Meetings Watch: Curry County Commission
Published: Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
In other business at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting: —The county will find out exactly how much it will pay for a Special Events Center already under construction. County Manager Lance Pyle said he will work with County Attorney Stephen Doerr to issue a new contract with the construction management company to nail down the exact cost to construct the 96,100 square-foot, 6,600-seat facility. Construction for the facility started in September. While estimated cost of the Center is about $7 million, the construction cost is not locked in, according to Pyle. “You’re at a point in time when cost certainty will help you,” said the county’s financial adviser, Rob Burpo. Under the current contract, DavTek is not obligated to keep the project under budget and there are no penalties for failing to meet the deadline, Doerr said. “There would be no incentive for them to do so,” he said. County Commissioners will also meet for a work study session to narrow a list of amenities needed when the center opens. A current list of amenities are estimated to cost about $2.2 million. The list includes a TV set for a green room, landscaping and bucking/roping chutes. Burpo recommended narrowing down the list to the essentials. “We think the first thing you have to do is get a handle on the cost of the arena itself,” he said. “I strongly recommend in very short order to decide what are wants and what are needs.” —Commissioners approved reopening bidding for management of the Special Events Center. The county sent out bids for private firms to manage the Center after Commissioner Robert Sandoval requested one. Though some companies expressed interest in bidding, the county did not receive one by the deadline. Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum did send out a bid, but was disqualified because it was late. The facility management firm did win a bid to manage both the Events Center and the County Fairgrounds. Concerned the county could not afford hiring the firm to manage two facilities, Sandoval requested to solicit bids just to manage the Events Center. —Commissioners approved contracts for marketing and entertainment for the 2008 Curry County Fair. They also approved a contract for amusement rides with Wright’s Amusement. The carnival ride company will pay the county 30 percent of the money generated from ticket sales, according to Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson. He said the ride company is guaranteeing the county will receive more than $25,000. Last year, the carnival rides banked about $60,000, he said.
Click Here To See More Stories Like This