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File #: RES PH 18-99    Version: 2
Type: Resolution-Public Hearing Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 4/11/2018
Title: Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to enter into a grant agreement with the State of Minnesota through the Metropolitan Council for bonding appropriations for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s Seal and Seal Lion Project.
Sponsors: Samantha Henningson
Attachments: 1. SG-09235 St. Paul Como Zoo 2017 Pass Thru Agreement V1Share

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Authorizing the Department of Parks and Recreation to enter into a grant agreement with the State of Minnesota through the Metropolitan Council for bonding appropriations for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s Seal and Seal Lion Project.

 

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WHEREAS, the Minnesota Legislature has awarded a $15,000,000 grant for predesign, design, engineering, and construction for the renovation of the seal and sea lion habitat at Como Zoo; and

 

 

WHEREAS, Como Park Zoo and Conservator is an accredited institution with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and works  to meet and exceed the highest standards for animal care and welfare.  In order to maintain Como’s status, the current habitat needs to be brought to modern zoological standards; and

                    

WHEREAS,  Como Park Zoo and Conservatory welcomes nearly 2 million annual visitors and mission is to inspire the public to value the presence of living things in our lives through animal ambassadors like Sparky; and

                    

WHEREAS, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s Habitat project was one of the City’s Capital Investment bonding priorities, and

 

WHEREAS, in  Minnesota Session Laws 2017, First Special Session, chapter 8, article 1, section 16, subdivisions 6 (the “G.O. Bonding Legislation”) the State of Minnesota  allocated $15,000,000 of State Bonds to be given to City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation for Como Park Zoo and Conservatory as a grant to assist it in the costs for Asset Preservation to the Como Zoo Seal and Sea Lion Habitat which will improve and better the metropolitan regional parks system; and

 

WHEREAS,  the grant agreement contains an indemnification requirement and the City Council finds that such indemnification would serve the public purpose of allowing the City of Saint Paul to receive funds for the modernization of the seal and sea lion habitat at Como Zoo; now, therefore, be it

 

 

RESOLVED, that the City Council of Saint Paul hereby authorizes Parks and Recreation to enter into the attached grant agreement with the Metropolitan Council and accept the awarded $15,000,000 of State Bonds for the renovation of the seal and sea lion habitat at Como Zoo. 

 

 

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