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February 1, 2005

Albany- City leaders postponed a decision Tuesday on whether to give animal expert Jim Fowler $100,000 for The Parks at Chehaw.

Fowler says he can't help the park without that money to help with private fundraising.

But city commissioners say the park already owes them more than $200,000 for work other city departments performed at Chehaw. The park has to pay up by the end of the year.

"He'd be coming in on his own money on his own time. He lives in Connecticut, his team lives in other parts of the country," said Doug Porter, executive director of Chehaw. "We'd like to bring them in to consult with us. We can't do it with no money."

Fowler previously told city leaders that it wouldn't cost them anything for him to take over part of the park.

posted at 11:12 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com