The Brainerd City Council will consider a contract with Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association for management of the Brainerd Area Civic Center and its two ice arenas in a special meeting Tuesday night.
The city's Personnel and Finance Committee spent several meetings the past month ironing out contract language and last week approved a proposed draft contract.
Mary Koep, council member and Personnel and Finance Committee chairwoman, said Sunday she understands the full council may want to make changes to the committee's recommendation, but she is hopeful the council will approve a contract wen it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Brainerd City Hall.
"There was lot of work, a lot of thought and discussion," Koep said of the committee's work. "I don't feel the committee took it lightly at all and I am pleased with the outcome."
If approved, the contract will be sent to BAHA for consideration.
One contentious issue, allowing BAHA to sell the naming rights for the arena, was kept in the contract recommended by the committee, Koep said. The word Brainerd has to remain in the name, however.
"If we want them to be self-supporting in that arena, and that's the goal, we want to give them tools to do that," Koep said. "We can't cut them off from every potential revenue source."
BAHA was one of two groups that submitted proposals in June to manage the arenas.
The contract recommended by the committee is for five years. BAHA will control hiring employees, scheduling and rates and be responsible for all maintenance and repairs up to $10,000. The city will be responsible for the cost of maintenance and repair after BAHA has paid the initial $10,000.
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