the city of Duluth, Section 1, Township 50 North, Range 14 West, that part of southeast 1/4 of northeast 1/4 described as follows: beginning at a point 200 feet east and 125 feet north of the southwest corner of said southeast 1/4 of northeast 1/4; thence south 25 feet to a point; thence east to East Duluth and Lester River Road; thence northeasterly along the westerly right-of-way of said road to a point on the south line of Auditor’s Plat No. 12; thence westerly 439.75 feet to point of beginning and there terminating. Approximately 0.99 acres (2710-35).
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth hereby requests that the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners recommend to the commissioner of revenue that said parcels be conveyed to the city of Duluth under the “Free Conveyance” provisions of Minnesota Statutes 282.01 (subd.1) for public purposes; namely the utilization of this property, using established best management practices (BMP) for the city’s ongoing separation, disposal and appropriate reuse of native soil excavation materials generated by the city’s utility operations division, thereby reducing the city’s overall expenditures for transportation and providing a needed site for the proper handling of these materials.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution requests that the subject tax forfeited properties be reclassified from conservation to nonconservation and conveyed to the city by free conveyance. This is an approximately 20 acre tract of land west of Jean Duluth Road adjacent to the “Morningside Pit” which is presently owned by the city. It is proposed that these lands be assembled into an area of suitable size and used for the proper storage, handling, disposal and appropriate reuse of native soil excavation materials generated by the utility operations division in the normal course of their work. These excavation materials will be properly separated and handled according to MPCA requirements and best management practices (BMP)on an ongoing basis. Acquisition of this site will reduce transport hauling distances especially for utility excavations in the eastern part of the city. Use of this site will translate into significant cost savings for the city.
In several years, once this site has accepted all the fill materials it can, it will be properly graded and rehabilitated back to it’s original, pre-gravel pit natural condition, or further developed for a, yet to be determined, public recreation purpose.
This free conveyance of tax forfeited land to the city is a public-to-public transfer; therefore, there is no tax base impact at this time. In addition, the land will not be available to join the tax base in the future.