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File #: RES 20-727    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Archived
In control: Board of Water Commissioners
Final action: 6/9/2020
Title: Pertaining to the demolition of the eighteen-million-gallon reservoir located just south of the historic Highland Water Tower.
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Resolution 20-727
Title
Pertaining to the demolition of the eighteen-million-gallon reservoir located just south of the historic Highland Water Tower.


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WHEREAS, The Board of Water Commissioners of the City of Saint Paul owns land just south of the historic Highland Water Tower which is currently the site of an eighteen-million-gallon reservoir (“Property”); and

WHEREAS, due to a decrease in water demand in the area serviced by the reservoir, the structure is no longer needed and was decommissioned over five years ago and staff has been planning for the demolition of the structure; and

WHEREAS, at its December 12, 2017 meeting, the Board heard proposals from five entities which included proposals from City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and Ramsey County Parks and Recreation for construction of public use facilities at the Property; and

WHEREAS, at its March 13, 2018 meeting, the Board passed Resolution No. 18-444, stating the Board of Water Commissioners of the City of Saint Paul agreed there is a need and desire for additional park and recreation facilities at this location, and directed staff to confer and negotiate with the City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County on a long term lease agreement for use of the Property for approval by the Board; and

WHEREAS, also at its March 13, 2018 meeting, the Board further resolved and directed staff to delay plans to demolish the reservoir until said lease agreement is approved and the funding for the construction of public park and recreation facilities is budgeted and approved by the appropriate public entity; and

WHEREAS, staff of the Board and Ramsey County have now met, conferred, and agreed that the demolition of the reservoir could be more efficiently accomplished if done collaboratively with the planned Ramsey County parking lot improvement project adjacent to the reservoir; and

WHEREAS, there is an immediate need for the excavated soils and ground concrete produced by the demolition of the reservoir at the nearby Fo...

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