In conjunction with the conveyance of the Savanna Exhibit as a gift to the City, the purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to authorize the City Manager to execute an amendment to a supplemental Letter Agreement with the Fort Worth Zoological Association (FWZA) (M&C C-27211 approved March 3, 2015, City Secretary Contract No. 46496) for an alternative utility-funding arrangement specific to the African Savanna exhibit to provide for adjustments due to unforeseen conditions and cost overruns and to accept the African Savanna exhibit capital asset at the Fort Worth Zoo.
The proposed amendment to the supplemental Letter of Agreement is as follows:
| ||City-Funded Improvements||Original Amount ||Amended Amount||Funding Source|
|(i)||Domestic Water Line Improvements||up to $198,778.97||up to $272,654.34||Water Capital Projects Fund & 2018 Bond|
|(ii)||Sanitary Sewer Line Improvements||up to $298,168.45||up to $341,368.87||Sewer Capital Projects Fund & 2018 Bond|
|(iii)||Drainage and Erosion Control Improvements, including Storm Sewer Box Culvert(s)||up to $924,707.21||no change||2014 Bond|
Section 3.06 of City Secretary Contract No. 40564 with the Fort Worth Zoological Association (Association) provides that the Association shall take all steps necessary to vest title to new zoo improvements in the City, including, without limitation, the delivery of an instrument of donation to the City. In addition, the Section 3.07 stipulates that the Association is to provide a maintenance endowment equal to five percent (5%) of the required construction costs for any major animal exhibit constructed at the Zoo. This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.
The Association has tendered a gift deed for the constructed improvements located at the Fort Worth Zoo known as the African Savanna exhibit.
This gift deed is accepted subject to all legal requirements of City Secretary Contract No. 40564. The African Savanna exhibit was constructed at a value of $12,287,850.00 for the major animal exhibits and $3,347,862.00 for the buildings for a total of $15,635,712.00.
The Association has deposited $614,393.00 for the major animal exhibit improvements of the African Savanna exhibit in the Maintenance Endowment Account for the maintenance of those improvements.
The Fort Worth Zoo is located in COUNCIL DISTRICT 9 and is classified as a Special-Use Facility that serves a City-wide and regional basis.