Could be we got the Mayor hotlines a little late this week and it could be due to summer vacations.
However, this entry jumped out at us and when we did some checking it looks like there is plenty of recent and–perhaps future– “personnel action” at the City’s IceWorld rink.
The facility was donated by the late J.R. Simplot and despite claims to the contrary, it has been a pain in the proverbial butt for Boise officials. There has been a history of thievery, employees of questionable character, midnight runs to Burger King on Zambonis, and now the following complaint
mined from the Hotline. No word from the city or others if this allegation is even true–it just appeared on the Hotline transcript.
IceWorld: “As a concerned citizen for the City of Boise, it is very unfair that at Idaho
IceWorld, the hockey director and the figure skater director, on city time, can be allowed
to do classes in which they make personal gain and cause the rest of the city works to
be backed up for just their benefit of personal gain during city hours. I would like
somebody to please look into this. Thank you very much.”
We admittedly haven’t checked on the recent figures, but the facility has always been on financial thin ice. It would seem that it is skidding out of control a bit most of the time and has the potential for a meltdown if not properly and efficiently managed.
Apparently we are off a bit on the tone. Jim Hall, director of parks, tells us the IceWorld has made nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in the past four years. Users were half adults in 2004 and today it is 75% youth. Visits have climbed from 350,000 to 550,000.
Instruction is done on city time as part of the recreation program. Private instruction is done on non-city time at a rate of $8 per person per half hour. That money is for “ice rental time” which goes back to the city. That training is done only during freestyle training time. In short, it is clean and while the “competitive training” is conducted by the same coaches, it is all off duty. Case closed.
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