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Aldermen discuss RiverEdge Park operations purchases

Updated: April 22, 2013 11:56AM

AURORA — Aurora aldermen Tuesday night discussed a series of operations deals that must be finalized prior to the opening of downtown’s new RiverEdge Park.

Ahead of its scheduled opening this spring, the city aims to purchase a Point of Sale, or POS system, for the park from Bensonville-based Retail Control Solutions, Inc., for about $146,000.

The Aurora Civic Center Authority, the group managing the park, selected the low-bid POS system provider.

City Planning Director Stephane Phifer said ACCA will oversee the initial installation of 45 POS terminals at the park, all of which will accept credit cards and track inventory. Erika Miller, ACCA vice president of finance, said the terminals will be located at eight different locations in the park.

Phifer said as many as 71 terminals can be installed in the park as needed.

Alderman Rick Lawrence, 4th Ward, said the system was “extremely expensive.”

“It seems like we’re doing this elaborate system... it’s not like your bringing in food trucks everyday,” Lawrence said.

But Alderman Rick Mervine, 8th Ward, said the park’s terminal needs were different than a restaurant’s.

“We’re talking about a park and facility that would go through 8, 9... 11,000 people... a much larger scale,” Mervine said.

The city also aims to spend about $172,000 installing fiber data cabling and network infrastructure into RiverEdge Park.

Last week, aldermen approved a one-year deal that names the Two Brothers Roundhouse as the main food vendor at RiverEdge Park. The city previously entered an agreement with ACCA, the group that manages the Paramount Theater, to manage programming, operations and alcoholic beverage sales at RiverEdge Park.

The RiverEdge Park Music Garden is scheduled to open for its first public festival at Blues on the Fox in June.

Aldermen will vote on the RiverEdge Park operations purchases at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

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