A four-fifths vote will be needed to approve a franchise agreement with the Privateers hockey team for use of the Fairgrounds Arena as their home for the 2012-13 season.
The outline of a deal negotiated by City Manager John Krol and team owner Nicole Kirnan was circulated to Council members over the weekend for their review. If acceptable, it will be drawn up in contract form for a formal vote.
In essence, the team will pay prevailing rates for ice team and have the franchise for beer and banners. The City retains all rights to sell food, which should allow for continued improvements to the city owned concession stand that has been doing well with the calendar of events now being held.
Sharing use of the limited locker rooms was an issue that has been worked out with little capital cost.
While the team has its critics dating to its time in Alexandria Bay, there is also a desire to have pro hockey as a spectator event locally. While there are risks and challenges, I think trying it for a season to see how it goes is within our means and in the public interest.
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