Councilmembers unanimously approved over $1.1 million capital improvement plan for Gila River Arena at its May 23 meeting without discussion or question about the total.

The request is based on “best efforts of the City of Glendale and AEG to predict the highest priority items and estimate the cost of the items to be addressed in order to maintain the facility.”

While the total was $1,149,568, nearly $649,568 was a carryover from the fiscal year 2016-17 budget.

“These are the projects which had to wait to be started at the end of hockey season and which required more time to complete,” said Public Works Director Jack Friedline. “Each of these projects has started, but the payments will not be made until after July 1, 2017, pushing the need for carryover into our next fiscal year.”

Most of the improvements and upgrades requests came after AEG took over arena management in February 2016.

“City staff toured the arena with AEG several times and our facilities personnel work with AEG’s facility staff on a regular basis,” said Friedline. “The projects represent a join effort between AEG (the arena manager) and various city departments, including the city manager’s office, budget and finance, public works, information technology, and building safety.”

A two-way radio system ($96,666 total this year) has been listed for three straight years. In 2014-15, council approved $100,000 and in 2015-16, it approved $25,000 for upgrades to the radio system from analog to digital.

The radio upgrades add another nearly $86,000 for the next two years.

For the third consecutive year, security cameras are listed, “adding one DVR and replacement of 25 cameras from analog to digital” for $125,000, after last year, when council approved $175,000 for the same things.

Also listed as needed improvements to Gila River Arena and scheduled this year are such items as office expansion to house AEG ($96,250); replace control panel in freight elevator ($125,000); replace aging computer hardware ($5,412) and numerous emergency repairs ($8,085).

“AEG thought the upgrades should be done and the city could actually save money to do it all at once, so council approved the budget to get it done,” Friedline said.

Beginning in fiscal year 2018-19 through 2021-22, capital improvements are budgeted at $500,000 per year.