More on Mayor Leppert's Plan to Privatize the Dallas Zoo and Aquarium at Fair Park
|The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park|
From the looks of the proposal, the mayor would like to hustle this through sooner than later: "All current Zoo employees will be terminated through the City's 'Reduction In Force' process or reassigned as of October 1, 2009," reads the doc, which says Dallas Zoo Management will be responsible for hiring all zoo personnel. (Current employees, however, "will have the opportunity to apply for positions with DZM.")
Then there's this revelation found on Page 22 of the 25-page briefing: "DZM will provide all management services for the Aquarium at Fair Park on the same terms as for the Zoo ... provided, however, City shall pay DZM an additional management fee in an amount equal to the Aquarium's direct operating costs in excess of Aquarium revenues." The aquarium, incidentally, is already under the Dallas Zoo's purview, and it's closed till next year, when it becomes a children's aquarium.