|85A.02||POWERS AND DUTIES.|
|85A.03||[Repealed, 1Sp1985 c 13 s 376]|
|85A.04||ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN ACCOUNTS OPERATING RECEIPTS.|
|85A.05||MINNESOTA STATE ZOOLOGICAL GARDEN BONDS.|
It is the intent of the legislature to foster a partnership between the private sector and the state for the purpose of operating a zoological garden. The legislature seeks to enable the Minnesota Zoological Garden to operate independently, efficiently, and economically and to be active in soliciting nonstate contributions. The legislature seeks to have the food and beverage facilities at the Zoological Garden operated in a manner designed to respond to the food and beverage service demands of visitors while maximizing the economic benefits accruing to the Zoological Garden from the operation of food and beverage facilities.
The Minnesota Zoological Garden is established under the supervision and control of the Minnesota Zoological Board. The board consists of 30 public and private sector members having a background or interest in zoological societies or zoo management or an ability to generate community interest in the Minnesota Zoological Garden. Fifteen members shall be appointed by the board after consideration of a list supplied by board members serving on a nominating committee, and 15 members shall be appointed by the governor. One member of the board must be a resident of Dakota County and shall be appointed by the governor after consideration of the recommendation of the Dakota County Board. Board appointees shall not be subject to the advice and consent of the senate.
To the extent possible, the board and governor shall appoint members who are residents of the various geographic regions of the state. Terms, compensation, and removal of members are as provided in section 15.0575. In making appointments, the governor and board shall utilize the appointment process as provided under section 15.0597 and consider, among other factors, the ability of members to garner support for the Minnesota Zoological Garden.
A member of the board may not be an employee of or have a direct or immediate family financial interest in a business that provides goods or services to the zoo. A member of the board may not be an employee of the zoo.
The board shall annually elect from among its members a chair and other officers necessary for the performance of its duties.
The director, officers and employees are included in the meaning of state employee under the provisions of section 352.01, subdivision 2A.
The board shall meet at such times and places as it may determine.
The board shall possess the powers and shall be charged with the duties and responsibilities prescribed in this section.
The board shall acquire, construct, equip, operate and maintain the Minnesota Zoological Garden at a site in Dakota County legally described in Laws 1975, chapter 382, section 12. The Zoological Garden shall consist of adequate facilities and structures for the collection, habitation, preservation, care, exhibition, examination or study of wild and domestic animals, including, but not limited to mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, crustaceans and mollusks. The board may provide such lands, buildings and equipment as it deems necessary for parking, transportation, entertainment, education or instruction of the public in connection with such Zoological Garden.
The board may conduct research studies and programs, collect and analyze data and prepare reports, maps, charts and other information relating to the Zoological Garden or any wild or domestic animals or may contract for any of such services without complying with chapter 16C.
The board may accept and use gifts, grants or contributions from any nonstate source. Unless otherwise restricted by the terms of a gift or bequest, the board may sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of, and invest or reinvest the money, securities, or other property given or bequeathed to it from nonstate sources. The principal of these funds, the income from them, and all other revenues received by it from any nonstate source must be placed in the depositories the board determines and is subject to expenditure for the board's purposes, except that expenditures of $25,000 or more must be approved by the full board. Any additional operating expenses incurred by virtue of capital development projects must be paid for with funds other than state appropriations.
(a) The board shall appoint an administrator who shall serve as the executive secretary and principal administrative officer of the board and, subject to its approval, shall operate the Minnesota Zoological Garden and enforce all rules and policy decisions of the board. The administrator must be chosen solely on the basis of training, experience, and other qualifications appropriate to the field of zoo management and development. The board shall set the salary of the administrator; however, any amount exceeding 95 percent of the salary of the governor must consist of nonstate funds. The administrator shall perform duties assigned by the board and serves in the unclassified service at the pleasure of the board. The administrator, with the participation of the board, shall appoint a development director in the unclassified service or contract with a development consultant to establish mechanisms to foster community participation in and community support for the Minnesota Zoological Garden. The board may employ other necessary professional, technical, and clerical personnel. Employees of the Zoological Garden are eligible for salary supplement in the same manner as employees of other state agencies. The commissioner of management and budget shall determine the amount of salary supplement based on available funds.
(b) The board may contract with individuals to perform professional services and may contract for the purchases of necessary species exhibits, supplies, services, and equipment. The board may also contract for the construction and operation of entertainment facilities on the zoo grounds that are not directly connected to ordinary functions of the Zoological Garden. The zoo board may not enter into a final agreement for construction of an entertainment facility that is not directly connected to the ordinary functions of the zoo until after final construction plans have been submitted to the chairs of the senate Finance and house of representatives Ways and Means Committees for their recommendations.
The zoo may not contract for entertainment during the period of the Minnesota State Fair that would directly compete with entertainment at the Minnesota State Fair.
The board is not subject to sections 3.841 to 3.843, 15.057, 15.061, 16A.1285, and 16A.28; chapters 16B and 16C, except for sections 16B.35, 16B.55, 16C.06, 16C.08, 16C.09, and 16C.16; and chapter 14, except section 14.386, paragraph (a), clauses (1) and (3). Section 14.386, paragraph (b), does not apply to the board's actions.
The board shall employ a certified public accountant to audit and examine its financial records each year. The board shall submit to the legislative auditor a report of the accountant's examination or audit. The legislative auditor shall review the report and may make additional examinations if these would be in the public interest. The working papers of the certified public accountant relating to the board must be made available to the legislative auditor on request.
Lands necessary for any of the purposes enumerated in this section may be acquired by eminent domain proceedings under the authority of chapter 117.
The board may enact rules governing the efficient protection of the Minnesota Zoological Garden and the related facilities and the conduct of persons entering therein. Notwithstanding subdivision 5b, rules shall become effective in the manner provided by law for the promulgation of rules by state departments and agencies. The violation of a rule promulgated by the board under this section is a petty misdemeanor. The board may specify that violation of a designated rule shall be sufficient cause for ejection from the grounds of the Zoological Garden.
The board shall comply with all federal laws and any rules or regulations prescribed by any agency of the federal government, relating to the quarantine, transportation, examination, habitation, care, and treatment of wild animals. The Department of Natural Resources may prescribe rules supplemental to such federal regulations, relating to the transportation, examination, care, and treatment of wild animals native to this state held or proposed to be acquired by the board and may inspect all such wild animals as often and at such times as it shall deem necessary.
The board shall not be subject to the provisions of chapters 17, 19, 97, 98, 99, 100, and 101, and section 343.21, subdivision 8, relating to purchase, barter, sale, possession, breeding, or transporting wild animals.
The board shall have all powers necessary or convenient to discharge the duties imposed upon it by law, and to operate the Zoological Garden in the manner which will best serve the public.
The board shall report to the legislature by September 15 of each year on the activities of the board and the operation of the Zoological Garden. The report must summarize the activities of the board and the Minnesota Zoological Garden over the preceding fiscal year ending June 30. The report must be submitted together with the financial report required by subdivision 5c.
The board may acquire by gift, purchase, or condemnation any real estate, not previously acquired and conveyed to the state by the county of Dakota, necessary to complete the zoo site as described in Laws 1975, chapter 382, section 12 or to meet United States Department of Agriculture certification requirements. Funds from the Minnesota Zoological Garden building account may be expended for the acquisitions.
The board may sell or exchange animals determined by it to be superfluous to zoo operations, subject to all state and federal regulations.
The board may provide for promotional and advertising programs which may be developed and implemented either by Zoological Garden personnel or by contract with outside personnel and which shall be paid for out of funds other than bond revenues.
The board may acquire by lease-purchase or installment purchase contract, transportation systems, facilities and equipment that it determines will substantially enhance the public's opportunity to view, study or derive information concerning the animals to be located in the Zoological Garden, and will increase attendance at the garden. The contracts may provide for: (1) the payment of money over a 12-year period, or over a longer period not exceeding 25 years if approved by the board; (2) the payment of money from any funds of the board not pledged or appropriated for another purpose; (3) indemnification of the lessor or seller for damage to property or injury to persons due primarily to the actions of the board or its employees; (4) the transfer of title to the property to the board upon execution of the contract or upon payment of specified amounts; (5) the reservation to the lessor or seller of a security interest in the property; and (6) any other terms that the board determines to be commercially reasonable. Property so acquired by the board, and its purchase or use by the board, or by any nonprofit corporation having a concession from the board requiring its purchase, shall not be subject to taxation by the state or its political subdivisions. Each contract shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 16C, relating to competitive bidding, provided that, notwithstanding subdivision 5b, the board is not required to readvertise for competitive proposals for any transportation system, facilities and equipment heretofore selected from competitive proposals.
(a) The board may establish a schedule of charges for admission to or the use of the Minnesota Zoological Garden or any related facility. Notwithstanding section 16A.1283, legislative approval is not required for the board to establish a schedule of charges for admission or use of the Minnesota Zoological Garden or related facilities. The board shall have a policy admitting elementary school children at a reduced charge when they are part of an organized school activity. The Minnesota Zoological Garden will offer free admission throughout the year to economically disadvantaged Minnesota citizens equal to ten percent of the average annual attendance. However, the zoo may charge at any time for parking, special services, and for admission to special facilities for the education, entertainment, or convenience of visitors.
(b) The board may provide for the purchase, reproduction, and sale of gifts, souvenirs, publications, informational materials, food and beverages, and grant concessions for the sale of these items. Notwithstanding subdivision 5b, section 16C.09 does not apply to activities authorized under this paragraph.
The board may contract for supplies, materials, purchase or rental of equipment, and utility services. Except as provided in subdivision 5b, chapter 16C does not apply to these contracts.
1969 c 868 s 2; 1969 c 1129 art 10 s 2; 1973 c 207 s 1,4; 1974 c 406 s 60; 1975 c 382 s 2,3; 1977 c 455 s 78; 1979 c 333 s 75; 1980 c 433 s 1; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 204-214; 1987 c 404 s 105; 1988 c 629 s 16; 1989 c 155 s 6; 1989 c 335 art 1 s 73-78; 1995 c 220 s 70; 1996 c 305 art 3 s 7; 1997 c 187 art 5 s 11; 2Sp1997 c 3 s 13; 1998 c 254 art 1 s 20; 1998 c 386 art 2 s 27-30; 1999 c 99 s 11; 2000 c 501 s 3; 2002 c 220 art 8 s 10; 2003 c 128 art 1 s 46; 2004 c 284 art 2 s 10; 2008 c 194 s 3; 2009 c 101 art 2 s 109
All receipts from parking and admission to the Minnesota Zoological Garden shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited to an account in the special revenue fund, and are annually appropriated to the board for operations and maintenance.
All receipts and interest from the operation of zoo concessions, memberships, and donations must be deposited in a special account in the special revenue fund and are appropriated to the board.
1969 c 868 s 4; 1973 c 207 s 2; 1973 c 492 s 14; 1975 c 382 s 6-9; 1976 c 2 s 172; 1977 c 455 s 79; 1979 c 333 s 78,79; 1981 c 356 s 277,278; 1983 c 301 s 103,104; 1984 c 597 s 40; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 215,374; 1987 c 404 s 106; 1989 c 335 art 4 s 25,26; 1992 c 513 art 2 s 22; 1997 c 216 s 68
For the purpose of providing money appropriated to the Minnesota Zoological Board from the Minnesota Zoological Garden building account for the acquisition and betterment of public land, buildings, and improvements of a capital nature, when authorized by law and requested by the board, the commissioner of management and budget shall sell and issue bonds of the state of Minnesota for the prompt and full payment of which, with interest thereon, the full faith, credit, and taxing powers of the state are irrevocably pledged. The proceeds of such bonds shall be credited to the building account, except that accrued interest and any premium received on sale of the bonds shall be credited to the state bond fund account referred to in subdivision 4, together with any additional sum directed to be so credited by any law authorizing an issue of such bonds. Bonds shall be issued pursuant to this section only as authorized by subdivision 6 or by another law in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, article XI, section 7. Any law authorizing the issuance of bonds in the manner provided in this section shall, together with this section, constitute complete authority for such issue, and such bonds shall not be subject to restrictions or limitations contained in any other law.
Upon request by resolution of the Minnesota Zoological Board and upon authorization as provided in subdivision 1 the commissioner of management and budget shall sell and issue Minnesota Zoological Garden bonds in the aggregate amount requested, upon sealed bids and upon such notice, at such price, in such form and denominations, bearing interest at such rate or rates, maturing in such amounts and on such dates, without option of prepayment or subject to prepayment upon such notice and at such times and prices, payable at such bank or banks within or outside the state, with such provisions for registration, conversion, and exchange and for the issuance of notes in anticipation of the sale or delivery of definitive bonds, and in accordance with such further rules, as the commissioner of management and budget shall determine, subject to the approval of the attorney general, but not subject to chapter 14, including section 14.386. The bonds shall be executed by the commissioner of management and budget under official seal. The signature on the bonds and any appurtenant interest coupons and the seal may be printed, lithographed, engraved, or stamped thereon, except that each bond shall be authenticated by the manual signature on its face of the commissioner of management and budget or of an officer of a bank designated by them as authenticating agent. The commissioner of management and budget shall ascertain and certify to the purchasers of the bonds the performance and existence of all acts, conditions, and things necessary to make them valid and binding general obligations of the state of Minnesota, subject to the approval of the attorney general.
All expenses incidental to the sale, execution, delivery and other expenses of bonds pursuant to this section, including but not limited to actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses of state officers and employees for such purposes, shall be paid from the Minnesota Zoological Garden building account, and the amounts necessary therefor are appropriated from that account; provided that if any amount is specifically appropriated for this purpose in an act authorizing the issuance of bonds pursuant to this section, such expenses shall be limited to the amount so appropriated.
The commissioner of management and budget shall maintain in the state bond fund a separate bookkeeping account which shall be designated as the State Zoological Garden bond account, to record receipts and disbursements of money transferred to the fund to pay Minnesota Zoological Garden bonds and income from the investment of such money, which income shall be credited to the account in each fiscal year. The amounts directed by section 85A.04, subdivision 2 to be transferred annually to this bond account are appropriated thereto, and the legislature may also appropriate to the bond account any other money in the state treasury not otherwise appropriated. On November 1 of each year there shall be transferred to the bond account all of the money then available under any such appropriation or such lesser sum as will be sufficient, with all money previously transferred to the account and all income from the investment of such money, to pay all principal and interest then and theretofore due and all principal and interest to become due to and including July 1 in the second ensuing year on Minnesota Zoological Garden bonds. All money so transferred and all income from the investment thereof shall be available for the payment of such bonds and interest thereon, and so much thereof as may be necessary is appropriated for such payments. The state auditor and commissioner of management and budget are directed to make the appropriate entries in the accounts of the respective funds.
On or before December 1 in each year the state auditor shall levy on all taxable property within the state whatever tax may be necessary to produce an amount sufficient, with all money then and theretofore credited to the Minnesota Zoological Garden bond account, to pay the entire amount of principal and interest then and theretofore due and principal and interest to become due on or before July 1 in the second year thereafter on Minnesota Zoological Garden bonds. This tax shall be subject to no limitation of rate or amount until all such bonds and interest thereon are fully paid. The proceeds of this tax are appropriated and shall be credited to the state bond fund, and the principal of and interest on the bonds are payable from such proceeds, and the whole thereof, or so much as may be necessary, is appropriated for such payments. If at any time there is insufficient money from the proceeds of such taxes to pay the principal and interest when due on Minnesota Zoological Garden bonds, such principal and interest shall be paid out of the general fund in the state treasury, and the amount necessary therefor is hereby appropriated, with such sums from tax levies and the general fund subject to future reimbursement to the bond fund by the Minnesota Zoological Garden bond account as indicated in section 85A.04, subdivision 2.
For the purpose of providing money for the acquisition and betterment of public land, buildings, and improvements of a capital nature needed for the Minnesota Zoological Garden in accordance with the comprehensive plan of the Minnesota Zoological Board adopted in accordance with section 85A.02, subdivision 2, the commissioner of management and budget is directed to sell and issue Minnesota Zoological Garden bonds in the amount of $23,025,000 in the manner and upon the conditions provided in subdivisions 1 to 5. The commissioner of management and budget may sell or issue an additional $2,350,000 of bonds, but no part thereof shall be expended unless equally matched by other than state appropriations. Any gifts, grants, or contributions accepted pursuant to section 85A.02, subdivision 5, other than contribution of lands by governmental entities, for the establishment or operation of the Minnesota Zoological Garden, whether in cash or in kind, shall be considered as matching funds. Noncash items shall be tangible real or personal property and shall be attributed as matching funds according to their fair market value at the time of receipt. The bonds may include a sum representing interest to accrue on the bonds from and after its date of issue through the anticipated period of construction and development of the Zoological Garden, which sum is needed for the payment and security of the interest payments during that period, but in no event shall the bonds exceed the maximum amount stated above. The bonds shall be sold, issued, and secured as provided in subdivisions 1 to 5 and in article XI, section 7, of the Constitution, except that none of the bonds of any series issued pursuant to this authorization shall mature earlier than one year after the date of completion of the Minnesota Zoological Garden and related facilities as estimated by the Minnesota Zoological Board at the time of the issuance of such series. The proceeds of the bonds, except premium and accrued interest, are appropriated to the Minnesota Zoological Garden building account for expenditure by the Minnesota Zoological Board for the purpose for which the bonds are authorized in accordance with the provisions of section 85A.04, subdivision 2. In order to reduce the amount of taxes otherwise required by the Constitution to be levied for the payment of interest and principal on the bonds, there is also appropriated annually to the Minnesota state zoological bond account in the state bond fund from the general fund a sum of money sufficient in amount, when added to the balance on hand on November 1 in each year in the bond account, to pay all principal and interest due and to become due on the bonds to and including July 1 in the second ensuing year. The money received and on hand pursuant to this annual appropriation is available in the state bond fund prior to the levy of the tax in any year required by the Constitution and by subdivision 5 and shall be used to reduce the amount of the tax otherwise required to be levied.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes