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Council recognizes Capitol Theatre

Caitlin Rickard • Updated Oct 1, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Lebanon City Council met Tuesday, where it took time to recognize the efforts of Bob and Pam Black and the new and improved Capitol Theatre.

“I think somewhere down the line when people look back and think about what started the revitalization of the square they’re going to refer to the Capitol Theatre,” Councilor Rob Cesternino said.

Since it’s grand re-opening in June, many events have been held at the newly remodeled space.

“If you haven’t had an event on the square, then get to the Capitol Theatre and look at it,” Cesternino said. “And if you have an event and don’t have it there, you’re really, really missing out.”

Councilor Tick Bryan said that before he attended an event there last night, he couldn’t remember the last time he saw a crowd of people leaving the Capitol Theatre.

“It’s a beautiful building. I couldn’t pay attention to what was going on because I was looking at everything,” Bryan said. “They’ve done an excellent job with all the work that’s been done, and I really appreciate it.”

Mayor Philip Craighead said the council, as well as the community, was very proud of the theatre.

“We’re proud of what it’s doing to revitalize downtown, and it’s a benchmark in our future and we’re so, so excited,” Craighead said.

Cesternino then presented the Blacks with a proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam conferring upon the Capitol Theatre a day of recognition.

“I’ll say it again: when we look to a linchpin to the renovation of the square, we’re going to say it’s the Capitol Theatre. We owe Bob and Pam a lot,” Cesternino said.

Before the regular called meeting, council met in a work session to discuss the purchase of a building and property for the relocation of the Gas Department.

If approved, the Gas Department would relocate from its 1017 Sparta Pike location, which it shares with the Public Safety Department, to 215 Maddox Simpson Parkway.

The move would allow the Public Safety Department to expand at its current location and would allow the Gas Department a bigger facility.

Former site owners, T&L Transportation and Motor Coach Industries, agreed on a purchase price of $750,000 for the location, and Public Works Commissioner Jeff Baines estimated an additional $50,000 would be needed to renovate the building.

“Timing is everything, and the timing is now to move this building over to a new location,” Baines said. “It’s a clean site and a great location, and I think it’s a great opportunity.”

During the regular meeting, council then approved an ordinance on first reading that would appropriate funds for the purchase of the new property.

“We’re just getting prepared for what the needs will be in the future,” Craighead said.

In final reading, the council approved the authorization of 50 Tasers and accessories for the police department.

Council is set to meet again Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall for a special called session to get final approval on 10 issues.

Council will consider on final reading to appropriate funds for the purchase and renovation of 215 Maddox Simpson Parkway for the new Lebanon Gas Department, among other things.

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