Connors Hot Dog Stand is coming to the Sturgeon Point Marina this year, continuing the Town of Evans efforts to revitalize one of their crown jewels.
“This is a local business, which is going to employ local kids when it opens this season,” Supervisor Keith Dash said. “I think it is a win-win situation for us and plus it’s a service for the great people of the Town of Evans, not to mention a place for people at the marina to go for lunch. It’s not going to be idle, there’s going to be someone in it and at the same time it is providing a service to those boaters and fishermen at the Marina.”
Connors Hot Dog Stand was the only bid received for the project, which resident Ed Conboy Jr. took issue with.
“Again there is only one bidder for this concession stand operator,” Conboy said. “I asked how many Requests for Proposal were sent out by Director of Community Development Lori Szewczyk, and the answer I got was none because it was handled by someone else. How do you expect to attract new businesses to the town if you do nothing? Why not send proposals to Ted’s, Louie’s, Mighty Taco, etc.?
“I think that’s a good question, one I can’t answer,” Dash said. “I would have preferred if residents who have proactive ideas contact us with those ideas prior to the bid being closed. We are only as good as the people give us the authority to be. I just hope that people will release that there was a good comment made here tonight by a resident.”
“We put out the RFP through the Clerk, through The Sun, the official paper of the Town of Evans, and only one person, one business picked up the packet to put the bid in and it was Connors Hot Dog Stand, who just so happen to be a local refreshment stand,” Dash said.
Dash points out there’s also another reason bigger restaurants like Ted’s or might Taco wouldn’t work at the Marina.
“This is a small seasonal concession stand,” he said. “These businesses are looking for an established business on a full time basis and we’re offering this up to people on a bid for just the summer season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And if one of these places wanted to move to the Marina, well then we’d have to look at zoning, security, snow removal, etc, and that incurs all sort of additional costs.”
Dash added that even though he is happy with Connors Hot Dogs, he would have liked to have seen more than the single bid.
“Would I have liked to have had more than Connors put in bids, absolutely. I would have liked to have seen a bidding war. It would be great to have seen 3 or 4 businesses bidding for a seasonal concession stand at the Marina.”
The contract with Connors will bring the town an additional source of revenue, even if it isn’t all that much. The town will be paid $3,500 this season, $3,600 in 2014, $3,700 in 2015 and $3,800 in 2016.
“I want to thank the Director of Finance Scott Dill for generating the expenses of the utilities are during the season at that facility because I know that was a concern in the past,” Supervisor Keith Dash said. “Even though it’s not a huge amount of revenue, the rental fees from this bid will not only cover the expense of the utilities, the town will also see a little bit of revenue. It’s not much, but it is better than nothing.”
In other news:
• Patrick Conrad was appointed to the vacant position of Parks Crew Chief.
• The town will hold its annual Environmental Fair on Saturday April 6 at the Evans Center Fire Hall. The event, which is free to the public, will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free gifts will be offered to the first 200 attendants and there will also be door prizes, a free drawing for a 42” HD flat screen TV, as well as exhibits and presentations on energy saving, recycling and conservation. Residents can also drop off unwanted electronic waste at the event.
• A public hearing will be held April 3 at 7:10 p.m regarding a Special Use Permit for the operation of a motor vehicles sales/service facility, We Care Auto, at 7312 Erie Road.