Games plans moving ahead

Manager: Money, volunteers needed

Posted: Monday, August 15, 2005

With seven months remaining before the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, the event's general manager presented a comprehensive report to the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday laying out plans for meeting fund-raising goals and pointing out intangible gains the city will realize.

Tim Dillon acknowledged that the host society for the Kenai Peninsula winter sports event needs to raise another $1.5 million toward its overall $5 million-plus goal, and said a half million of those dollars are expected to come during the Games through event ticket sales and the sales of AWG merchandise.

Another $200,000 will come by way of a grant from the U.S. State Department, according to Dillon, and he said he expects to raise additional money through the sale of "non-legacy" items following the Games.

What he described as non-legacy items include award stands and the 2,000 beds and mattresses that will be purchased for athletes participating in the Games, items that will not be needed afterwards.

A possible market for such things might be the next host of the Arctic Winter Games, he said.

Other items for which there will be a need on the Kenai Peninsula will be donated locally.

Defibrillators purchased for medics to use during the Games, if needed, computers, sporting goods and the timing system being installed at Tsalteshi Trails cross country area will be donated to area schools, Dillon said.

He said the sale of non-legacy items will generate cash, but he does not have an estimate of how much.

Dillon told council members he is planning fund-raising events, including one at Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage Sept. 14, the proceeds from which will be split 50-50 with Team Alaska, the state's athletes who will participate in the Games.

Other fund-raisers will be conducted on the Kenai Peninsula in Seward and Homer and in Soldotna and Kenai, he said.

Dillon thanked Soldotna for its continued support of the Games and told the council members they stood to gain in ways other than financial.

"You are going to gain the opportunity to develop leaders, the opportunity to develop volunteerism in your community," he said.

A volunteer rally has been slated for Oct. 8 and Dillon said right now, the volunteer committee is in need of people knowledgeable in snowshoeing and badminton and people who can translate Danish, Greenlandic, Norwegian, Russian and Saami, a Scandinavian reindeer herders' dialect.

In other council business, the lawmakers amended and approved an appropriation of $212,934 for the construction of Home Run Circle, a secondary access road to the Sports Center — a road the city committed to as part of its bid for the Arctic Winter Games.

The council also approved a resolution calling for the purchase of a snowblower-sweeper for $82,652. The new equipment will be better suited to handle trails and sidewalks, according to City Manager Tom Boedeker.

Boedeker introduced the idea of building a pedestrian overpass over the Sterling Highway, and said, with the OK of the council, he would approach the state's Congressional delegation for a possible federal grant.

The council expressed its approval.

City Clerk Teresa Fahning reminded council members the filing period for municipal elections is 5 p.m. today.

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