Staff report recommends Town operate concessions in Beeton,
Posted July 7,
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
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
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."