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Duluth is a port city in the U.S. state of Minnesota and the county seat of St. Louis County. The fourth largest city in Minnesota, Duluth had a total population of 86,265 in the 2010 census. At the westernmost point of the Great Lakes on the north shore of Lake Superior, Duluth is linked to the Atlantic Ocean 2,300 miles away via the Great Lakes and Erie Canal/New York State Barge Canal or Saint Lawrence Seaway passages and is the Atlantic Ocean's westernmost deep-water port.
Duluth forms a metropolitan area with Superior, Wisconsin. Called the Twin Ports, these two cities share the Duluth-Superior harbor and together are the Great Lakes largest and one of the most important ports, shipping coal, iron ore and grain. As a tourist destination for the Midwest, Duluth features America's only all-freshwater aquarium, the Great Lakes Aquarium; the Aerial Lift Bridge which spans the short canal into Duluth's harbor; Park Point, the world's longest freshwater sandbar, spanning 6 miles; and is a launching point for the North Shore.
- Current and past budgets are posted.
- City Council agendas, minutes, and meeting schedules posted.
- City Councilors and Mayor listed with contact information.
- Contact for the Chief Administrative Officer is posted.
- Building permits are posted.
- Business permits and licenses are posted.
- Zoning information posted
- Audits are posted
- Union labor contracts are posted.
- Current and past RFPs and Bids are posted
- Does not disclose information about how much is spent on lobbying or if they use government sector lobbying or government sector lobbying associations
- There is no information on how to request public records consistent with the Minnesota Data Practices Act
- There is no information on common taxes imposed by the city and how the tax dollars are used.
Duluth has a Mayor-Council form of government, with the City Administration making policy proposals to a nine member City Council. Duluth's five representational districts are divided into 36 precincts. Each of the five council districts elects its own councilor. There are also four at large councilors, representing the entire city. Current councilors are:
|Name||District (precincts)||Term expires|
|Jeff Anderson||At Large||January 9, 2012|
|Patrick Boyle||2nd District (pcts. 8-13)||January 6, 2014|
|Tony Cuneo||At Large||January 9, 2012|
|Todd Fedora||1sr District (pcts. 1-7)||January 9, 2012|
|Jay Fosle||5th District (pcts. 30-36)||January 9, 2012|
| Sharla Gardner
|3rd District (pcts. 14-22)||January 9, 2012|
|Jacqueline Halberg||4th District (pcts. 23-29)||January 9, 2012|
| Dan Hartman
Council Vice President
|At Large||January 6, 2014|
|Jim Stauber||At Large||January 6, 2014|
Don Ness was elected Mayor of Duluth in November 2007. In 1999, Ness was elected to the Duluth City Council, where he served eight years, including two years as Council President.
No information is posted on the role of the Mayor in the government of Duluth.
The Chief Administrative Officer is appointed by the Mayor for an indefinite term and is the Mayor's principal assistant. The City Manager is responsible for the activities of all offices, departments and boards, and investigations and studies of the internal organization and procedure of any office or department within the City of Duluth.
The Chief Administrative Officer makes information available to the Mayor, the City Council and the public concerning the current status of the financial affairs of the City and all offices, departments and boards receiving appropriations from the city; attends meetings of the Council and makes available such information as it may require.
|Revenue Source||2008 Actual||2009 Actual||2010 Budget||2011 Budget||% of 2011 |
|Licenses & Fines||2,022,958||2,416,804||3,422,700||2,836,800||1.1%|
|Charges for Services||47,619,608||52,579,501||54,604,700||55,151,700||20.9%|
|All Other Sources||89,639,289||74,193,058||47,964,200||49,345,800||18.7%|
|Expenditure||2008 Actual||2009 Actual||2010 Budget||2011 Budget||% of 2011 Budget|
|Salaries & Benefits||74,220,904||75,166,115||74,833,900||75,225,800||27.1%|
|Other Operating Expense||105,169,929||87,391,288||96,480,000||32.2%|
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Data obtained from Minnesota State Auditor Lobbying Reports
The Duluth Fire Department provides emergency services to the City of Duluth. These emergency services include fire suppression services, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, confined space rescue, high level rescue, vehicle extrication, water rescue and ice rescue.
When responding to emergencies, response time is critical. Duluth boost an excellent average response time of under 3:30 minutes. Duluth faces response time challenges because of the unique shape and size of the city. Duluth staffs nine strategically located fire stations with 132 firefighters. The stations are placed in geographic locations that allow the best response time possible. Listed below are brief outlines of emergency services provided:
- Fire Suppression
- Emergency Medical Services
- Hazardous Materials Response
- Emergency Management
- Confined Space Rescue
- High Angle Rescue
- Vehicle Extrication
- Water Rescue
- Ice Rescue
- Population Estimates: Duluth
- Port of Duluth-Superior Propeller's Club annual Maritime Day celebration
- Finance Department
- Meeting Schedule
- City Councilors
- Building Permits
- Business Permits/Licenses
- Union Contracts
- Bidding Information
- Form of Government
- 2011 Budget
- Fire Department