New contract gives Gary parks department more money from catering, liquor sales
By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent March 27, 2013 2:46PM
GARY- Parks and Recreation finally will get a bigger shot of the lucrative liquor business at its premiere facility after Wednesday’s board meeting, and the board welcomed a local businessman to fill out its roster.
Now, the parks department will get 22 percent of catering, up from 12 percent, and 22 percent of liquor sales, up from 12 percent.
Until Wednesday, the city was getting 10 percent of receipts from Rome’s Joy’s catering and 12 percent of liquor sales from the Genesis Center, which handled alcohol service at the pavilion.
The parks board voted to approve a contract at the Marquette Park Pavilion with Rome’s Joy, a Chicago company, that will mean more money for the department through 2014.
In the past, the board has considered hiring and training its own workers to handle catering and liquor at the pavilion.
“We’re excited we got that (contract) nailed down,” said board chairman Dwight Gardner. “Now, we bought ourselves some time to decide what to do next.”
In the past, the board has considered hiring and training its own workers to handle catering and alcohol sales at the pavilion, as well as working through the city’s procurement procedure to buy supplies.
In other business, the board welcomed its newest member, Bill Miller, who owns Bill’s Landscaping. A former member of the Hammond Sanitary District Board, Miller said he plans to be a “hands-on” member.
“They needed another member, and I fit the bill, I guess,” he said of the board. “I thought, ‘Here’s a chance for me to come in and at least make some suggestions.’”
“I don’t mind being hands-on here.”