Paradise strikes tasty deal

By Mark Squibb/December 30, 2021

Paradise councilors were excited last week to announce cafeteria services will be returning to the Double Ice Complex.

An e-mail poll of council was conducted December 8, and council unanimously agreed to award the tender to 51351 Newfoundland and Labrador Ltd. That vote was ratified during the December 21 public meeting.

The prior five-year agreement for food services at the Double Ice Complex ended in July, and a request for proposals was issued in the fall.

All vendor staff will require a Vulnerable Sector Check and RNC Code of Conduct, but there will be some delays in receiving the code of conduct and checks. Rather than delay, all employees will be required to provide the information once available and provide evidence their applications have been made.

The deal is for a five-year term that will include a termination option and includes both food service at the Paradise Double Ice Complex and the concession stand at Paradise Park.

The proponent will pay the town $1,100 monthly, as well as 3.5 percent of all sales at the Double Ice Complex. The proponent will also pay the town 3.5 percent for all concession stand sales.

“The forecasted revenue for the town is $29,600, which is an increase from the previous agreement,” noted councilor Elizabeth Laurie.

Councilor Patrick Martin said he was glad to see the town hiring a vendor again, particularly for the stadium.

“It is missed a lot by kids, going to skating and hockey and such,” said Martin.

He asked if there was a ballpark estimate of when operations would resume.  Chief Administrative Officer Lisa Niblock said the town is working with the vendors to get them started as quickly as possible.

The vote came one day ahead of the provincial government announcement on Wednesday morning that the entire province would be jumping back to Alert Level 3, which saw the town close all recreation facilities, including the Double Ice Complex, to the public for now.

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