Minnesota Hockey Camps will be in business through 2008.
The Brainerd City Council Monday approved, by a 6-1 vote, having Minnesota Hockey Camps pay $800,000 for 2008, which guaranteed the camp 800 hours of ice time, which equates to $125,000 per hour. Any hours over the 800 would be charged at $90 per hour. Under the contract, Minnesota Hockey Camps will have priority scheduling in the arenas.
Minnesota Hockey Camps paid $85 per hour for ice time in 2006 and $90 per hour for ice time in 2007. A meeting will be held in the summer of 2008 to discuss Minnesota Hockey Camps' 2009 rates.
Carrie Grillo of Minnesota Hockey Camps told the Personnel and Finance Committee that the camp agreed with the proposal but would be seeking a three- to five-year contract after next year.
Council member Bob Olson, who was the lone council member to vote against the contract, asked why the council would reduce the ice rental rates by $35 after 800 hours is used by Minnesota Hockey Camps.
"The taxpayers have been subsidizing Minnesota Hockey Camps since the second rink was constructed," Olson said. "I do not feel it's feasible or practical to reduce the ice rental rates by $35 per hour."
Olson offered amendment that Minnesota Hockey Camps be charged $125 for all ice usage after 800 hours, instead of $90 per hour. Council member Bonnie Cumberland seconded Olson's amendment, but the amendment was defeated by a 6-1 vote, with only Olson voting in favor.
Council and Personnel and Finance Committee member Mark O'Day said the hockey camp would use about 1,000 hours and that anything over 800 hours would be extra revenue for the city.
Council member Anne Nelson Fisher, who also is on the Personnel and Finance Committee, said the rationale for a reduced rate after 800 hours was because the hockey camp was a bulk user. Fisher also noted that the contract is only for one year.
"It's a significant increase in the expense for next year," Fisher said. "It's only a one year change so the price for additional hours above the guaranteed 800 hours is justified."
The council also approved setting a rate of $125 per hour for all other summer ice usage at the arenas for 2008.
In other action, the council:
Listened as council President Kelly Bevans gave his regular opening greeting calling the council meeting to order in Swedish in honor of Mayor James Wallin's recent trip to Brainerd's Sister City of Leksand, Sweden. "I would like to publicly thank our (council) president for his fine announcements in Swedish," Wallin said.
Appointed council members Kevin Goedker and Bonnie Cumberland and City Administrator Dan Vogt as a committee to meet with Oak Lawn Township officials regarding an annexation policy. The city has received a petition from Future Brainerd Growth LLC to annex a 120-acre parcel that is currently two miles outside of the city's boundaries. The council June 18 denied a previous request for annexation from Future Brainerd Growth because it included the city paying $300,000 to the developers. A motion on Monday to again reject the developer's petition was defeated by a 5-2 vote, with council members Bob Olson and Mark O'Day in favor of denial. Goedker was against denial because he believed there should be discussion on how the city would provide services for future growth.
Called for applicants for five two-year terms for a Rental Housing Board of Appeals. Two of the members shall be real estate agents or brokers residential rental property managers or residential rental property owners; two members shall be tenants or residential rental housing advocates; and one member shall be appointed from the general public.
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