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Town won't make or lose money on Ulin Rink, official says

Posted by Johanna Seltz  August 25, 2010 11:02 AM

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The town will neither make nor lose money in its contract with Curry College for management of the Max Ulin Ice Skating Rink, according to Town Administrator Kevin Mearn.

“Right now it looks like a cost neutral contract,” Mearn said. “The town isn’t looking for any revenue. We just want to make sure we don’t run into a deficit.”

Selectmen last week picked Curry College to run the rink, over the Ulin Rink Management Group, a new non-profit formed by local residents.

The vote was 2-1, with Selectman Robert C. Sweeney voting for the non-profit and the other board members saying they preferred Curry’s management experience and deep pockets.

The town has a five-year permit to manage the state-owned rink, but chose to give the responsibility to an outside group. Mearn said Curry would get a three-year contract, the longest selectmen are allowed to award under state law.

He said the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, which had operated the rink for years and retains ownership, sets the rules for who gets priority for ice time. The general public comes first, followed by youth hockey, high school hockey, other non-profit groups and then colleges.

The Curry Colonels men’s ice hockey team uses the rink, as do numerous youth and adult hockey organizations and the Milton High School hockey team.

Mearn said Curry has agreed to make improvements at the rink to make it more energy efficient.

The town is committed to opening the rink on September 15, he said.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seelenfam@verizon.net.

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