Additional summer ice time at the Brainerd Area Civic Center has been granted for Vacationland Figure Skating Club, Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association and Upper Midwest High School Elite League.
The Brainerd City Council on Monday in a 4-1 vote approved allowing ice time from June 9-14 and Aug. 24-Sept. 7 - surrounding the time Minnesota Hockey Camps uses the arenas - as long as the groups cover the additional cost of having the ice in, which staffers estimated at about $400 a day.
Council member Bob Olson voted against the motion, saying $400 a day would not cover the cost of utilities for the arenas. Olson noted that in August of 2007 utilities cost $665 per day and in September they cost $532 a day.
Olson said he would support the additional ice time as long as the groups covered the costs of utilities.
Several council members noted that having the groups in town, especially the Upper Midwest High School Elite League, which brings in hockey players from all over the state, would be an economic benefit for the city.
"All these numbers are estimates. We don't know where they're going to be," said council member Goedker, who after considerable discussion made the motion to approve the extra ice. "I doubt it will be lower, but comes down to a question of do we want them here or not."
Though he understood the possible discrepancy, council President Kelly Bevans said the difference is being able to bring the Upper Midwest High School Elite League to Brainerd.
"I think we're arguing over peanuts," Bevans said.
In other action, the council:
Heard a presentation from Brainerd Library Board member Mary Koep, who noted that in 2007 the library had 177,320 visitors with 19,387 registered borrowers. She also noted there was 249,229 total circulation out 67,300 items available for check out. The library added 5.087 news titles, 1,700 gift items, two self checkout computers, a rocking chair and wireless Internet connections. "It's a wonderful service and I hope you would all access it," Koep said.
Was reminded by City Planner Mark Ostgarden that the Brainerd zoning ordinance draft is available for review at the Brainerd Public Library, Brainerd City Hall and at the city's Web site, www.ci.brainerd.mn.us and that the Planning Commission is hosting an open house on the draft ordinance is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Brainerd City Hall.
Was informed by Ostgarden that Brainerd for a Lifetime committee is meeting from noon-3 p.m. April 15 at First Lutheran Church to develop and assessment plan for the aging.
Approved a one-year lease extension for Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association.
Was informed that the Oxtrot statue that was originally intended to be placed in the city's parking lot on Laurel Street between South Sixth and South Seventh streets will instead be placed in a planter in front of E L Menk Jeweler on Laurel and South Seventh streets.
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