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Town commits $500K for school theatre

UPDATE — Town council approved a $500,000 commitment toward a theatre proposed to be built as part of the new high school.

A late addition to tonight’s town council agenda proposes the Town contribute $500,000 toward a theatre at the new high school and to decline the offer to build a shared library.

Under the proposal, the District School Board of Niagara also would contribute $500,000 toward the $3 million dollar theatre project.

Fundraising is proposed to make up the $2 million gap through community donations or government grants. If there is a shortfall in fundraising, both parties would make up the difference up to the $3 million construction cost, but if it’s over that amount, the DSBN pays the balance.

The theatre would be owned by the school board which would assume all operation and maintenance costs and retain revenue from rentals. The Town would be able to use it for free for special events and local community groups would get preferred rates.

The Town would hand over the money after it is built with the proposed construction starting in conjunction with the school in 2017. The proposal recommends the Town set aside $250,000 immediately and the balance in the two years to follow.

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  1. Patty M | Feb 17, 2015 | Reply

    Sounds like someone is using their noggin. Isn’t it nice how people can come together with a little thought and offer solutions.

  2. Peter Joon | Feb 17, 2015 | Reply

    I will remember every councillor who votes for this idiocy and don’t ever count on my vote again, we are being railroaded into thos by the dam artsy camp who have never had to pay their own way

  3. Sandra Rempel | Feb 17, 2015 | Reply

    Ridiculous idea. Both my husband Bob Smalldon & I share the same feelings.
    We must make sure that the taxpayers do not have to contribute in any way. This would be very unfair to the community.
    Fundraising is not an easy matter..Perhaps sounds very negative, but this is how we feel.

  4. doris Emerson | Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    How did the councillors vote -was it unanimous-or just the 1 dissenter? why waste the taxpayers time asking for their opinion when it doesn’t really mean anything. Robbing Peter to pay Paul-where will they get the money to pay Paul?

  5. Mike Cloutier | Feb 19, 2015 | Reply

    I listened online so I didn’t see the vote. Only one spoke against it. I’ll be answering these and many more questions in the next scintillating edition of The Ridgeway Herald.

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