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Genesis to run Wichita Ice Center

The Wichita City Council today agreed to hire Genesis Health Clubs to manage the Wichita Ice Center.

The vote was 4-3 with Mayor Carl Brewer and council members Sue Schlapp and Roger Smith opposing.

Genesis was selected over two other companies, including Virginia-based Rink Management Services, which has been the operator more than four years. Genesis had the lowest bid by $6,000

The contract, which begins May 1, is for one year with an option for renewals up to five years. The deal originally called for a three-year agreement with an option to renew for two additional years. But a change was made because some council members wanted to be able to review Genesis' performance after each year, said Park and Recreation Director Doug Kupper.

Genesis, a Wichita business, will be paid an annual management fee of $42,000 for each of the first three years. If the contract is renewed for additional years, the fee will go to $45,000.

Profit incentives are included in the contract. The city will pay 10 percent of annual net revenue up to a profit of $10,000 and 20 percent of anything over that amount.

The city will also fund up to $316,000 in capital improvement repairs for the center, which opened in 1996.

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