Council asks attorney to prepare proposal for selling Falleti Ice Arena
The City of Batavia might sell Falleti Ice Arena. Then, again, maybe not.
The City Council instructed City Attorney George Van Nest on Monday night to prepare an RFP (request for proposal) that would allow private investors to bid on the property, but council members also expressed some skepticism that in the current environment, any investors who would offer a realistic price could be found.
"In the current credit crunch, the chances are that any RFP is going to bring in bids in the low end," said Councilwoman Marianne Clattenburg.
But council members Bill Cox and Frank Ferrando protested that the city doesn't have any business being in business and that the ice arena should be privately owned.
Issuing an RFP doesn't guarantee the city will sell the facility. Some minimum requirements would need to be met by the successful bidding, including a minimum price.