Blue Rink naming rights requested


Council to look at 2022 budget

BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council will consider a request to name the Blue Rink at Larson Ice Center the Brookings Dental Clinic Rink and whether to allow a woodworking shop on Fourth Street.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday with a study session for the 2022 budget, which includes discussion on outside agency funding and the budget-in-brief.

The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the City & County Government Center. In addition to action items, the agenda ends with an executive session to discuss “the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee,” according to the agenda.


Study session

Outside agency funding will go from $1.4 million in 2021 to a recommended $2.6 million in 2022. City Manager Paul Briseno said in the Oct. 4 council meeting that the greatest impact to the budget is the large payments for the Performing Arts Center II expansion and to the Brookings Health System expansion/addition.

Starting in 2022, the city will make a payment of $916,000 each year through 2027 for the PAC. Starting in 2022, the city will make a payment of $100,000 each year through 2026, and a payment of $75,000 in 2027 for BHS.


Blue Rink

Resolution 21-085 will allow the Blue Rink at the Larson Ice Center to be named Brookings Dental Clinic Rink for a period of 10 years, according to a memo by Dusty Rodiek, director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry.

As a part of the fundraising campaign for the Ranger Hockey Performance Center, the Brookings Ice Skating Association (BISA) offers naming rights to building features within the Larson Ice Center for 10-year increments, according to Rodiek’s memo.

“The annual contribution for the Blue Rink naming rights is $8,000 (per) year. Resulting in a total commitment of $80,000 towards the project,” according to Rodiek’s memo. The projected construction cost of the Hockey Performance Center is approximately $1 million.

“In 2019, (BISA) was awarded the advertising rights at the Larson Ice Center. Those advertising contracts enable the association to operate a successful youth hockey program and provides the funding for ice time at the facility which is paid to the city to offset operational costs,” according to Rodiek’s memo.

“In 2020, the concept of a hockey training center located on the east end of the current Blue Rink area was developed cooperatively with BISA, city staff and reviewed by the park advisory board. The goal of the training center will be to enhance current youth programs and create new ones for developing young hockey players,” according to Rodiek’s memo.

Construction is expected to begin in 2022, he added.

“The Brookings Ice Skating Association has committed to raising the full amount for the construction, related hockey training equipment, program staff, ongoing maintenance and amenity replacement as needed,” according to Rodiek’s memo.

“BISA has already secured a matching pledge of half the project cost along with additional dollars to create an endowment to support ongoing costs from Dale Larson, and he is comfortable with the naming rights fundraising strategy,” according to Rodiek’s memo.

The park advisory board has voted to recommend approval of the naming request, and more may be brought forward as they are secured.

Woodworking shop

Jerry Cooley has applied for a conditional use permit to operate a small woodworking shop, which is a major home occupation in a Residence R-2 Two-Family District at 202 Fourth St.

“The property at 202 Fourth St. includes a 200-square-foot detached garage in which the applicant would like to begin using as a small woodworking shop. A woodworking shop is considered a major home occupation which requires a conditional use permit for approval,” according to a memo by Ryan Miller, city planner.

“The woodworking shop could include the use of machinery such as a miter saw, table saw, router, and drills, etc. Products from the home occupation could include coasters, cutting boards, soap dishes, and small trinket shelves. The products would not be sold on site. The applicant has stated he may operate in the woodworking shop during late afternoon and evening hours after work. The shop would be located in the detached garage. Sufficient off-street parking remains with driveway spaces,” according to Miller’s memo.

The Development Review Team recommends approval, according to Miller’s memo. Staff recommends approval with the following conditions: The conditional use permit is for the applicant only and cannot be transferred to subsequent property owners; and the hours of operation must be limited to 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]

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