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CRUHSD seeks RFPs for concession services at fieldhouse

November 13, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The Colorado River Union High School District board voted unanimously to create a request for proposal for catering and concession services at its new fieldhouse.

That’s the first step in acquiring a private vendor to oversee catering and concession operations at Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse under construction near Mohave Crossroads shopping center.

The vote came after no discussion in Monday night’s regular meeting after board members and staff spent an hour discussing fieldhouse-related topics in a workshop earlier in the evening.

The district will put out the RFP — a solicitation to area firms to submit proposals — while working on the details of the bidding process.

“There are a million ways to run a business,” said Board Member Kerry Burgess as the workshop bogged down

over some minutiae. Some of those details will be determined by the board, some by the interested vendors and some by Fieldhouse General Manager Gary Boren.

Boren said he is working on a preliminary calendar and a rental fee schedule so that the facility can be used by non-district entities.

Several board members expressed frustration that the process was moving so slowly; Boren, who has experience running collegiate and civic events centers, explained that he has tried to get comparisons with similar facilities, or at least facilities serving as the site for similar events, in both Arizona and Nevada.

“Within the next month, these fees have to be set,” urged Board Member Donna Williamson.

Later, Williamson added, “The community’s expectations are very high. ... Things have to get done.”

Board Member Lori Crampton asked aloud, “We don’t have a list of proposed fees?”

“That’s directed to the guy we hired,” added Williamson, referring to Boren.

Boren said “we have some data” which he was directed to share with board members later this week.

At the end of the work session, that was about all that had been accomplished. The board agreed to meet on the topic again — after it had received that data and other information from Boren. The next workshop likely will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 26, following a 5:30 p.m. executive session for student disciplinary issues.

In the regular meeting, board members heard again from Royanne Ortiz, who last month suggested formation of a citizens advisory committee for the operation of the fieldhouse but had received no response from the board.

“What kind of committee?” Board President Kari Hoffman asked, noting that the board is, in effect, a five-member committee overseeing the fieldhouse — and other district matters. When Ortiz, who ran unsuccessfully for one of the three seats on the board up for election earlier this month, again used the term “advisory,” Hoffman replied, “It’s not that we’re ignoring you ...” but that board members weren’t sure exactly what duties Ortiz thought such a committee would perform.

Ortiz said she would put her proposal into writing and send it to board members.

The board did approve formation of one fieldhouse-related committee — one to consider and organize grand opening activities at the facility that is expected to open in March.

The committee will include Dave Heath, parks and recreation superintendent for the City of Bullhead City; Ed Catalfamo, events manager for the Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts in Laughlin and former Bullhead City special events coordinator; and three current members of the board — Hoffman, Crampton and Laureen Davidson. Only Crampton will be a board member when the facility opens; Hoffman did not seek re-election and Davidson was unsuccessful for her bid for another term on the board.

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