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Deadline looming over Privateers’ move to Watertown

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The owner of the Thousand Islands Privateers needs to have an answer next week about whether the Federal Hockey League team will move to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

Both team owner Nicole E. Kirnan and city officials are working out a snag over a home-team locker room that came up last week. Yet they also are optimistic that a deal can be worked out to bring the Privateers to Watertown.

On Thursday, Ms. Kirnan said Watertown remains the team’s top choice. The league needs to know next week where the team will be playing, she said.

“We’re still working on it,” she said, adding that she expects the City Council to address the situation at Monday’s meeting.

At this point, interim City Manager John C. Krol said the city still has three options: installing a new locker room in the city-owned ice arena at a cost of $200,000 to $300,000; giving the team exclusive rights to the facility’s locker rooms or giving the team access to them without exclusive rights.

City officials also are exploring whether portable showers can be either purchased or rented for next season. Mr. Krol said he intends to give the council an update Monday night; he said it will be a council decision.

Earlier, the team rejected a proposal to bring in a trailer that could be used for a locker room.

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