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File #: RES 18-1272    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 8/15/2018
Title: Approving the use of grant funds through the Neighborhood STAR Year-Round Program for Metro Transit public art honoring Nathaniel Khaliq.
Sponsors: Dai Thao
Attachments: 1. STAR Board Recommendation YR STAR - Green Link Public Art - Khaliq


Approving the use of grant funds through the Neighborhood STAR Year-Round Program for Metro Transit public art honoring Nathaniel Khaliq.



WHEREAS, on May 25, 2018, the Neighborhood STAR Board reviewed a proposal for STAR financing to assist the Metro Transit with Green Line Public Art - Nathaniel Khaliq addition at the Victoria Street LRT Stations; and


WHEREAS, the Neighborhood STAR Board rated this project a 4.6 on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high); and


WHEREAS, due to the significance of this project in preserving culture and history of the Rondo neighborhood, a waiver of the matching dollar requirement is being recommended; and


WHEREAS, the Art Project will honor long-time Rondo community and civic leader and former Saint Paul Ward 1 Council member Nathaniel Khaliq; and


WHEREAS, Mr. Khaliq was born on September 11, 1943 in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the Rondo community; and


WHEREAS, he served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from Saint Paul College and Dunwoody Institute; and


WHEREAS, he founded N.R. Davis Construction in 1975, while completing the Control Data Corporation Selby addition in 1977; and


WHEREAS, he joined the Saint Paul Fire Department in 1984 and retired in 2001 and served as Saint Paul NAACP president for 15 years; and


WHEREAS, he served his community as the basketball coach for junior high school boys at Martin Luther King Recreation Center, camp coordinator for ROADS Annual ‘Take a Kid Fishing Weekend,’ speaker for groups of young men within the criminal justice system, speaker with various classes/schools within Saint Paul Schools, mediator of disputes between different groups and individuals, and provider of support and direction for a number of African-American males; and


WHEREAS, he led the effort to hold police accountable with unequal treatment of Black male strip searches, initiated the community initiative that resulted in the establishment of the Citizens Review Board and aided the formation of the community group that resulted in the formation of Selby CDC; and


WHEREAS, he functioned as a catalyst to African-American families that received inadequate attention and services after a family member had been murdered; and


WHEREAS, he led negotiations between the Saint Paul NAACP, Saint Paul Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice; and


WHEREAS, he also led the negotiations of Black Firefighters United in their lawsuit against the City of Saint Paul, which resulted in a settlement agreement; and


WHEREAS, he served on search committees for the Chief of Police and the Fire Chief; and


WHEREAS, he has been involved in a number of initiatives to improve opportunities for housing, economic development and criminal justice for African-Americans; and


WHEREAS, after thirty years of community service, Mr. Khaliq was appointed interim City Council Member for Ward 1 in 2013; and


WHEREAS, Mr. Khaliq continues to be an active and engaged member of the community in Rondo and Saint Paul; and


WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Mayor and the Saint Paul City Council to participate in the financing of these activities by providing up to $5,000 in grant funding through the Ward 1 Neighborhood STAR Year-Round Program; and therefore be it


RESOLVED, the City of Saint Paul honors the work and service of Nathaniel Khaliq; and be it further


RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Mayor, the Council of the City of Saint Paul hereby authorizes and directs the appropriate City officials to execute the necessary grant documents to implement this Resolution, subject to approval by the City Attorney; and


FINALLY RESOLVED, staff of the Department of Planning and Economic Development are further authorized and directed to proceed with all other actions necessary to implement this Resolution.


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