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Staff report recommends Town operate concessions in Beeton, Tottenham

Posted July 7, 2014

Council will be asked tonight to approve the parks, recreation, and culture department to take over operation of concessions in Beeton and Tottenham arenas as an in-house function, which has been the case since last April, when the previous operator's contract was terminated "due to a number of contraventions."

In her report to councillors, Wendy Rowland, Senior Supervisor Recreation and Community Services, suggests as a starting point, concessions in Tottenham would operate 36 hours per week for 24 weeks, at an estimated cost of $26,500 generating $35,000 in revenues; and 22 hours per week in Beeton, at a cost of $17,000, and revenues of $28,000. Currently, there is not a concession operation at Alliston Memorial Arena, which is serviced by vending machines.

The New Tecumseth Recreation Centre would be excluded because the concession and vending is leased to Ward 6 councillor Richard Norcross, who in 2012 sold back the Hornet's Nest and exclusive hold on food and alcohol sales back to the Town for $50,000. In exchange, Mr. Norcross held onto the Concession and vending machines over a 10 year period (renewable in five year intervals) at a rate of 10 per cent of his gross revenues per year.

Ms. Rowland suggests that the concessions operated by the Town would provide consistent services, a situation that hasn't been the case in Beeton and Tottenham over the past few years.

"As the Town expands vending initiatives and further utilizes the hospitality division, resulting revenue generated will support the department's commitment to achieve sustainable programs, facilities and services," according to Ms. Rowland. "As concession, vending and hospitality services expand, cost savings resulting from increased volume and efficiency of multi-tasking staff will further enhance the department's ability to increase the revenue to expenditure ratio. Utilizing existing staff onsite will allow the department to broaden services such as coffee service to meetings, special event catering and seasonal operations including satellite concession services at the Alliston Rotary Pool."

The coming hockey season includes a new Jr. A entry in the GTMHL, the Tottenham Steam, which "will offer an additional opportunity to the operation of the concession and hospitality services. This could include a licensed booster club area and food seat service in the stadium."

However, there's a second option for councillors to consider as well, which would re-issue an RFP for the operation of these concession.

"This eliminates the ability of the Town to ensure consistent hours of operation and to benefit from the economic efficiency of operating vending, concessions and hospitality services."

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