Brown said the center's board of directors was not happy with the original lease because it was limited to 40 years, required the group to do exterior maintenance and carry insurance on the building.
Commissioners changed the terms so that it would be a 99-year term, the group would only be responsible for the roof and landscaping, and the city would pay the building's insurance. The center will still carry liability insurance.
Brown said that although grant money for arts programs is plentiful, the group probably would not be able to get money for building maintenance.
City votes not to
contribute to opera:
To celebrate the centennial anniversary of Todd Duncan, a Danville native, the Citizens Concerned for Human Relations want to bring Porgy and Bess, the opera that made Duncan famous and led to the first desegregated performance at Washington's National Theatre, to Danville.
The production cost $35,000 -$40,000 and the CCHR asked Danville City Commissioners for $5,000.
Commissioners Jamey Gay and Terry Crowley voted for the contribution Monday and Commissioners Chester Kavanaugh and Ryan Owens voted against it. Mayor John W.D. Bowling was not at the meeting.
Local NAACP President Norman Bartleson asked commissioners to reconsider the vote.
"Chester (Kavanaugh), you said that you support the arts, but then you voted no?" Bartleson said. "If you want the arts here then I don't see how you could turn down Todd Duncan."
There was no discussion after Bartleson spoke.
Squads plan fish fry:
MORELAND - Moreland Fire Department and West Lincoln County Emergency Medical Service will sponsor a fish fry from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the fire department at 4430 Ky. 2141.
The all-you-can-eat meal costs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children 6-12, and free to those under 5 years old.
Carryouts are available for $6 each. Proceeds will be used to purchase equipment for the fire department.
Call the fire department at (606) 346-2391 after 2 p.m. Saturday for information.
Bate Middle School council - 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the school.
Casey County Hospital Board of Trustees - 8 p.m. today in the hospital conference room. The board will set a property tax rate, hear an update on the changeover Sept. 15, and consider new medical staff bylaws.|9/9/03***