DISCLAIMER

 

07-0744R


RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE, SALE AND DELIVERY OF $2,340,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION WATER AND SEWER UTILITY REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS, SERIES 2007F; ESTABLISHING THE TERMS AND FORM THEREOF; CREATING A DEBT SERVICE FUND THEREFOR; AND AWARDING THE SALE THEREOF.

BY COUNCILOR STEWART:

     BE IT RESOLVED by the city council of the city of Duluth, Minnesota (the “City”), as follows:

     Section 1. Bond Purpose and Authorization.

     1.01 The City has previously issued its $1,745,000 General Obligation Sewer Utility Revenue Bonds, Series 1999F, dated December 1, 1999 (the “1999 Bonds”), and the City’s $2,100,000 General Obligation Water and Sewer Utilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2000B, dated December 1, 2000 (the “2000 Bonds”). The 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds were authorized and issued pursuant to the City Charter, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475 and other pertinent provisions of Minnesota Statutes.

     1.02 Under and pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475 (the “Act”) and Section 475.67, Subdivisions 1 through 12 of the Act, the City is authorized to issue and sell its general obligation bonds to refund obligations and the interest thereon six months or less before the due date or the redemption date of the obligations, if consistent with covenants made with the holders thereof, when determined by the City to be necessary or desirable for the reduction of debt service cost to the City or for the extension or adjustment of maturities in relation to the resources available for their payment.

     1.03 It is necessary and desirable that in order to reduce debt service costs the City issue $2,340,000 General Obligation Water and Sewer Utility Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2007F (the “Bonds”), to refund the outstanding 1999 Bonds and the outstanding 2000 Bonds maturing on and after February 1, 2008 (the “Refunded Bonds”), of which $2,540,000 in principal amount is outstanding. The 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds maturing on or after February 1, 2009, are subject to prepayment and redemption on February 1, 2008 (February 1, 2008 is herein referred to as the “Redemption Date”).

     1.04 (a) The city has heretofore issued and sold the following: general obligation water utility refunding bonds dated September 1, 1997, now outstanding in the amount of $295,000; general obligation water and sewer utilities revenue bonds dated December 1, 2000, the water utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $1,055,000; general obligation utilities revenue bonds dated September 1, 2002, the water utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $1,330,000; general obligation utilities revenue bonds dated December 1, 2002, the water utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $1,085,000; general obligation water and sewer utilities revenue bonds dated March 1, 2003, the water utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $280,000; general obligation utilities revenue note dated August 25, 2003, authorized in the amount of $970,000; general obligation water utility revenue note dated July 23, 2004, authorized in the amount of $2,485,231, and general obligation utilities revenue bonds dated December 19, 2006, the water utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $1,120,000. Under the provisions of the ordinances and resolutions authorizing said bonds and notes, the city reserved the privilege of issuing additional bonds payable from the net revenues of the municipal water utility on a parity with the bonds and notes dated September 1, 1997, December 1, 2000, September 1, 2002, December 1, 2002, March 1, 2003, August 25, 2003, July 23, 2004, and December 19, 2006.

     (b)  The City reserves the right and privilege of issuing additional bonds and of pledging and appropriating the net revenues of the municipal water utility for the payment thereof, when authorized in accordance with law and the City Charter and determined by the City Council to be necessary for the improvement of the municipal water utility or for the refunding of indebtedness payable from said net revenues, provided that no such pledge shall constitute a lien upon the net revenues superior to the pledge thereof for the payment of the bonds issued hereunder.

     1.05 (a) The city has heretofore issued and sold the following: general obligation water and sewer refunding bonds dated May 1, 1998, the sewer utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $75,000; general obligation sewer and steam utility revenue bonds dated December 1, 1998, the sewer utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $255,000; general obligation sewer utility revenue bonds dated December 1, 1999, now outstanding in the amount of $1,090,000; general obligation water and sewer utilities revenue bonds dated December 1, 2000, the sewer utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $395,000; general obligation gas and sewer utilities revenue bonds dated December 1, 2001, the sewer utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $970,000; general obligation improvement note dated August 8, 2002, authorized in the amount of $364,195; general obligation utilities revenue bonds dated September 1, 2002, the sewer utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $1,574,000; general obligation utilities revenue bonds dated December 1, 2002, the sewer utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $1,435,000; general obligation water and sewer utilities revenue refunding bonds dated March 1, 2003, the sewer utility portion of such bonds now outstanding in the amount of $565,000; general obligation sewer utility revenue note dated December 12, 2003, authorized in the amount of $1,179,115; general obligation sewer utility revenue bonds dated December 1, 2004, now outstanding in the amount of $3,630,000; general obligation sewer utility revenue bonds dated December 19, 2005, now outstanding in the amount of $3,355,000; and general obligation utilities revenue bonds dated December 19, 2006, now outstanding in the amount of $945,000. Under the provisions of the ordinances and resolutions authorizing said bonds, the city reserved the privilege of issuing additional bonds payable from the net revenues of the municipal sewer utility on a parity with the bonds and notes dated May 1, 1998, December 1, 1998, December 1, 1999, December 1, 2000, December 1, 2001, August 8, 2002, September 1, 2002, December 1, 2002, March 1, 2003, December 12, 2003, December 1, 2004, December 19, 2005, and December 19, 2006.

     (b)  The City reserves the right and privilege of issuing additional bonds and of pledging and appropriating the net revenues of the municipal sewer utility for the payment thereof, when authorized in accordance with law and the City Charter and determined by the City Council to be necessary for the improvement of the municipal sewer utility or for the refunding of indebtedness payable from said net revenues, provided that no such pledge shall constitute a lien upon the net revenues superior to the pledge thereof for the payment of the bonds issued hereunder.

     1.06 Public Financial Management, Inc., financial consultant to the City, has given notification by mail, facsimile or electronic data transmission to at least five firms determined by Public Financial Management, Inc. to be prospective bidders on the Bonds at least two days (omitting Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) before the date set for receipt of bids on the Bonds, pursuant to and in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 475.60, Subd. 3. All actions of the mayor, the clerk and Public Financial Management, Inc. taken with regard to the sale of the Bonds are hereby ratified and approved.

     1.07 Pursuant to such solicitation for bids for the sale of the Bonds, the city council has received and considered all bids presented pursuant to the official terms of offering and has determined that the most favorable bid is that of _______________________________________ of ______________________________ (the “Purchaser”), to purchase the Bonds at a cash price of $_____________, upon condition that the Bonds mature and bear interest at the times and annual rates set forth in Section 2. The City, after due consideration, finds such offer reasonable and proper and the offer of the Purchaser is hereby accepted. The mayor and the city clerk are authorized and directed to execute on the part of the City a contract for the sale of the Bonds in accordance with the Purchaser’s bid. The city treasurer is directed to deposit the good faith check of the successful bidder.

     Section 2. Terms of Bonds.

     2.01 The Bonds to be issued hereunder shall be dated as of the date of delivery, as the date of original issue, shall be issued in the denomination of $5,000 each, or any integral multiple thereof, in fully registered form and lettered and numbered R-1 and upward. The Bonds shall mature on February 1 in the respective years and amounts stated and shall bear interest as follows:

Year

Water Utility Portion

Sewer Utility Portion

Amount

Interest Rate

2009

 

 

$265,000

 

2010

 

 

285,000

 

2011

 

 

290,000

 

2012

 

 

310,000

 

2013

 

 

315,000

 

2014

 

 

335,000

 

2015

 

 

345,000

 

2016

 

 

195,000

 

     2.02 The Bonds are not subject to redemption prior to maturity.

     2.03 Interest on the Bonds shall be payable semiannually on February 1 and August 1 in each year (each referred to herein as an “Interest Payment Date”), commencing August 1, 2008. Interest will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months and will be rounded pursuant to the rules of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. The Bond Registrar designated below shall make all interest payments with respect to the Bonds by check or draft mailed to the registered owners of the Bonds shown on the bond registration records maintained by the Bond Registrar at the close of business on the 15th day (whether or not a business day) of the month next preceding the Interest Payment Date at such owners’ addresses shown on such bond registration records.

     2.04 (a)  The Bonds shall be prepared for execution in accordance with the approved form and shall be signed by the manual or facsimile signature of the mayor and attested by the manual or facsimile signature of the city clerk. In case any officer whose signature or a facsimile of whose signature shall appear on the Bonds shall cease to be an officer before delivery of the Bonds, such signature or facsimile shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes, as if he or she had remained in office until delivery.

     (b)  The city clerk is authorized and directed to obtain a copy of the proposed approving legal opinion of Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A. of Duluth, Minnesota, which is to be complete and cause the opinion to be attached to each Bond, together with a certificate to be signed by the manual or facsimile signature of the city clerk in substantially the form set forth in Section 2.11, but only if the opinion is not manually executed. The city clerk is authorized and directed to execute the certificate in the name of the City upon receipt of the opinion, if required by the preceding sentence, and to file the opinion in the City offices.

     2.05 The City hereby appoints Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as registrar, authenticating agent, paying agent and transfer agent for the Bonds (such bank or its successor is herein referred to as the “Bond Registrar”). To provide for the Bond Registrar services, the mayor and the clerk are authorized and directed to execute a bond registrar/paying agent agreement substantially in the form of the agreement currently on file in the office of the city clerk as public document No. 04-0219-02. No Bond shall be valid or obligatory for any purpose until the Bond Registrar’s authentication certificate on such Bond, substantially set forth in Section 2.11 hereof, shall have been duly executed by an authorized representative of the Bond Registrar. Authentication certificates on different Bonds need not be signed by the same representative. The manual signature of one officer of the City or the executed authentication certificate on each Bond shall be conclusive evidence that it has been authenticated and delivered under this resolution.

     2.06 (a) In order to make the Bonds eligible for the services provided by The Depository Trust Company, New York, New York (“DTC”), the City has previously agreed to the applicable provisions set forth in the blanket issuer letter of representations which has been executed by the City and DTC (the “Representation Letter”).

     (b)  All of the Bonds shall be registered in the name of Cede & Co., as nominee for DTC. Payment of interest on and principal of any Bond registered in the name of Cede & Co. shall be made by wire transfer or New York Clearing House or equivalent same day funds by 10:00 a.m. CT or as soon as possible thereafter following the Bond Registrar’s receipt of funds from the City on each Interest Payment Date to the account of Cede & Co. on each Interest Payment Date at the address indicated in or pursuant to the Representation Letter.

     (c)  Additional matters with respect to, among other things, notices, consents and approvals by bond holders and payments on the Bonds are set forth in the Representation Letter.

     2.07 The City shall cause to be kept by the Bond Registrar a bond register in which, subject to such reasonable regulations as the Bond Registrar may prescribe, the City shall provide for the registration of the Bonds and the registration of transfers of the Bonds entitled to be registered or transferred as herein provided. In the event of the resignation or removal of the Bond Registrar or its incapability of acting as such, the bond registration records shall be maintained at the office of the successor Bond Registrar as may be appointed by the city council. Upon surrender for transfer of any Bond at the principal corporate office of the Bond Registrar, the City shall execute and the Bond Registrar shall authenticate, if required by law or this resolution, and deliver, in the name(s) of the designated transferee or transferees, one or more new Bonds of the like aggregate principal amount, as requested by the transferor.

     2.08 Each Bond delivered upon transfer of or in exchange for or in lieu of any other Bond shall carry all of the rights to interest, accrued and unpaid and to accrue, which are carried by such other Bond. Each Bond shall be dated by the Bond Registrar as of the date of its authentication. The City and the Bond Registrar shall not be required to make any transfer or exchange of any Bonds called for redemption or to make any such exchange or transfer of the Bonds during the 15 days next preceding the date of the first publication or the mailing (if there is no publication) of the notice of redemption in the case of a proposed redemption of the Bonds.

     2.09 The City and the Bond Registrar may treat the person in whose name any Bond is registered as the owner of such Bond for the purpose of receiving payment of principal of and interest on such Bond and for all other purposes whatsoever, whether or not such Bond be overdue, and neither the City nor the Bond Registrar shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

     2.10 The principal of and interest on the Bonds shall be payable by the Bond Registrar, as paying agent, in such funds as are legal tender for the payment of debts due the United States of America. The City shall pay the reasonable and customary charges of the Bond Registrar for the disbursement of principal and interest.

     2.11 The Bonds shall be printed or typewritten in substantially the following form:

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

STATE OF MINNESOTA

COUNTY OF ST. LOUIS

 

CITY OF DULUTH

GENERAL OBLIGATION WATER AND SEWER UTILITY REVENUE REFUNDING BOND,                           SERIES 2007F

 

R-_                                                                                                                    $_______

 

Interest Rate

Maturity Date

Date of Original Issue

CUSIP

 

February 1, ____

December __, 2007

 

 

REGISTERED OWNER:CEDE & CO.

 

PRINCIPAL AMOUNT:

 

     The City of Duluth, in St. Louis County, Minnesota (the “City”), for value received, promises to pay to the registered owner specified above, or registered assigns, the principal amount specified above on the maturity date specified above, and to pay interest on said principal amount to the registered owner hereof from the Date of Original Issue, or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, until the principal amount is paid or discharged, said interest being at the rate per annum specified above. Interest is payable semiannually on February 1 and August 1 of each year (each referred to herein as an “Interest Payment Date”) commencing on August 1, 2008. Both principal and interest are payable in lawful money of the United States of America by check or draft at the office of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as the registrar, paying agent, transfer agent and authenticating agent (the “Bond Registrar”), or at the office of such successor bond registrar as may be designated by the City Council. The Bond Registrar shall make the interest payment with respect to this Bond directly to the registered owner hereof shown on the bond registration records maintained on behalf of the City by the Bond Registrar at the close of business on the 15th day of the month next preceding the Interest Payment Date (whether or not a business day), at such owner’s address shown on said bond registration records, without, except for payment of principal on the Bond, the presentation or surrender of this Bond, and all such payments shall discharge the obligations of the City to the extent of the payments so made. Payment of principal shall be made upon presentation and surrender of this Bond to the Bond Registrar when due. For the prompt and full payment of such principal and interest as they become due, the full faith and credit of the City are irrevocably pledged.

 

     This Bond is one of a series issued by the City in the aggregate amount of $2,340,000, all of like date and tenor, except as to number, amount, maturity date and interest rate, pursuant to the authority contained in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475, Section 475.67, Subdivisions 1 through 12, and all other laws thereunto enabling, and pursuant to an authorizing resolution adopted by the governing body of the City on November 29, 2007 (the “Resolution”), and is issued for the purpose of providing money to refund the outstanding principal amount of the $1,745,000 General Obligation Sewer Utility Revenue Bonds, Series 1999F, dated December 1, 1999, and the $2,100,000 General Obligation Water and Sewer Utilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2000B, dated December 1, 2000. That portion of the Bonds issued to refund the municipal water utility portion of the City's General Obligation Water and Sewer Utilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2000B, dated December 1, 2000 (the "Water Utility Portion of the Bonds"), are payable from the net revenues to be derived from the operation of the municipal water utility of the City, as set forth in the Resolution to which reference is made for a full statement of rights and powers thereby conferred. That portion of the Bonds issued to refund the City's General Obligation Sewer Utility Revenue Bonds, Series 1999F, dated December 1, 1999, and the municipal sewer utility portion of the City's General Obligation Water and Sewer Utilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2000B, dated December 1, 2000 (the "Sewer Utility Portion of the Bonds"), are payable from the net revenues to be derived from the operation of the municipal sewer utility of the City, as set forth in the Resolution to which reference is made for a full statement of rights and powers thereby conferred. In the Resolution, the City has pledged and appropriated the net revenues to be derived from the operation of the municipal water utility in excess of normal, reasonable and current costs of the operation and maintenance of such utility, for the payment of the principal and interest when due on the Water Utility Portion of the Bonds, and has covenanted and agreed that it will impose and collect just and equitable charges for all use and for the availability of all facilities of the municipal water utility at the times and in the amounts required to pay the normal, reasonable and current expenses of operating and maintaining such facilities, and also to produce net revenues at least adequate at all times to pay the principal and interest due on the Water Utility Portion of the Bonds. In the Resolution, the City has pledged and appropriated the net revenues to be derived from the operation of the municipal sewer utility in excess of normal, reasonable and current costs of the operation and maintenance of the utility, for the payment of the principal and interest when due on the Sewer Utility Portion of the Bonds, and has covenanted and agreed that it will impose and collect just and equitable charges for all use and for the availability of all facilities of the municipal sewer utility at the times and in the amounts required to pay the normal, reasonable and current expenses of operating and maintaining such facilities, and also to produce net revenues at least adequate at all times to pay the principal and interest due on the Sewer Utility Portion of the Bonds. The principal hereof and interest hereon are payable primarily from net revenues to be derived from the operation of the municipal water and sewer utilities of the City, as set forth in the Resolution to which reference is made for a full statement of rights and powers thereby conferred.

 

     The Bonds are not subject to redemption prior to maturity.

 

     The Bonds of this series are issued as fully registered bonds without coupons, in the denomination of $5,000 or any integral multiple thereof. Subject to limitations set forth in the Resolution, this Bond is transferable by the registered owner hereof upon surrender of this Bond for transfer at the principal corporate office of the Bond Registrar, duly endorsed or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Bond Registrar and executed by the registered owner hereof or the owner’s attorney duly authorized in writing. Thereupon the City shall execute and the Bond Registrar shall authenticate, if required by law and the Resolution, and deliver, in exchange for this Bond, one or more new fully registered bonds in the name of the transferee, of an authorized denomination, in an aggregate principal amount equal to the unpaid principal amount of this Bond, of the same maturity and bearing interest at the same rate.

 

     IT IS CERTIFIED AND RECITED that all acts and conditions required by the Charter of the City and by the laws and the Constitution of the State of Minnesota to be done, and to exist precedent to and in the issuance of this Bond in order to make it a valid and binding general obligation of the City in accordance with its terms, have been done and do exist in form, time, and manner as so required; that all taxable property within the corporate limits of the City is subject to the levy of ad valorem taxes to the extent needed to pay the principal hereof and the interest hereon when due, without limitation as to rate or amount; and that the issuance of this Bond does not cause the indebtedness of the City to exceed any constitutional, statutory or charter limitation.

 

     This Bond shall not be valid or become obligatory for any purpose or be entitled to any security or benefit under the Resolution until the Bond Registrar’s Authentication Certificate hereon shall have been executed by the Bond Registrar by one of its authorized representatives.

 

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the City of Duluth, Minnesota, by its City Council, has caused this Bond to be executed in its name by the facsimile signatures of the Mayor and the City Clerk.

 

Attest:

 

______________________________     ______________________________

Clerk                                                  Mayor

 

Date of Authentication: _____________________

 

BOND REGISTRAR’S AUTHENTICATION CERTIFICATE

 

     The Bond Registrar confirms that the books reflect the ownership of a Bond registered in the name of the owner named above, in the principal amount stated above, and this Bond is one of the Bonds of the series issued pursuant to the Resolution hereinabove described.

 

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

Bond Registrar

 

By____________________________

  Authorized Representative

 

REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE

 

     This Bond must be registered as to both principal and interest in the name of the owner on the books to be kept by Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as Bond Registrar. No transfer of this Bond shall be valid unless made on said books by the registered owner or the owner’s attorney thereunto duly authorized and similarly noted on the registration books. The ownership of the unpaid principal balance of this Bond and the interest accruing thereon is registered on the books of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as Bond Registrar, in the name of the registered owner last noted below.

Date

Registered Owner

Signature of Bond Registrar

12/__/07

Cede & Co.

c/o The Depository Trust Company

55 Water Street

New York, NY 10041

Federal Taxpayer I.D. No.: 13-2555119

___________________

 

ASSIGNMENT

 

     FOR VALUE RECEIVED, the undersigned sells, assigns, and transfers unto _____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

(Name and Address of Assignee)

 

________________________     Social Security or Other

________________________     Identifying Number of Assignee

 

the within Bond and all rights thereunder and does hereby irrevocably constitute and appoint ________________________________ ___________________________________ attorney to transfer the said Bond on the books kept for registration thereof with full power of substitution in the premises.

 

     Dated: ________________

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

 

                                                                        ____________________________________

 

NOTICE: The signature to this assignment must correspond with the name of the registered owner as it appears upon the face of the within Bond in every particular, without alteration or enlargement or any change whatsoever.

 

Signature Guaranteed:

 

______________________________

(Bank, Trust Company, member of

National Securities Exchange)

 

     Unless this Bond is presented by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company, a New York corporation (“DTC”), to the City or its agent for registration of transfer, exchange, or payment, and any bond issued is registered in the name of Cede & Co. or in such other name as is requested by an authorized representative of DTC (and any payment is made to Cede & Co. or to such other entity as is requested by an authorized representative of DTC), ANY TRANSFER, PLEDGE, OR OTHER USE HEREOF FOR VALUE OR OTHERWISE BY OR TO ANY PERSON IS WRONGFUL, inasmuch as the registered owner hereof, Cede & Co., has an interest herein.

 

BOND COUNSEL OPINION

 

     I certify that attached hereto is a full, true, and correct copy of the legal opinion rendered by bond counsel on the issuance of the Bonds, dated as of the original date of delivery of and payment for the Bond.

 

                                   _______________________________

                                   Clerk 

     Section 3. Escrow Agreement; Escrow Agent.

     3.01 Wells Fargo Bank, National Association of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is a suitable financial institution within the State of Minnesota whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation whose combined capital and surplus is not less than $500,000, is hereby designated escrow agent (the “Escrow Agent”) with respect to the outstanding 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds.

     3.02 On or prior to the delivery of the Bonds, the mayor and the clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute on behalf of the City an escrow agreement (the “Escrow Agreement”) with the Escrow Agent in substantially the form now on file with the clerk as public document No. _________. The execution and delivery of the Escrow Agreement by the mayor and the clerk, in the form presented to the City Council with such changes, omissions, insertions and revisions as the mayor and the clerk deem advisable is hereby approved, and the execution by such officers shall be conclusive evidence of such approval. All essential terms and conditions of the Escrow Agreement, including payment by the City of reasonable charges for the services of the Escrow Agent, are hereby approved and adopted and made a part of this Resolution, and the City covenants that it will promptly enforce all provisions thereof in the event of default thereunder by the Escrow Agent.

     Section 4. Revenues, Accounts and Covenants.

     4.01 Water Portion of the Bonds.

     (a)  The city council covenants and agrees with the holders of the Bonds and with its taxpayers that it will impose and collect just and equitable charges for all use and for the availability of all facilities of the municipal water utility at the times and in the amounts required to pay the normal, reasonable and current expenses of operating and maintaining such facilities, and also to produce net revenues at least adequate at all times to pay the principal and interest due on the Water Portion of the Bonds and on all other bonds heretofore or hereafter issued and made payable from said net revenues, and will operate the utility and segregate and account for the revenues thereof as provided in this section.

     The City will place all such charges, when collected, and all money received from the sale of any facilities or equipment of the municipal water utility in a separate Water Utility Operating Account within the Public Utility Water Fund maintained under Section 54 of the City Charter. Except as provided in this section, this account shall be used only to pay claims duly approved and allowed for payment of expenses which, under generally accepted accounting principles, constitute normal, reasonable and current expenses of operating and maintaining the municipal water utility, and to maintain such reasonable reserves for such expenses as the director of finance shall determine to be necessary from time to time in accordance with policies established by the city council. Sums from time to time on hand in this account, in excess of sums required to make such payments and maintain such reserves, constitute the net revenues which are herein pledged and appropriated first to pay the principal of and interest on all water utility bonds when due.

     (b)  Until the Bonds issued hereunder are fully paid or duly called for redemption, or otherwise discharged, the City will also maintain a separate debt service account (the “Water Debt Service Fund") in the Public Utility Water Fund to be used solely for the payment of the principal and interest, as such principal and interest become due and payable, on the Water Portion of the Bonds and on any other bonds which have been or may be issued and made payable from said net revenues of the municipal water utility. The treasurer shall transfer from the Water Utility Operating Account to the Water Debt Service Fund amounts of the net revenues sufficient for the payment of all interest and principal then due on the Water Portion of the Bonds, and a pro rata portion of all charges due to the Bond Registrar. Such transfers shall be made at the times and in the amounts determined by the treasurer, in accordance with policies established by resolutions of the city council.

     (c)  Surplus utility revenues from time to time received in the Water Utility Operating Account, in excess of payments due from and reserves required to be maintained in the Water Utility Operating Account and in the Water Debt Service Fund, may be used for necessary capital expenditures for the improvement of the municipal water utility, for the prepayment and redemption of bonds constituting a lien on the municipal water utility, and for any other proper municipal purpose consistent with policies established by resolutions of the city council.

     4.02 Sewer Portion of the Bonds.

     (a)  The city council covenants and agrees with the holders of the Bonds and with its taxpayers that it will impose and collect just and equitable charges for all use and for the availability of all facilities of the municipal sewer utility at the times and in the amounts required to pay the normal, reasonable and current expenses of operating and maintaining such facilities, and also to produce net revenues at least adequate at all times to pay the principal and interest due on the Sewer Portion of the Bonds and on all other bonds heretofore or hereafter issued and made payable from said net revenues, and will operate the utility and segregate and account for the revenues thereof as provided in this section.

     The City will place all such charges, when collected, and all money received from the sale of any facilities or equipment of the municipal sewer utility in a separate Sewer Utility Operating Account within the Public Utility Sewer Fund maintained under Section 54 of the City Charter. Except as provided in this section, this account shall be used only to pay claims duly approved and allowed for payment of expenses which, under generally accepted accounting principles, constitute normal, reasonable and current expenses of operating and maintaining the municipal sewer utility, and to maintain such reasonable reserves for such expenses as the director of finance shall determine to be necessary from time to time in accordance with policies established by the city council. Sums from time to time on hand in this account, in excess of sums required to make such payments and maintain such reserves, constitute the net revenues which are herein pledged and appropriated first to pay the principal of and interest on all sewer utility bonds when due.

     (b)  Until the Bonds issued hereunder are fully paid or duly called for redemption, or otherwise discharged, the City will also maintain a separate debt service account (the “Sewer Debt Service Fund”) in the Public Utility Sewer Fund to be used solely for the payment of the principal and interest, as such principal and interest become due and payable, on the Sewer Portion of the Bonds and on any other bonds which have been or may be issued and made payable from said net revenues of the utility. The treasurer shall transfer from the Sewer Utility Operating Account to the Sewer Debt Service Fund amounts of the net revenues sufficient for the payment of all interest and principal then due on the Sewer Portion of the Bonds, and a pro rata portion of all charges due to the Bond Registrar. Such transfers shall be made at the times and in the amounts determined by the treasurer, in accordance with policies established by resolutions of the city council.

     (c)  Surplus utility revenues from time to time received in the Sewer Utility Operating Account, in excess of payments due from and reserves required to be maintained in the Sewer Utility Operating Account and in the Sewer Debt Service Fund, may be used for necessary capital expenditures for the improvement of the utility, for the prepayment and redemption of bonds constituting a lien on the utility, and for any other proper municipal purpose consistent with policies established by resolutions of the city council.

     4.03 Escrow account.

     (a)  The City hereby creates an Escrow Account for payment of the Refunded Bonds. To the Escrow Account there is hereby pledged and irrevocably appropriated and there shall be credited: (a) the proceeds of the Bonds received from the Purchaser which are not appropriated to the Debt Service Funds or are not to be used for payment of costs of issuance of the Bonds; (b) Accrued Interest, if any; (c) Additional Interest [amounts referenced in clauses (a), (b) and (c) are herein referred to as the “Proceeds”]; (d) funds of the City in an amount sufficient to meet the requirements of the Escrow Account (the “Funds”); and (e) investment earnings on such monies referenced in clauses (a), (b), (c) and (d), for the payment of principal and interest due on the Refunded Bonds on the Redemption Date and the principal of the Refunded Bonds called for prepayment and redemption on the Redemption Date.

     (b)  The Escrow Account shall be maintained with the Escrow Agent pursuant to the Escrow Agreement and this Resolution. The Escrow Account shall be invested in accordance with the Act, the Escrow Agreement and this Section, in securities specified in Section 475.67, Subdivision 8(a) of the Act.

     (c)  From the Escrow Account there shall be paid: (a) all principal of and interest to be paid on the Refunded Bonds to and including the Redemption Date; and (b) the principal of the Refunded Bonds due by reason of prepayment and redemption on the Redemption Date.

     (d)  The Escrow Account for the Refunded Bonds is irrevocably appropriated to the payment of the principal of and interest on the Refunded Bonds to and including the Redemption Date and to the prepayment and redemption of the Refunded Bonds due by reason of redemption on the Redemption Date. The monies to be deposited in the Escrow Account for the Refunded Bonds shall be used solely for the purposes herein set forth and for no other purpose, except that any surplus in the Escrow Account may be remitted to the City all in accordance with the Escrow Agreement. Any monies remitted to the City upon termination of the Escrow Agreement shall be deposited in the Debt Service Funds.

     (e)  Securities purchased for the Escrow Account shall be purchased simultaneously with the delivery of and payment for the Bonds. The mayor and clerk or their designee are authorized and directed to purchase such securities.

     (f)  The construction funds created for the 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds have previously been terminated and all bond proceeds therein have been expended.

     4.04 It is hereby determined that upon the receipt of proceeds of the Bonds (the “Proceeds”) for payment of the Refunded Bonds that an irrevocable appropriation to the Escrow Account shall have been made within the meaning of Section 475.61, Subdivision 3 of the Act and the clerk is hereby authorized and directed to certify such fact to and request the county auditor to cancel any and all tax levies made by the Council Resolutions authorizing the 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds for collection year 2009 and thereafter.

     4.05 If the balances in either Debt Service Fund are ever insufficient to pay all principal and interest then due on the Bonds, the treasurer shall nevertheless provide sufficient money from any other funds of the City which are available for that purpose, and such other funds shall be reimbursed from such Debt Service Fund when the balances therein are sufficient. It is estimated that the net revenues herein pledged and appropriated to said Debt Service Funds will be received at the times and in amounts not less than 5% in excess of the amounts needed to meet when due the principal and interest payments thereon and, accordingly, no tax is presently levied for this purpose. It is recognized, however, that the City's liability on the Bonds is not limited to the revenues so pledged, and the city council covenants and agrees that it will levy upon all taxable property within the City, and cause to be extended, levied and collected, any taxes found necessary for full payment of the principal of and interest on the Bonds, without limitation as to rate or amount.

     Section 5. Refunding, Findings, Prepayment of Refunded Bonds.

     5.01 It is hereby found and determined that based upon information presently available from the City’s financial advisers, the issuance of the Bonds is consistent with covenants in the Council’s Resolutions authorizing the 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds (the “Prior Resolutions”) and is necessary and desirable for the reduction of debt service cost to the City.

     5.02 It is hereby found and determined that the Proceeds and other available funds appropriated to the Escrow Account will be sufficient to pay all of the principal of and interest on the 1999 Bonds and 2000 Bonds due on February 1, 2008, and the principal of the Refunded Bonds called for redemption and prepayment on the Redemption Date.

     5.03 The Refunded Bonds shall be paid, redeemed and prepaid in accordance with their terms and in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the forms of notice of call for redemption attached to the Escrow Agreement, which terms and conditions are hereby approved and incorporated herein by reference. The Escrow Agent is hereby authorized and directed to forthwith, no later than 30 days prior to the Redemption Date, to send written notice of call to the registered owners and paying agent and to the bond insurance company, if any, of the Refunded Bonds.

     5.04 When the principal of the 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds and all interest thereon have been discharged as provided in this section, all pledges, covenants and other rights granted by the Prior Resolutions to the holders of the 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds shall cease, except that the pledge of the full faith and credit of the City for the prompt and full payment of the principal and interest on the 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds shall remain in full force and effect.

     Section 6. Continuing Disclosure. The City acknowledges that the Bonds are subject to the continuing disclosure requirements of Rule 15c2-12 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 C.F.R. § 240.15c2-12) (the “Rule”). The Rule governs the obligations of certain underwriters to require that issuers of municipal bonds enter into agreements for the benefit of the bondholders to provide continuing disclosure with respect to the Bonds. To provide for the public availability of certain information relating to the Bonds and the security therefor and to permit underwriters of the Bonds to comply with the Rule, which will enhance the marketability of the Bonds, the mayor and the clerk are hereby authorized and directed to execute a continuing disclosure certificate substantially in the form of the certificate currently on file in the office of the city clerk as public document No. 04-0219-02.

     Section 7. Tax Covenants.

     7.01 The City covenants and agrees with the holders of the Bonds that the City will (i) take all action on its part necessary to assure that the interest on the Bonds will be excluded from gross income for federal income taxes including, without limitations, restricting, to the extent necessary, the yield on investments made with the proceeds of the Bonds and investment earnings thereon, making required payments to the federal government, if any, and maintaining books and records in a specified manner, where appropriate, and (ii) refrain from taking any action which would cause interest on the Bonds to be subject to federal income taxes, including, without limitation, refraining from spending the proceeds of the Bonds and investment earnings thereon on certain specified purposes.

     7.02 (a) The proceeds of the 1999 Bonds and the 2000 Bonds have been totally expended for the governmental purpose for which issued; the gross proceeds of the Bonds will, within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Bonds, have been totally expended for the purpose of refunding the outstanding principal amount of the Refunded Bonds and interest thereon and paying costs of issuance of the Bonds. Therefore, no rebate of arbitrage profit is required under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).

     (b)  In addition, the proceeds of the Bonds and money in the Debt Service Funds shall not be invested in obligations or deposits issued by, guaranteed by or insured by the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof if and to the extent that such investment would cause the Bonds to be federally guaranteed within the meaning of Section 149(b) of the Code.

     (c)  The City hereby covenants not to use the proceeds of the Bonds, or to cause or permit them to be used, in such a manner as to cause the Bonds to be “private activity bonds” within the meaning of Sections 103 and 141 through 150 of the Code.

     (d)  The City expects that all proceeds of the Bonds will be expended within six months of the date of issue of the Bonds.

      7.03 In addition to the Bonds, the City is selling, pursuant to a single offering document and on the same date, the following obligations: General Obligation Street Improvement Bonds, Series 2007A (the “Series 2007A Bonds”), General Obligation Sewer Utility Revenue Bonds, Series 2007B (the “Series 2007B Bonds”), General Obligation Capital Improvement Bonds, Series 2007C (the “Series 2007C Bonds”), General Obligation Equipment Certificates of Indebtedness, Series 2007D (the “Certificates”), and General Obligation DECC Improvement Refunding Bonds, Series 2007E (the “Series 2007E Bonds”). The Bonds will not be paid out of substantially the same source of funds as the Series 2007A Bonds, the Series 2007C Bonds, the Certificates and the Series 2007E Bonds; consequently, the Bonds will not be combined with them for a single issue. However, the Bonds and the Series 2007B Bonds are expected to be paid from substantially the same source of funds and are an issue under Treasury Regulations Section 1.150-1(c).


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution establishes the terms and form and awards the sale of the $2,340,000 General Obligation Water and Sewer Utility Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2007F, to ________________________________________, at a true interest cost of ________%.