Commission OKs events center contract

CNJ file photo Curry County Commissioners picked Global Spectrum Tuesday to manage the Special Events Center and fairgrounds for the next years.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Curry County Commissioners picked Global Spectrum on Tuesday to manage the Special Events Center and fairgrounds for the next two years.

Global Spectrum has been managing the SEC since May under a six month contract.

Tuesday’s decision added the fairgrounds to the deal.

Global Spectrum Vice President Dean Dennis said his company can reduce annual expenses by about $87,000 and expects to increase profits by at least $2,000.

The management fee is $120,000 a year.

Dennis said it is logical to combine the two facilities in one contract because they share resources and there is a lot of crossover.

“We’re going to do a lot of events that are going to be campus-wide,” he said.

Traditions of the fair will be upheld, Dennis said. He also said his company will add to those traditions and they believe they can increase profits.

Rodeo supporter Wilma Fulgham said she was concerned about the ability of non-profit groups to sell concessions at the fairgrounds and center during events.

Kevin Jolley, who has managed the center for Global Spectrum said non-profit groups will continue to be able to use concessions for fundraising. He added, however, they will sell products from Global Spectrum and will receive a percentage of the proceeds for staffing concession stands.

“I know some of the groups may not like it, but at the end of the day the county still has to keep the lights on,” Jolley said.

Curry County Manager Lance Pyle told commissioners having a management company oversee both facilities will end a lot of extra work for county staff.

“It’s going to save a lot of staff time that could be put to other uses,” he said.

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting:

• Detention Administrator Lois Bean said metal detectors have been installed at the jail and are working. Bean also said she is trying to resolve a problem with a new security camera system that only stores recordings for nine days instead of the 30 days promised by the company.