August 16, 2021
WATERTOWN, S.D.–A change of direction in how a new Watertown ice arena might be funded, and who the players will be.
Mayor Ried Holien says the Watertown Development Company is no longer a partner in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the project. But it’s not a dealbreaker…
Development Company Executive Director Mark Vaux says the WDC still supports the project from an economic development standpoint.
Mayor Holien and councilmen Bruce Buhler and Glen Vilhauer will be among a group of ten people that will tour seven ice arenas in the Twin Cities Thursday and Friday to get a look at what they want…or maybe don’t want…in Watertown’s ice arena.
Dick Strassburg is with the Tegra Group, Watertown’s consultant on the project…
Strassburg laid out a timeline for the project that calls for cost estimates to be complete by mid-October. A groundbreaking could happen this fall or next spring.
City Manager Amanda Mack suggested the project could be funded through a bond sale. Councilman Glen Vilhauer was quick to point out that sales tax revenue bonds do not require a tax increase for residents.
The arena cost is estimated to be between $15 and $20 million.
The announced location is north of Hobby Lobby along Willow Creek Drive.