On Wednesday, WR representative Fran White advised the Clinton County Community Development Association that the groundbreaking will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the construction site at the intersection of U.S. 30 and the Mill Creek Parkway. White said casino staff and administration are very excited about the groundbreaking. Association Board member Tom Fullerton asked White if construction would begin right after the groundbreaking. White replied that construction will begin soon thereafter, following the finalization of some last details.
White reported that revenues for May were down slightly from April, just over one percent down. She said the yearly revenue total currently is comparative to last year at this time. She noted the MB II is holding its own right now, despite factors adversely affecting the casino, including higher gas prices and the loss of parking lot use. White noted that while several other casino operations have not released their financial information for May, she said that in April the MB II was one of the only casino operations not seeing a sharp decline in revenue. White credited the casino marketing staff for effectively advertising the various specials and promotions.
The board also discussed a request by the Friends of Riverview Stadium for funding to help pay for expenses related to Clinton hosting the 2009 Midwest League All Star Game.
Through a letter read at the May meeting of the board, FRS Vice President Judy Dennis asked the CCCDA for $30,000 to fund the event. Dennis said hosting the 2009 All Star Game would showcase and promote the newly remodeled stadium, as well as the renovations to the marina, riverfront and downtown areas, and increase the potential for future tourism.
Clinton LumberKings General Manager Ted Tornow addressed the board at that meeting and said the Midwest League plans for the All Star Game two years in advance. He added Clinton has a prime opportunity to host the 2009 game and without the aid of the CCCDA, organizers would have to seek alternative funding. He explained the funding would be used to prepare for and fund the event. Tornow remarked that Clinton was named the host city for the 2009 game contingent on availability the funding. He noted the last time the event was held in Clinton was in 1998 and the CCCDA provided some funding at that time.
On Wednesday, Board member Gerry Freudenberg advised the board he had discussed the potential for using discretionary funds from the newly created special projects fund. Freudenberg said the committee, consisting of himself, Jerome Burken and Matt Stammeyer, was recommending the group submit a regular grant application. He said the committee did not feel there was a special need presented and advised the group could apply for a grant from pool funding. He said the board and committee would be more than willing to entertain their grant proposal.