BY COUNCILOR NESS:
RESOLUTION REIMBURSING THE
LAKE SUPERIOR ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY $75,000 FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE CONSTRUCTION
OF THE PRIMATE CONSERVATION CENTER OF THE CHILDREN'S ZOO COMPLEX.
RESOLVED, that the city of
Duluth hereby reimburses the Lake Superior zoological society $75,000 for
monies expended for improvements made to the children's zoo complex during
the construction of the Primate Conservation Center in the Fall of 1998.
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the
reimbursement shall be made from Fund 450, Agency 015, Organization 1998,
OF PURPOSE: Improvements to the children's zoo were originally
part of the city's capital bonding request made to the state for the 1998
legislative session. As the Primate Conservation Center and the improvements
to the children's zoo moved forward, the city found out that the state
legislature had approved a grant of $1.3 million. Based on informal
agreements, the zoological society proceeded forward to include $75,000
for improvements at the children's zoo which would be reimbursed from the
grant proceeds once the grant was made available to the city. The
city's grant for $1.3 million was primarily for an animal quarantine center,
but also includes improvements to the children's zoo. Prior to any
children's zoo expenditures, the city confirmed from the department of
administration that the children's zoo improvements are eligible reimbursable
items. Therefore, the zoological society proceeded forward expecting
reimbursements for the $75,000 children's zoo improvements.