Dery councilors sign off on Adams Memorial Building repairs
In three separate motions, councilors voted, 5-2, to approve the plan. Councilors Al Dimmock and Mark Osborne cast the negative votes.
The vote came down to whether it was more important to spend the funds on the arts or on some other area, such as purchasing equipment for the town.
“We understand that; we are just making a plea for the town to continue maintaining its substantial investment in this wonderful building and the programming that having the space opens allows,” Nelson said.
“What I’m trying to point out is I don’t feel that we should automatically say ‘Well, there’s money there, let’s spend it,”’ Dimmock said.
Nelson said the Arts Council is concerned that some groups that currently perform at the Opera House might go elsewhere because of the loss of revenue from the balcony’s closure.
Built in 1904, the Adams Memorial Building houses the Opera House, along with the Greater Derry–Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, Derry Housing Authority and town history museum.
To reduce the load on the roof, the engineer is recommending that a section of tar and gravel be removed and replaced with a rubber roof, Fowler said.
The stage floor also needs some work, including being reinforced to support 100 pounds per square foot under the floor, Fowler said.
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