Northern New York Newspapers
NNY Business
NNY Living
Mon., Aug. 31
Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York
In print daily. Online always.
Related Stories

Watertown Wizards owe more than $6,000 in uncollected bills


The owners of the Watertown Wizards have failed to pay the city more than $6,000 in bills for the past Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season.

City Comptroller James E. Mills said Thursday the Wizards have an outstanding bill of $6,011.41. It includes $2,950 for a third installment for renting the ball park and fields at the city-owned Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds, $2,540 in sign advertisement revenues and $521.41 for installing electric service for a Carvel ice cream machine.

In a separate transaction, the team handled concessions for the Disabled Persons Action Organization’s Journey and Blake Shelton concerts this summer at the fairgrounds and still owes the 10 percent of the revenues made on them, Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Erin E. Gardner said. The team should have paid the city an additional $584.80 for the concerts.

“It’s nothing that should come as any surprise to them,” said Mrs. Gardner, who has talked to the team owners on numerous occasions about the unpaid bills.

The city sent invoices to the Wizards in a timely manner, she said.

In April 2011, the Watertown City Council learned that the Wizards had accumulated $46,000 in unpaid bills for seasons that went back as far as 2002, although the team was not owned by the current owners.

The unpaid bills prompted a scathing outside audit of the Parks Department that uncovered tens of thousands in uncollected bills by numerous recreation department users over several years. It also led to the revamping of the Parks and Recreation Department and the hiring of a new management team.

When the new team of owners took over last October, they assured the city that those days of unpaid bills were history.

Todd Kirkey, one of three new owners and the team’s former general manager, could not be reached for comment; his cellphone has been disconnected. Since the season ended, Mrs. Gardner said, she has not been able to reach him on his cellphone for the same reason.

According to the team’s contract with the city, the Wizards should have paid the city on Aug. 1 half of the amount of rent for the baseball park. The team did, however, pay the city the first two installments, one that was due by June 1 and another by July 1.

The advertising bill should have been paid by Aug. 1 and the city should have received payment for the electrical work by Aug. 22, Mr. Mills said.

The financial discrepancies with the team also prompted the city to redo the way it arranges alcohol concessions at the fairgrounds.

Commenting rules:
  1. Stick to the topic of the article/letter/editorial.
  2. When responding to issues raised by other commenters, do not engage in personal attacks or name-calling.
  3. Comments that include profanity/obscenities or are libelous in nature will be removed without warning.
Violators' commenting privileges may be revoked indefinitely. By commenting you agree to our full Terms of Use.
Syracuse Football Tickets Giveaway
Connect with Us
WDT News FeedsWDT on FacebookWDT on TwitterWDT on InstagramWDT for iOS: iPad, iPhone, and iPod touchWDT for Android
Showcase of Homes
Showcase of Homes