With the Batesville Civic Center edging closer to completion every day, city leaders have decided the time is fast approaching to find a director to handle the operations of the facility.
Mayor Bobby Baker told the Board of Aldermen he believed the project was about 70 percent completed.
"Thanks to the good weather we have had, they have been able to get a good bit of work completed on the civic center," he said. "They will be installing the 3,000 or, however many, seats soon."
Baker said with that much of the project finished, it was time the city tried to find someone to assist him with operation and booking of the building until a center director can be brought on board.
"We are going to need an administrative assistant that can help us with getting some things into the civic center once it opens," he said.
Baker insisted he has no interest in running the facility, so finding an appropriate director needs to be done rather quickly.
Alderman James Yelton said he understood the importance of getting a director in place, but said he still had problems with the facility itself that need to be addressed.
"The water is not draining properly," he said. "If something isn’t done about that, we won’t even have a parking lot in two years."
Yelton said he planned to meet with project architect Girault Jones about his concerns.
Alderwoman Bobbie Jean Pounders suggested the city get in contact with people running other civic centers in the state to see if they can develop a lead on the potential director of the Batesville Civic Center.
Naming rights of the facility were also discussed during the meeting, with Baker saying he has had discussions with several companies who have interest in the naming rights of the building.
"I have talked to no less than four that have interest in purchasing the naming rights to the center," he said.
Pounders said if the project was drawing that kind of interest, the city should take bids on the naming rights.
"If they want to get the rights to the building, let them bid on it," she said.
No vote was taken on the matter.