After some financial haggling several weeks ago, the Watertown City Council Monday night approved a tentative design for the aviary at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. After an initial design for about $590,000 was rejected by the council, architects went back to the drawing board and came up with a second, less expensive design at a cost of $487,000. That design was approved by the council, which also agreed to name the structure after the late former city mayor Karl Burns. The new structure will be used as a learning center for the zoo. Also at last night's council meeting, City Manager Mary Corriveau was grilled on the hiring of two managers for the city's revamped Parks and Recreations Department. Several members of council have criticized what they see as the slow process in filling the two vacant positions. Corriveau says she is continuing to conduct interviews among the applicants.
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