Dublin Villager

City hopes to lure return of Top Gun Camp

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Dublin will spend $25,000 to get the best in high school football to return next summer.

Dublin hosted the Football University Top Gun Camp at Jerome High School for the first time in July and council members last week approved $25,000 from the bed tax fund to help secure the event's return.

The Football University Top Gun Camp drew 1,500 of the best middle school and high school football players in North America and Europe, who were invited to train with former NFL players.

The event resulted in the purchase of 4,500 room nights, making it the largest event of the year, Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Scott Dring said.

"That was $500,000 for Dublin hotels," he said, adding that money for other areas of the Dublin economy such as restaurants likely amounted to millions from the event.

"We want to have them back," he said.

The school district has committed to working with the DCVB on bringing the event back, Dring said, and support from the city is also needed.

"Without city support, it would not have been here," he said. "It would not have been a reality."

With $25,000 from the city and another $25,000 from the DCVB, a $50,000 financial commitment to Football University could help return the event to Dublin in 2014.

In other council news, a contract was approved to provide school resource officers for Dublin City Schools.

Dublin police provide a full-time officer at the district's four middle schools and three high schools; a previously provided DARE officer for the elementary schools has been eliminated in the contract for the 2013-14 school year.

The city and school district split the costs of five of the resource officers, while the city foots the rest of the bill.

According to the contract approved by council, Dublin City Schools will pay $257,491 for school resource officers for the 2013-14 school year.

A new three-year agreement to provide communications services for Washington Township Fire and EMS was also approved by council members Aug. 26.

Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said the contract will be extended for another three years to provide 911 answering, dispatching and other communication services for Washington Township.

A 5-percent increase was built into the contract each year. For service from June 2013 to May 2014, Washington Township will pay $292,762. For the next financial year, Washington Township will pay Dublin $307,400 and will pay $322,770 the third year of the contract.

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