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Council Minutes 1999 12/02CITY OF MCCALL MINUTES Public Hearing City of McCall December 2, 1999 Public Hearing for Idaho Community Development Block Grant Karl Augustine representing IDA-ORE Planning and Development made a presentation. His speech is attached. Wayne Ruemmele representing Network Architects then explained the ice rink drawing. He showed the building and spaces proposed. The rink is NHL size and is capable of being a multi -use facility. It is foreseen that it will be open as an ice rink 7 months out of each year. Mr. Ruemmele then explained the inside of the building in detail. There will be space for ticket sales, skate rentals, an arcade/viewing room, restrooms, locker rooms, mechanical support, retail space, bleachers, storage, party rooms for rent, lockers, managers office and an elevator that is handicap accessible. The ice rink is 2 feet lower than the sidewalk to make the rink as open as possible to see inside. The theme of the ice rink is Western with large timbers and stone. It is covered, but has open walls to the outside. IPublic Comments I Mr. Augustine then allowed public comments. Curt Spalding residing at 304 Burns Road in McCall was the first to speak. He asked what would the grant pay for? Mr. Augustine said that it would pay for infrastructure that supports the facility, but not construction of the facility. Mr. Spalding said that sounds good to him. He believes it's a great idea. He has no reservations about the project at all. Mr. Spalding said that he would like to express his support on the McCall Ice Skating Rink. He believes it's a dream come true. The project is a perfect addition to compliment the present downtown project. The location is perfect and easily Page 1 of 2 accessible for children. The design is brilliant and compliments downtown. The economic benefit would be substantial. Valley County can become more diversified with the ice rink. There will be jobs for low-income people. Mr. Spalding fully supports the grant application. Curt suggested that if possible, the grant also be used to upgrade Art Robert's Park across the street. Mr. Augustine added that the application would be submitted under job creation. It is estimated that there will be 18 positions in total. Eleven will be full time and 14 part time positions. Lindley Kirkpatrick, Acting City Manager/City Planner expressed the City's support of the ICDBG program. The City Council is looking forward to a formal presentation of the ice rink. He added that it would be fun to work on the project. Ballard Smith residing on Lick Creek Road in McCall, representing the Sabala Foundation said that he agreed with everything that had been said by Mr. Spalding and Mr. Kirkpatrick. He also added that the project compliments both the Manchester and Carey projects. There will be many jobs created on -site and within the area because it is a multi -purpose center. The project will help to fill the empty retail areas. Mr. Smith stated however that the only way the project will be a success is if it is a community project. He believes that the grant helps to make it a community project. Irwin Mulnick residing at 203 Mather Road in McCall, representing the McCall Ice Skating Association expressed his support. He said that he totally supports the project and the grant application. He believes that the grant is an important part of the project. Karl Augustine then closed the public comment section at 7:45p.m. ATTEST: Page 2 of 2