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File #: 1322-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/4/2022 In control: Recreation & Parks Committee
On agenda: 6/6/2022 Final action: 6/9/2022
Title: To authorize and direct the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with Franklin Park Conservatory for the administration and implementation of the Franklin Park Master Plan and related capital improvement projects in the amount of $250,000.00; to authorize the expenditure of $250,000.00 from the Recreation and Parks Voted Bond Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($250,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Legislation - Franklin Park Conservatory - CIP 2022 - FINAL - ATTACHMENT

Explanation

 

Background:  This ordinance authorizes the Director of the Recreation and Parks Department to enter into contract with the Franklin Park Conservatory for the administration and implementation of the Franklin Park Master Plan and related capital improvement projects. The amount being authorized by this ordinance is $250,000.00.

 

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens requested capital support from the City of Columbus in 2021 to fund three capital projects. This $250,000.00 commitment from the City of Columbus supports the modernization of the 30 year old elevator in the Conservatory’s Visitor Center, improving its reliability and safety. It will also support the modernization of the heavily used 30 year old restrooms in the Grand Atrium of the Conservatory, improving function and aesthetics. Lastly, this commitment will support expanded electrical distribution and the addition of LED lighting to the Conservatory’s Mallway which will improve general operations, special events, and exhibitions.

 

It has been determined that it is beneficial for the Franklin Park Conservatory to perform the administration of these projects to allow for the least disruption to the daily operations of Conservatory business. The funds will be used to reimburse the Conservatory for expenditures in conjunction with these projects as part of the implementation of the Master Plan for the Conservatory and Franklin Park.

 

Principal Parties:

Franklin Park Conservatory Joint Recreation District

1777 East Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43203

Federal Identification Number: 31-1364884 (Non-Profit Organization)

 

Emergency Justification: Emergency action is requested to allow the City to reimburse the Franklin Park Conservatory as soon as possible as plans for the park are moving forward and work has commenced.

 

Benefits to the Public: These improvements will benefit the community by enhancing the visitor experience, creating a more attractive destination for Central Ohio residents and beyond. Franklin Park, The Conservatory, and Botanical Gardens are an asset to the entire Central Ohio community.

 

Community Input Issues: The Community has expressed a desire for cultural enrichment and improvements to parks available to residents through workshops, surveys, and direct contact with staff.

 

Area(s) Affected: Near East (56) - The entire City of Columbus, Central Ohio, and beyond will benefit from these improvements, adding to the quality of life for citizens and creating an attractive environment for industry.

 

Master Plan Relation: This project supports the mission of the Recreation and Parks by enhancing the quality of life of our citizens.  The Master Plan’s focus on creating improved facilities and parks is supported by these improvements.

 

Fiscal Impact: $250,000.00 is budgeted and available from within the Recreation and Parks Voted Bond Fund 7702 to meet the financial obligations of this contract.

 

Title

 

To authorize and direct the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with Franklin Park Conservatory for the administration and implementation of the Franklin Park Master Plan and related capital improvement projects in the amount of $250,000.00; to authorize the expenditure of $250,000.00 from the Recreation and Parks Voted Bond Fund;  and to declare an emergency. ($250,000.00)

 

Body

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary authorize the Director of Recreation and Parks to enter into contract with the Franklin Park Conservatory for the administration and implementation of the Franklin Park Master Plan and related capital improvement projects; and

 

WHEREAS, it is necessary to authorize the expenditure of $250,000.00 from the Recreation and Parks Voted Bond Fund 7702; and

 

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operation of the Recreation and Parks Department in that it is immediately necessary to enter into said contract to allow the City to reimburse the Franklin Park Conservatory as soon as possible as plans for the park are moving forward and work has commenced, all for the preservation of the public health, peace, property, safety, and welfare and, NOW, THEREFORE

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

 

SECTION 1. That the Director of Recreation and Parks be and is hereby authorized and directed to enter into contract with the Franklin Park Conservatory for the administration and implementation of the Franklin Park Master Plan and related capital improvement projects.

 

SECTION 2. That the funds necessary to carry out the purpose of this ordinance are hereby deemed appropriated, and the City Auditor shall establish such accounting codes as necessary.

 

SECTION 3. That the City Auditor is authorized to make any accounting changes to revise the funding source for all contracts or contract modifications associated with this ordinance.

 

SECTION 4. That the City Auditor is hereby authorized to transfer the unencumbered balance in a project account to the unallocated balance account within the same fund upon receipt of certification by the Director of the Department administering said project that the project has been completed and the monies are no longer required for said project.

 

SECTION 5. For the purpose stated in Section 1, the expenditure of $250,000.00 or so much thereof as may be necessary to pay the cost thereof, be and is hereby authorized from the Recreation and Parks Voted Bond Fund 7702 in object class 06 Capital Outlay per the accounting codes in the attachments to this ordinance. 

 

SECTION 6. That the monies in the foregoing Section 5 shall be paid upon order of the Director of Recreation and Parks, and that no order shall be drawn or monies paid except by voucher, the form of which shall be approved by the City Auditor.

 

SECTION 7. That for the reasons stated in the preamble hereto, which is hereby made a part hereof,, this ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure and shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval by the Mayor, or ten days after passage if the Mayor neither approves nor vetoes the same.