The McMorran Civic Center Authority will be around for awhile. The Port Huron City Council, Monday night, approved extending the Authority through the end of December of 2017, and reappointed the current seven member McMorran board through the end of this year. Mayor Pauline Repp says the council also approved entering into negotiations with the SMG management group, with the idea of putting all the local entertainment venues under one professional management umbrella. The item has already been approved by the McMorran board and by the St. Clair County Board of Commissioners, with the aim of having the coming Blue Water Area Convention Center guided by professional management. Last week saw County Chair Jeff Bohm endorsing the move, saying that having everyone under one roof would not only save money, but would also lead to greater success with SMG having extensive experience in running arenas and convention centers across the country. The council also approved switching from the current odd-numbered years for general elections for City offices to even-numbered years. That's a move that City Clerk Sue Child says will save the city about $14-thousand dollars a year and lead to improved voter turnout.