Kent Co to end Zoo Society contract

Kent Co to end Zoo Society contract


ARTPRIZE STUDIO AT THE GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM. HI, EVERYBODY. AM SUSAN SHAW. WE START WITH POTENTIALLY HUGE PROBLEM AT THE JOHN BALL ZOO. A PLACE MANY OF YOU VISIT AND ENJOY. MILLIONS IN PLEDGES COULD BE UP IN THE AIR NOW AFTER A CHANGE IN PLANS IN KENT COUNTY. WE BROKE THE STORY AT 5:00 AND NOW AT 6:00, RYAN TAKEO IS TAKING THE STORY FURTHER WITH REACTION FROM A COUNTY LEADER. HE IS LIVE AT THE ZOO. RYAN? BRIAN, SUE, GOOD EVENING. I TALKED TO THE KENT COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIR AND SHE TOLD ME THAT THIS MOVE SHOULD NOT COME AS A SHOCK. THIS LETTER GOES INTO DETAIL SAYING THAT THE COUNTY WILL NOT RENEW THE CONTRACT WITH THE JOHN BALL ZOO SOCIETY AND IT ALSO FUND-RAISERS FOR THE ZOO AND MEMBERS AND LEADERS OF THE JOHN BALL ZOO SOCIETY SAY WITHOUT THE MONEY, THE PLEDGES, THE ZOO SOCIETY TOLD IT COULD END DANGER THE FUTURE EXHIBITS. THEY DON’T KNOW FIT ON THE LINE. THEY SAY IT COULD ENDANGER IT. THE COMMISSION SENT THE LETTER TO THE ZOO SOCIETY EARLIER THIS WEEK. THE LETTER GUESS ON TO SAY THAT 18 MONTH TRANSITION MORE STREAM LINED ZOO LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE HAS TAKEN TOO LONG AND IT WILL BE BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND THE JOHN BALL ZOO SOCIETY. THE ALREADY COMES AT TIME A RECORD ATTENDANCE TO THE ZOO. THIS YEAR THE ZOO ADD THE NEW FEN NICKCULAR AND $12 MILLION FUND-RAISING BILL. THE ZOO SOCIETY TOLD ME THIS LETTER COULD NOT COME AT A WORSE TIME. I AM AFRAID WE’LL LOSE THIS WONDERFUL MOMENTUM THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE A MASTER PLAN. WE’RE ON TRACK TO OPEN MORE EXHIBITS AND I JUST DON’T WANT, UM, I DON’T WANT TO MAKE A MISSTEP. NOW THE KENT COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIR SAID THAT THEY BELIEVE THEY ARE DOING THIS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE ZOO, THAT THE LOSE SINGLE VISION OH AND OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS TWO NATIONAL CONSULTANTS THAT BELIEVE ESTABLISHING A NEW NONPROFIT AND ALSO THE PRIVATE JOHN BALL ZOO SOCIETY AND THEY SAY THIS IS ACCORDING TO THAT TIMELINE AND SURE HOPES THE TWO SIDES CAN WORK TOGETHER. WELL WE’LL HEARLE FROM THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER COMING UP AT 10:00 AND 11:00 SUSPECT

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