A more specific timetable for deciding to replace the ice system at James Brown Arena was presented at the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority meeting Tuesday.
Monty Jones Jr., general manager of Global Spectrum which manages the arena, said there should be a final suggestion or answer to the issue by the end of April.
“We should have something back from the insurance company, what they’ve come up with for a final suggestion or answer, by the end of April,” he said. “We’ve talked about different scenarios. Once everything is provided from all angles, they’re going to do their analysis and get back to us.”
Once the insurance company provides its answer, the coliseum authority will use the information to make a decision on whether replacing the ice system in the arena is possible.
Jones said management spent between $30,000-35,000 on maintenance and patching to determine whether the Augusta RiverHawks could have returned this season. It was determined the system would need a more thorough fix, and the RiverHawks were forced to play their final eight home games at the Augusta Ice Sports Center.
If a new ice floor is required, it is estimated to cost between $1-1.5 million, according to Jones.
“Right now, we’re just trying to do our due diligence to find out if it’s feasible or not,” authority chairman Cedric Johnson said. “We want to accelerate it, but we’re dealing with the insurance company, so there have been some things we just couldn’t accelerate.
“The main thing is we want to be sure we do it right. We don’t want to rush, but make sure we make the right decision and cover all our options.”
Jones said he met with RiverHawks owner Bob Kerzner on Tuesday and filled him in on the situation. Any details regarding refunding the team’s lost revenue for the final eight home games will be discussed once the insurance company provides final estimates.
“Bob and I have been talking the whole time,” Jones said. “We’ve been keeping each other in the loop as far as what’s going on. We met this morning and, like I told him, I hope sometime in April we should have some idea where we’ll be at.”