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|FIRST ON WGIL: Mayor Wants City Council to Approve Orpheum Funding
|FIRST REPORTED 6:00am 8/31/09 The approval last week of $50,000 by the Carl Sandburg College Board of Trustees to help support the Orpheum Theatre may just be the catalyst the Galesburg City Council needed.
Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza tells WGIL in an interview he will recommend that aldermen approve a $100,000 contribution to the Orpheum, as part of matching funds the theatre wants in order to be eligible for the federal "Save America's Treasures" Grant.
Garza says aldermen should at least give the funding request, in his words, serious consideration, and believes the Knox County Civic Center Authority Board is doing the right thing as well.
"I know that the Orpheum group is doing their due diligence to make sure that they're being effective and efficient with the resources that they currently have," Garza said. "My answer (to a question about whether or not he wanted the City Council to approve the Orpheum's funding request) would be yes, I believe at this time, because of the greater gain that...if they receive this grant, they can do so much with that Orpheum."
There are a number of other governmental and charitable entities being asked to make a total of $500,000 in local matching contributions to the grant, and Garza says he believes that they're all going to contribute as well.
The Orpheum is applying for the "Save America's Treasures" grant in order to make a myriad of repairs and renovations to the almost century-old structure.
(Members of the Galesburg City Council and the public tour the Orpheum Theatre during a Galesburg City Council work session July 27th. Story by Will Stevenson. WGIL News File Photo by Mike Perry.)
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