EAST GRAND FORKS — Members of City Council discussed in detail Tuesday the moving parts of a facilities use agreement between the City of East Grand Forks and Leighton Broadcasting for an event later this year.
Leighton Broadcasting will host the annual Craft Beer Show/Tasting event at the Civic Center on September 23-24. A change to this year’s event includes hosting a concert, which has raised issues that council members and Parks and Recreation Superintendent Reid Huttunen said need to be resolved.
One of the unknowns is a request from Leighton Broadcasting to remove glass from hockey boards around the arena. Huttunen said it will take time and cost more because East Grand Forks does not currently have the necessary equipment.
Among other concerns, according to Huttunen, are how many tickets will be sold — he wants to be sure the arena is big enough — and what concierge and security services will be provided.
Huttunen said the contract rental rate may increase depending on the number of people attending, the services needed and whether or not all glass in the arena needs to be removed. In the current agreement, the rental rate is $1,500 for the event. Leighton Broadcasting operations manager Jared Thomas Spoor said he was willing to offset the costs associated with glass removal, as well as overtime costs for East Grand Forks Police Department officers. .
Board members will continue to discuss any necessary changes to the Facilities Use Agreement at future Board meetings.
In other council news Tuesday:
- Council members approved the awarding of the VFW Arena drainage and pedestrian improvements to Opp Construction in the amount of $119,026.20. The construction will fix the issues of standing water and water returning to the arena. Frost lifted the concrete and asphalt leading to the gates of the arena’s south entrance.
- The board approved the updated Title VI and Limited English Proficiency Plan for Transportation in the Cities Region.