Debate brews over new ice rink manager

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Heavy hitters in Columbus are weighing in on who should oversee the city's brand new ice rink.

The $6 million facility, located next to the Columbus Civic Center, is expected to be complete in this spring.

Some city council members say the staff already at the Civic Center should oversee the new rink while others think a new manager should be hired as soon as possible so they can hit the ground running when it opens.

City Manager Isaiah Hugley suggests officials wait to fill the opening until the end of the current fiscal year to get a better idea of how much money is available. He says the Civic Center is already projecting a $300,000 net loss.

In the meantime, he says Civic Center staffers will look after the operations until the spot is filled.

"We've got management in place across the board from operations management to marketing to the director to all of the associated staff including ticketing and booking- all of those things are in place. This is a second facility that's going to be under the same management," Hugley added.

The city is moving forward with creating the managerial position.

Officials say the opening will be advertised once the job is approved by the mayor and council.

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