The city council wrapped up its briefing on the proposal to contract to turn over the keys to Fair Park to a new private non-profit foundation after three-plus hours of questioning and pontificating from the horseshoe. Two big things stuck out.
The first was a question raised by council member Philip Kingston regarding the state law that allows for municipalities to enter into agreements like the one former Hunt Oil executive Walter Humann has brought to the table. The law provides an exception to the usual required process to vet multiple potential bidders if the proposed contract is for “management services provided by a nonprofit organization to a municipal museum, park, zoo, or other facility to which the organization has provided significant financial or other benefits.” Kingston pointed out that unlike Klyde Warren Park, Humann’s non-profit was not approaching the city with pre-raised funds for the park. And so, what were the “other benefits” that the foundation was offering the city?Read More