BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
BE IT RESOLVED, by the city council (the council) of the city of Duluth, Minnesota (the city), as follows:
Section 1. Under and pursuant to the authority contained in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 475 and Section 475.521 (collectively the act”), the city is authorized to issue general obligation capital improvement bonds to provide funds for capital improvements pursuant to a capital improvement plan approved by the council on December 3, 2007 (the plan).
Section 2. The city council held a public hearing on January 28, 2008, on the city’s intention to issue bonds in 2008 in an amount not to exceed $1,600,000 for the purposes set forth in the notice of public hearing. All persons who desired to speak at the public hearing were heard and written comments were accepted.
Section 3. The council hereby finds and determines that it is necessary, expedient, and in the best interests of the city’s residents that the city issue, sell and deliver its general obligation capital improvement bonds, Series 2008 (the bonds), in an amount not to exceed $1,600,000, for the purpose of providing funds for the acquisition and betterment of the following projects: replacement of the roof on City Hall; fire department facilities repairs and maintenance including driveways, overhead doors, ventilation systems, masonry and window repair, including the remodeling or relocation of the Park Point Firehall, remodeling the Gary New Duluth Firehall, and replacing the roof on the Woodland Firehall; constructing, repairing or improving public works maintenance facilities, including constructing a salt and sand storage facility, security fencing, and site development work; and payment of discount and costs of issuance of the bonds.
A. The city clerk shall publish a notice of intent to issue capital improvement bonds in substantially the form on file as Public Document No. _________________ as soon as practicable following the public hearing in the official newspaper of the city;
B. If, within 30 days after the date of adoption of this resolution, a valid petition is filed with the city clerk calling for a vote on the proposition of issuing the bonds signed by voters residing within the boundaries of the city equal to five percent of the votes cast in the city in the last general election, the bonds shall not be issued until the question of their issuance has been authorized by a majority of the voters voting on the question at the next general or special election called to decide the question.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution states the city’s intent to issue general obligation capital improvement bonds in 2008 in an amount not to exceed $1,600,000 for certain capital improvements as listed in the resolution.