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The goal of city officials tonight is to vote on a contract with the Thousand Islands Privateers to move the team to the Watertown Municipal Arena at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds next season.

Officials worked all week last week on the final details of the franchise agreement with the Federal Hockey League team to prepare for a vote during tonight’s City Council meeting, which will start at 6:30.

“I expect it to be and hope it will,” Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham said.

The city attorney’s office still had to review the document. Team owner Nicole E. Kirnan’s attorney reviewed the draft agreement and wanted some language changed, the mayor said.

On Thursday, Ms. Kirnan met with the council’s remaining holdouts, Councilman Joseph M. Butler Jr. and Councilwoman Teresa R. Macaluso, to answer some unresolved questions.

“It went pretty well,” Mr. Butler said. He said that he remained undecided and planned to do more research over the weekend.

The contract will take four votes to pass.

Ms. Kirnan could not be reached for comment Friday.

Council members had discussed the tentative agreement last Monday night:

n The team would have use of a locker room, although the players would have to remove their equipment after each game to let high school teams use those facilities. Locker rooms were a sticking point in the talks. Additional locker rooms would be provided to opposing teams and officials.

n The team would pay $70 per hour for practices and $100 per hour for games. The Privateers would play 26 to 30 home games, seven to nine of them on Friday or Saturday nights. The season would run from mid-October to March. The team also would pay $1,475 for the season for office space at the fairgrounds.

n The team would receive all beer concessions, but a licensed caterer must obtain an alcohol license from the state Liquor Authority.

n The city would receive all food concessions, which could generate about $4 per person, Ms. Kirnan said. The team hopes to attract 1,000 fans per game.

n The Privateers would be able to sell advertising on temporary signs around the arena.

For the past two seasons, the Privateers played their home games at Bonnie Castle Recreation Center in Alexandria.

In other business, council members plan to tour City Center Plaza, off Arsenal Street near Interstate 81.

Owner Patrick M. Donegan hopes to persuade the city to build a road through nearby Stateway Plaza to let him lure a national retailer to construct a big-box store at his development.

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