Soldotna enters contract with one mixed martial arts promoter

  • By Kelly Sullivan
  • Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:35pm
  • News

“6 or 5 Times Productions” has been chosen as the sole promoter for Mixed Martial Arts competitions to be held at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for at least one year.

The five members at Wednesday’s Soldotna City Council meeting unanimously approved the resolution that entered the city into an immediate contract with the company, but not without reservations.

Council Member Pete Sprague proposed an amendment limiting the initial timeframe to one year, with the option to extend for a second. The original resolution included a two-year contract with the option to extend.

“I am just a little uncomfortable with the two-year time period. I think two years is too long,” Sprague said.

“I would like to try it for a year, and there is the option to extend for a year. But a one-year window is a lot more palatable.”

Sprague’s amendment passed unanimously.

Council Member Keith Baxter said he felt misgivings even about the revised resolution. He said he saw potential for a “different, more preferable outcome,” which could have allowed for more coordinated scheduling among the different entities looking to host events.

“It doesn’t disallow any partnership between entities that expressed interest in partnering, during our public hearings,” Baxter said. “I will be voting yes.”

Baxter also noted that the city went through a public Request for Proposal bidding process, through which each applicant was scored, and “6 or 5 Times Productions,” ranked highest.

“It’s a public facility, (and) all stakeholders in the public were given access to the RFP process,” Baxter said.

Wednesday’s decision was ‘unfinished business” from the July 8 meeting.

“Conflicts between promoters, dates, availability, and community attendance have created a burden on the City in the past,” according to the resolution.

It was “administratively decided” that the city only wanted to work with one promoter at a time, said City Manager Mark Dixson, according to the July 8 meeting minutes.

Dixson also said at the July 8 meeting that bringing the resolution before the council was in the interest of transparency. The decision was delayed until the July 22 meeting because the city attorney was consulted on legal consequences of the council’s decision.

Dixson said the if the council votes down the resolution he may legally still approve the sole promoter.

“The city may reject any and all proposals if the city manager determines it is in the best interest of the city, and that could be done before or after the passage or the declination of the resolution,” Dixson said

Council Member Linda Murphy said she was displeased the council was asked to make a decision on sole promotion at all.

“I just don’t like being put in this position of having to make a decision on an item that our employee can then override,” Murphy said. “I would hope this doesn’t come back to us, or this sort of thing doesn’t come back to us in the future, but I will be supporting the resolution as amended.”

Reach Kelly Sullivan at kelly.sullivan@peninsulaclarion.com

More in News

Sockeye salmon are gathered together at a test site for selective harvest setnet gear in Kenai, Alaska, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Dipnets for commercial setnet fishers given emergency approval by CFEC

Up to three 12-hour periods of commercial dipnetting “may” be allowed each week from June 20 to July 31

Council member Dave Carey speaks during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna explores increases to its water and sewer expansion fees

The fees are a single charge to people who are newly or differently demanding or utilizing the services of the city’s water and sewer system

Vice President Tyson Cox speaks during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly to discuss short-term rental tax on Tuesday

The resolution describes a proposed tax of up to 12%

Photo provided by Special Olympics Alaska Central Peninsula
The Special Olympics Alaska Central Peninsula team stands together for a photo during the Summer State Games in Anchorage.
Area athletes claim 45 medals at Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games

The Central Peninsula team fielded 17 local athletes in the competition

Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion
Rep. Justin Ruffridge, R-Soldotna, speaks in support of debating an omnibus education bill in the Alaska House Chambers on Monday, Feb. 19 in Juneau.
Ruffridge talks successes, unfinished business after freshman session in Juneau

Ruffridge is up for election this year, facing a challenger in former-Rep. Ron Gillham

tease
Homer, Seldovia to celebrate summer solstice

Events will be held starting June 20

A freshly stocked rainbow trout swims in Johnson Lake during Salmon Celebration on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at Johnson Lake in Kasilof, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Slow sockeye fishing at Russian River, good rainbow trout at Kenai Lake

A Northern Kenai Fishing Report published by the State Department of Fish… Continue reading

Council member James Baisden speaks in favor of an amendment to the City of Kenai’s budget that would add funds for construction of a veteran’s memorial column in the Kenai Cemetery during a meeting of the Kenai City Council in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai budget amendment allocates funds for veterans’ columbarium in cemetery expansion

A columbarium is an aboveground structure that houses cremated remains

Council member Alex Douthit speaks in favor of an amendment to the CIty of Kenai’s budget that would reduce funds allocated to the Storefront and Streetscape Improvement Program during a meeting of the Kenai City Council in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Funding reduced for City of Kenai’s storefront improvement grant program

Just over a year after the City of Kenai established its Storefront… Continue reading

Most Read