MOBILE. Ala. (WALA) - It seemed as though more confusion came out of the Mobile City Council's cultural committee meeting than clarification on the management of the Saenger Theater.
Councilmembers, however, said the Saenger Theater contract will still be voted on Tuesday, September 10.
Councilmembers met with the city's current chief of staff, representatives from Huka Entertainment and SMG Management.
"I know that a contract of this nature, when you have a management group that's at risk, sometimes is not how some of the council members want to go. I think this will be beneficial to our city," said City Councilman William Carroll.
SMG and Huka submitted the winning bid to manage the Saenger, but some council members wanted to take a closer look.
Councilman Carroll wants to go forward.
"They're not making money when they aren't producing numbers that they need and the city isn't making the money it wants. When money is coming in, the city will get 75 percent of it," said Carroll.
From the discussion, Councilmember Bess Rich is leaning toward voting "no".
"I think there are options that are available,” she said.
However, she said she couldn’t discuss them.
“I'm not the operator of the city so I can't say, but there are options. We've run it so far with organizations that have been in and out of the facility," said Rich.
Those with Huka Entertainment told the council members they already have four possible acts ready to go if this contract is signed. SMG said the first year, the goal is to have 64 acts.
If a contract isn't signed by October 1, problems may arise.
"The Saenger will go dark or we'll have to re-open under city management with city employees and that will have some financial repercussions to the budget that was presented by the mayor," said Carroll.
The contract is expected to be voted on Tuesday by the city council and must have five of seven votes to pass.
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