DISCLAIMER

 

07-0736R


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AGREEMENT WITH THE ST. LOUIS AND LAKE COUNTIES REGIONAL RAILROAD AUTHORITY, HENNEPIN COUNTY REGIONAL RAILROAD AUTHORITY, ISANTI COUNTY, PINE COUNTY, MILLE LACS BAND OF OJIBWA AND ST. LOUIS COUNTY FOR A FEASIBILITY STUDY IN THE AMOUNT OF $40,000.

BY COUNCILOR REINERT:

     RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to enter into an agreement with the St. Louis and Lake counties regional railroad authority, Hennepin County regional railroad authority, Isanti County, Pine County, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa and St. Louis County to fund a comprehensive feasibility study and business plan to evaluate restoring passenger rail service between Duluth and the Twin Cities, Minnesota, at a cost to the city of Duluth of not to exceed $40,000, said sum to be payable from the reserve for capital improvement fund balance in the tourism tax fund (258).


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize the city to enter into an agreement with the St. Louis and Lake counties regional railroad authority, Hennepin County regional railroad authority, Isanti County, Pine County, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa and St. Louis County to fund a comprehensive feasibility study and business plan to evaluate restoring passenger rail service between Duluth and the Twin Cities.


On April 24, 2006, the city, by Resolution 06-0287, committed to provide $40,000 to pay for approximately 13 percent of anticipated $300,000 of feasibility study with the remainder being split between the other named parties. This agreement is the format for meeting that commitment.


At this time, the study is underway and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2007.