Joseph went over the proposed 2022 County budget. A horticulturalist and guest services
position are included. We worked with the Controller’s Office throughout the budget
process. With the help of Supervisor Radcliff, we were able to offset revenue by $20k to
add scholarships for after school camps and summer programs. We appreciate all of the
support from the County. Personnel and finance met several times and they are in the
final stages of approval, then it goes to the full County Board for final approval.
The Zoo had almost 700,000 visitors this year, which is close to our pre-COVID numbers.
CLR will have an updated design for us this week. We will be planning a stakeholder
meeting with the Commission, neighbors, etc. for the next phase of this project. It will be
early next year. Discussion ensured.
Zoo Lights set up is going smoothly and we are on track to open November 26. Timed
tickets should reduce our lines.
Animal update: We had a dental procedure on one of our seals. Keepers have been
working on training so they can brush their teeth going forward. We had our first voluntary
radiographs for one of our camels. Staff have been doing a wonderful job of working with
our animals to get more voluntary participation in their health care. Grizzlies will be
denning up soon for the winter.
Joseph thanked Evers for helping us get the City to come out and fill up the potholes in
the South parking lot.
This week is first meeting for our interpretive master plan project. Very excited to move
forward with that project.
F. Future Meeting Items and Dates
The next Zoo Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30am.
The meeting will be held virtually.
G. Public Comment on Items not on the Agenda
H. Such Other Business as Allowed by Law
A motion was made by ERICKSON, seconded by JUSTUS, that the Zoo
Commission meeting be adjourned at 8:22am. The motion carried unanimously.
Respectfully submitted by Kristin Moala, pending approval from the Zoo Commission.