SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Council will decide Monday whether to strike a naming rights deal with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City for after-dark laser-light tubing events at Cone Park.
The planned twice-weekly "twilight tubing" events would feature multi-color LED light shows set to music on the park's tubing hill. Parks and Recreation staff envision the event would take place 9 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and special occasions during the winter.
Under a resolution on Monday's City Council agenda, the Hard Rock would pay $50,000 for a renewable three-year naming rights deal for the event. That amount would fully cover the city's purchase of lighting and audio equipment for the nighttime tubing events, according to agenda documents.
Such events have been popular at other tubing facilities, according to city documents.
Sioux City's all-seasons Cone Park -- named for philanthropist Ruth Cone, whose family in 1981 established a trust to build a new park that has now grown to $2.9 million -- will open, weather permitting, in mid-December.
Located on a spacious field east of the IBP Ice Center parking lot, the all-seasons park will feature a tubing hill, refrigerated ice skating, 1.5-mile trail, fire pit and the day lodge. In the summer, the skating rink will double as a splash pad.
Sister community water rates
In other action Monday, the council will vote whether to raise 2018 water rates for the communities of South Sioux City and Dakota Dunes by 8.5 percent and 4.42 percent, respectively.
Sioux City has had waterworks agreements with Dakota Dunes and South Sioux City for the purchase of water since 2002 and has a formula for adjusting the rates each year.
City documents say the new rates are calculated using a percentage of operational expenses from the previous fiscal year and also include a 15 percent markup.
EMS billing service
The council will also vote to select an outside company to perform billing and collections services when Sioux City takes over EMS services.
The city will take over 911 services from Siouxland Paramedics Jan. 1 and plans to continue the ambulance service's model of using an outside vendor for billing.
Documents say city staff received proposals from six billing vendors and will request the council approve a contract with Lifequest Services, of Wautoma, Wisconsin, the vendor staffs believe is most qualified. The city did not receive any proposals from any local vendors.
Sioux City Fire Rescue estimates it will bill for approximately 6,500 responses annually, for an estimated amount of $5.5 million.