BLOOMINGTON — The City Council will vote Monday on whether to amend its contract with Central Illinois Arena Management.

The amendment would delete the professional team requirement for U.S. Cellular Coliseum, making way for the Bloomington Thunder hockey team to join the amateur United States Hockey League.

Aldermen will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 109 E. Olive St., for their regular meeting, which also will include a public hearing on the city's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015. Aldermen will meet at 5 p.m. at the Bloomington Police Department, 305 S. East St., with state legislators to discuss the city's legislative priorities.

Ownership group CSH International Inc. is taking over the Thunder from Illinois Pro Sports LLC, which is owned in part by CIAM President John Butler and General Manager Bart Rogers. The council will be asked to terminate, with no financial penalty, a two-year lease agreement with Illinois Pro Sports and to approve a five-year hockey lease agreement with CSH International.

The new lease lowers facility rental fees by $1,000, to $5,000 per game.

In other business, the City Council will vote on whether the city should submit an application for a federal transportation grant of up to $11.6 million that, if awarded, would help pay for the extension of Hamilton Road from Bunn Street to Commerce Parkway. It would provide a four-lane, east-west arterial route on the city's south end.

If the city received the full grant, it would have to provide a $2.9 million local match.

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