City Commission discuss Sturges-Young Auditorium's future
Thursday Oct 27, 2016 8:50am
STURGIS – What should be done to and for the Sturges-Young Civic Center and Auditorium?
Those were just some of the questions touched on during a work session Wednesday night by the Sturgis City Commission.
City Manager Mike Hughes and City Controller Holly Keyser shared with the Commissioners that the City has budgeted $220,000 a year to go to the Auditorium. That amount hasn't changed over the last nine years.
Auditorium Executive Director Brad Donmyer explained to the Commission and audience that some of the issues with the Auditorium are due to its age. Other equipment has also acted up or went down. Donmyer says he has repaired it, but there comes a time when new items are needed, and the money just isn't there.
Donmyer says another issue he and his staff have faced in recent years is the ability to “sell” the auditorium for events.
Many ideas were talked about, such as bringing in a consultant to help Donmyer and his staff in terms of looking at the operations of the Auditorium and helping to emphasize what they do well. Another possible idea was doing a “facelift” to the building with new paint, carpeting and furniture.
Hughes says more work sessions will be held to help form a plan on what should be done.