Farmington metropolis council members on Monday permitted a second mortgage to maintain the lights on on the Farmington Civic Theater.
A $64,000 mortgage in October helped the long-lasting film home cowl bills after a six-month closure resulting from state COVID-19 restrictions. The Civic re-opened for simply over three weeks when one other pandemic surge closed it down once more.
The theater reopened February 1, however metropolis supervisor David Murphy stated attendance has lagged. Because of this, the theater is dropping about $10,000 a month.
“Individuals don’t wish to come to the theater proper now, they’re nonetheless leery,” he stated. “I simply don’t see closing the theater.”
The theater would repay the $90,000 mortgage over three years, with a 1 p.c rate of interest. Metropolis treasurer Chris Weber stated that’s normal with loans between funds. Town additionally expects to obtain round $1 million from the American Rescue Act, which may pay again the mortgage.
Mayor Professional Tem Joe LaRussa requested whether or not $90,000 was sufficient and whether or not workers had executed an evaluation in regards to the theater’s long-term wants.
Weber stated the town would switch $100,000 by the tip of this fiscal yr and budgeted one other $150,000 for subsequent yr. “No matter occurs past that, we’ll have to evaluate as we go.”
Murphy stated theater supervisor Scott Freeman can be pursuing grants.