Votes were deadlocked at 3-3 to approve a one-year contract with
"I'm pleased with it," said
The first request for an one-year extension was tabled from a previous council meeting due to concerns raised. Those concerns seem to still resonate during discussion of the contract, which took up most of the council meeting.
After some lengthy discussion, Councilman
"We need to look at all the expenses," said Whitlock when asked by an audience member why she voted against the contract.
Another motion was made for the original request with Salcido joining Councilman JR Doporto and Shirley in favor of the proposal, leaving the final vote with Janway.
Members of the
In addition to the concerts and events at the center, members pointed out that McKinney has added wireless internet, installed security cameras and created website where customers can purchase tickets and check event times.
"It's a proven fact that he's done better than anyone in the past," said member
"This is a city facility and I think we got away from the original plan," he said.
However, members of the center's advisory board continued their support for McKinney and Metal Shop Live, pointing out the added revenue the city had received since the company took over. So far, the center has generated
"Through the numbers, we have proven time and time again that a contractor is the best for a city,"
McKinney said he was happy with the final outcome but wished he had more support from city officials.
"I think it was little disappointing that I did not have the full support of the council," McKinney said. "But you never do on things of this nature."
Still, McKinney thanked the council and board for their support. And McKinney and Metal Shop Live have another year to change the hearts of the council and work has already begun. Future shows this year include an outing with
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