WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita City Council voted on Tuesday to approve new management services for the Wichita Ice Center.

The agreement is with Rink Management Services Corporation (RMSC). The Genesis contract ends this month.

All city council members favored the new contract except for council member Jeff Blubaugh. The vote on the item was 6-1.

According to the city, a selection committee conducted interviews between RMSC and Genesis on Nov. 12, 2021. Unanimously, RMSC was selected. They were the previous management company from August 2006 to March 2011. Genesis was awarded the contract for 10 years after.

RMSC’s contract will be for five years with an option for an additional five. The contract includes a fee of $6,500 a month. The city will provide an account to monitor monthly revenues and expenses and will be responsible for all repairs over $5,000. Any repairs less than that will the performed by RMSC from the operating fund.

The Wichita Ice Center opened in 1996.

On Jan. 10, the Board of Park Commissioners heard from citizens about the management of the Ice Center. Many were in support of RMSC. You can watch that meeting by clicking here.

You can watch the discussion of the contract at Tuesday’s city council meeting here.