PUBLIC WORKS AND UTILITIES COMMITTEE
RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into Mn/DOT Agreement No. 92504, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. __________, with the Minnesota state department of transportation to perform landscaping services related to the old Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railroad rail yard in West Duluth as set forth in State Project No. 6982-289 in an amount of not to exceed $25,605.15, payable to Fund 411, Agency 035, Object 5403.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to authorize the city to enter into an agreement with Mn/DOT to reimburse the city for landscaping work related to the old DW&P railroad yard in West Duluth in the amount of not to exceed $25,605.15.
In the course of acquiring right-of-way necessary for the extension of I-35 though Downtown Duluth, Mn/DOT was required to relocate not only the railroad facilities and rail yards in the Downtown area but also other related facilities which were rendered economically superfluous by the taking of needed property. Among these properties was the DW&P rail yard between 69th and 70th avenues West bounded on the north by Raleigh Street and on the south by Polk Street. Not too long after the acquisition, Mn/DOT removed the trackage and demolished the railroad service building located on the property but was stymied in further disposition efforts by environmental contamination on the site.
After many years of attempting to deal with these problems in a number of ways, Mn/DOT finally contracted out the clean-up of the site and is now ready to finish the process by completing landscaping of it and then intends to transfer the property to the city. As a means of expediting this final phase of the process, the state has proposed to have the city contract for the landscaping and is willing to reimburse the city for all of the costs thereof, and in addition to pay the city for administering the contract.
The anticipated cost of the work is $20,005. In addition the amount of the agreement with the city includes $600.15 or three percent of the expected cost for contract administration and an amount of up to $5,000 for contingencies.