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|Boiler at Orpheum Theatre Fixed -- For Now
|The president of Galesburg's Orpheum Theatre says the good news is that the theatre won't shut down for the winter now that its boiler has been temporarily fixed -- but the bad news, there's no telling how long it will stay fixed.
Kate Francis says some final work is being done with the boiler, and a final report will be sent to the state so it can formally be cleared for use again. The boiler had essentially been condemned following an inspection.
Francis tells WGIL $28,000 worth of work was done on the boiler, and while that may seem like a large amount of money, it beats the alternative.
"It's either $28,000, or we don't do about $60,000 worth of business between now and December 31st, so it was kind of a no brainer."
Francis tells WGIL the boiler repairs could make it operable for five more years, but that doesn't solve a bigger problem.
"The question becomes though, it is still a unit that is twice the necessary size to heat the Orpheum Theatre, it is still a unit that is over 50 some odd years old - it is still completely energy inefficient even with these repairs."
Francis says that's one of the reasons why she continues to pursue the "Save America's Treasures Grant" -- so she can replace the boiler and a partly outdated air conditioning system as well.
With this week's approval of funds from Knox County if the $500,000 grant is received and previous commitments from the City of Galesburg and Carl Sandburg College among others, Francis says she's half-way toward her matching fundraising goal.
(WGIL News File Photo.)
|10 30 09 by Newsroom
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