City of Glendale votes 5-2 to cancel the professional management
services and arena lease agreement between the city of Glendale and
IceArizona manager Co., LLC and IceArizona Hockey Co., LLC during a
special voting meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. In the lease agreement
signed in 2013, the city agreed to pay IceArizona $15 million a year for
15 years. The Arizona Coyotes could be without an arena and the City of
Glendale could be without a hockey team. IceArizona are co-owners of the
Councilmember Jamie Aldama made a motion to table the issued for no
more than two weeks. That motion did not pass. Mayor Weiers asked twice if
Council Sherwood was on the telephone and there was no replay.
Councilmember Sherwood was on the telephone later in the meeting, and was
able to place his vote of nay or no. Councilmember Samuel Chavira also
voted no—or not to terminate the lease agreement. Voting for the
termination were, Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, Councilmember
Lauren Tolmachoff and Councilmember Bart Turner.
Vice Mayor Hugh, "It’s not about hockey. It’s about the
integrity of the process."
Mayor Weiers explained his vote, "We have all taken a beating
tonight and I think most of it has been unjust. I think most of the fans
don’t understand the complexity of this issue. The complexity of this
issue is that fact you don’t have all the information. As the
information comes out, I think more and more of you might have a better
understanding." Again, Mayor Weiers, "I believe, and the
majority of the council does, that there was a violation of Arizona
Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statues §38-511, allows the city to
terminate a contract if a person who was significantly involved in in
creating the contract later becomes an employee for the other party
involved. The person at the center of interest is former City of Glendale
Attorney Craig Tindall who was hired by the team in 2013. Tindall left his
position with the city in the spring.
"What we have witnessed here tonight is possibly the most shameful
exhibition of government I have ever witnessed," LeBlanc said.
"We are going to take every legal action," Coyotes co-owner
and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. This includes filing a $200 million suit
against the city. Before the special meeting, the city saying it would be
open to renegotiating the arena contract, but the offer was refused.
Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet no.3971.
Left -Arizona Coyotes attorney Nick Woods and Right - Anthony LeBlanc
co-owner and CEO Arizona Coyotes – Wednesday, June 10, 2015 the Glendale
City Council voted 5-2 to end the lease agreement with the Arizona
Coyotes. The lease agreement between IceArizona and the city was for 15
years, with the city paying $15 million a year or $225 million to
IceArizona to operate the Gila River Arena.