With coverage of the Wednesday meeting between the Privateers and Councilman Smith and me, I should provide some elaboration for other stake holders at the Fairgrounds Arena as well as City Council and staff.
This seems the easiest way to do that.
It comes down to the difference between 'conceptual', 'exploratory' and 'preliminary' talks...All of which come before 'substantive' discussions.
This week's session was definately conceptual in nature and a chance for the parties to meet and see whether there is merit to further talks.
I hope to hear this weekend from the team owner on their impressions of the facility and I am sure the matter will be raised Monday night as well.
The natural inclination with something like this is to quickly do the calculus on how will affect me? What's it cost ? Is it logistically doable ? and who is getting the chance to make money ?
I am of the opinion that if the team is interested, then some preliminary talks could be held involving staff to answer the afore mentioned questions.
In the meantime, no one is trying to pull a fast one or big foot anyone. It has to start somewhere and this matter began Wednesday in my office. Where it goes from here, time will tell.
Watertown Daily Times Privateers must decide on move by end of April