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Expansion of arena progressing

January 10, 2013

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – The planned expansion of the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is a work in progress, but details of the project were limited Wednesday.


The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority board received a progress report from Chairwoman Donna Cupinski.


We're working very hard to find uses for our expansion area, Cupinski said. We've been in a lot of discussions with a lot of people, and right now we're just doing our due diligence to make sure that that project goes as planned and is very successful.


Cupinski told board members at their regular monthly meeting that she hopes to have updates for them.


Last September the board announced a 20,000-square-foot expansion in the front of the 14-year-old building. The added space would make it possible for the arena to accommodate a variety of dining options for guests and keep the facility competitive in the entertainment market, Cupinski said at the time.


While waiting for the physical changes to take place, the board underwent a shift in officers. Ed Harry was voted vice chairman to replace Kathy Kane, who was not reappointed to the board. In another vote, Rob Baran was named secretary to replace Harry, who previously held the position. The officers serve for a one-year period.


The board also approved a number of vendor and labor contracts.


Rebecca Bonnevier, the general manager of the arena, said the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 82 accepted terms of a three-year contract with an annual increase of 2.5 percent. The union members would receive a 2 percent pay increase and a half percent increase toward their annuity.


Bonnevier said a business named xpedx was the low bidder for plastic supplies and Unipak submitted the lowest bid for trash bags.


She recommended that LJC Fuller Co. be awarded the contract for liquid janitorial supplies. EJS had the lowest of three bids for post-event cleanup. Dollar amounts were not available.


The board also voted to sell for $800 a snow plow that hasn't been used for eight years.


WHAT'S NEXT

The Luzerne County Convention Center Authority's next public meeting is scheduled for noon Feb. 13.