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City Council to discuss contract for Privateers’ move

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The Watertown City Council may be ready Monday night to draft a contract with the Thousand Islands Privateers for their move to the municipal ice arena next season.

Team owner Nicole E. Kirnan met with interim City Manager John C. Krol and other city officials Thursday night. The only sticking point has been the use of the locker rooms at the arena at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

“I think we’ve worked out the logistics with the team,” Mr. Krol said Friday, adding he plans to update council members Monday night about the progress of the talks.

The Federal Hockey League team seemed to have agreed to “all the points” discussed Thursday, so it will be up to council members whether to go ahead with a contract, Mr. Krol said. City Attorney Robert J. Slye would draw up the agreement.

Last week, the city put forth a counterproposal that would allow the team to use the locker room, but players would have to remove their equipment between their games so that high school teams could use the facilities. The team wanted exclusive use of the locker room.

The Figure Skating Club of Watertown has expressed concerns about losing ice time for its skaters should the team agree to the move.

In other action Monday night, the city’s Planning Department will be asked to authorize the mayor to enter an agreement with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation regarding the Soldiers and Sailors Monument project. The Planning Department is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to restore the monument in Public Square.

Senior Planner Michael A. Lumbis said letters were sent to 19 outdoor monument conservators who may be able to do the work. Their deadline to submit a proposal is June 12. All of them are located in the state, Mr. Lumbis said.

He hopes to have the approximately $200,000 project start in August.

The city has received a $150,000 state grant to restore the historic Soldiers and Sailors monument and must contribute a $50,000 match for the work.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Walter H. French Camp No. 17, Carthage, also has raised $3,220 for the project through a campaign during the past year, Mr. Lumbis said.

The project, the final component of the $7 million Public Square restoration completed in 2008, was prompted after Washington, D.C., consulting firm Conservation Solutions Inc. completed an assessment of the monument last year and determined that it needed work.

It includes repairing the foundation’s mortar joints and removing accumulated moss, dirt and stains that mar the monument’s appearance. Water, remnants of minerals and some rust run down the monument, causing discoloration.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the third-floor council chambers of City Hall, 245 Washington St.

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