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Salem Theatre Board To Ask City For Help On Expansion and Renovation Project

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem Theatre Board is looking for city help to complete a $70,000 renovation and expansion project.  

The theatre board is requesting a $30,000 loan from the city to use along with a $40,000 capital bill grant from State Representative John Cavaletto.  The proposed project includes the addition of an 18 by 18 foot expansion to the rear of the building for a dressing room and restroom.  

City Manager Bill Gruen says there are several possible sources for the loan the council can discuss.  He says the city council will also have to determine the theatre board's ability to repay a loan.  He notes a loan to a private organization or club such as the Theatre Board is not a typical action of the city.  However, he adds this project is a bit different because the city owns the building and the theatre board is proposing to repay the money.  

A representative of the theatre board will be at Monday's meeting to present the request, discuss the expansion, and the ability of the theatre board to repay the loan.  

The city council will receive a request from the Bryan Bennett Library to close Church Street between Maple and Pearl Streets from nine to noon on June 21st for an Emergency/Community Services Awareness Fair.  The Salem Chamber is requesting to use Bryan Memorial Park on Saturday, September 21st, for the ninth annual Apple Fest.  Salem Cub Scout Pack 262 is requesting use of the park stage, tee-pee and Frala Park from four to ten pm June 4th through 7th.  50 to 60 scouts are expected to attend.  The scouts want to complete an 'environmental project' as part of the camp, such as picking up litter or planting trees.    

Mayor John Raymer will present a list of appointments to various boards and commissions for the city council's approval.   

The meeting begins at six Monday night at Salem City Hall.

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