Proposed ice rink lease awaits public hearing Aug. 4

Norwich - The city's deal with Bridgeport-based Wonderland of Ice Associates isn't done yet.

The City Council on Monday scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 on the proposed lease between the city and the ice rink management firm as the final required step in approving a proposed 10-year lease with three possible 10-year extensions with the firm to take over the Norwich rink.

The council approved an agreement with the firm at its July 7 meeting, but had to hold a special meeting a week later to make last-minute changes to the financial portion of the deal. City Manager Alan Bergren said Monday that the council now must hold a public hearing on the formal lease that accompanies the agreement.

The rink closed on June 29 when the city removed a temporary rented chiller unit. Wonderland will replace the entire cooling system and hopes to reopen the rink in October.

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