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File #: AI 13-2484    Version: Name: zoo agreement
Type: Action Item Status: Passed
File created: 9/15/2020 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 10/13/2020 Final action: 10/13/2020
Title: Consider recommendation from the Executive Committee to approve an agreement with the San Antonio Zoological Society, Inc., for the lease of self-contained portable research facilities, in exchange for in-kind considerations.
Attachments: 1. 20-036-EXE San Antonio Zoo Lease Agreement Exp 10-2030 Clean, 2. 20-036-EXE San Antonio Zoo Lease Agreement Exp 10-2030 Redline
Title
Consider recommendation from the Executive Committee to approve an agreement with the San Antonio Zoological Society, Inc., for the lease of self-contained portable research facilities, in exchange for in-kind considerations.

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RECOMMENDED MOTION:

Move the board approve an equipment lease agreement between the EAA and the San Antonio Zoological Society, Inc, for the lease of self-contained portable research facilities, in exchange for in-kind considerations associated with collaborative educational opportunities at the San Antonio Zoo.

SUMMARY:

The purpose of this agenda item is for the board to consider an Executive Committee recommendation to approve an equipment lease agreement with the San Antonio Zoological Society, Inc. (Zoo) for the lease of three self-contained portable research facilities owned by the EAA and located at the Zoo. These facilities, which consist of three fully-equipped shipping containers informally referred to as "pods," were installed in 2015 to support the EAA's salvage refugia operations as required by the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (EAHCP). Upon execution of a long-term agreement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for off-site refugia for the eleven covered species identified in the EAHCP, the Zoo expressed interest in retaining the EAA-owned pods. In September 2017, the EAA and the Zoo entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to serve as the basis for a draft equipment lease agreement to be presented at a future date for board approval. The board recently extended the expiration of this MOU through October 15, to allow the parties time to complete the negotiation of the equipment lease agreement.

The equipment lease agreement, which has been reviewed by legal counsel, is attached to this summary. Under the terms of this agreement, the EAA will allow the Zoo to continue using the pods for its own research purposes. In exchange, the Zoo agrees to:

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