|Council approves contract for lighting, sound equipment|
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Another piece of the Harvester Performance Center was added Monday night when Rocky Mount Town Council voted to award a contract for the purchase and installation of lighting and sound equipment.
The contract was awarded to Stage Sound in Roanoke for $266,000, which submitted the low bid.
Two council members, Bobby Cundiff and Bobby Moyer, were consistent in their opposition to the renovation of the former Lynch Hardware Building for a performance center. Cundiff and Moyer voted against the motion to award the contract.
The motion to award the contract was made by council member Jerry Greer and seconded by Ann Love.
Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins, who is also the town's community development director, said Stage Sound will train the performance center staff to operate the lighting and sound equipment.
In a related matter, council voted unanimously to approve a resolution requesting $675,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to help pay for the Harvester Performance Center.
The performance center is on Franklin Street across from the farmers' market.
The contractor to renovate the former Lynch Hardware building for the performance center is Price Building Inc. of Callaway, which submitted the low bid of $2.2 million for the project.
Town council said the establishment of the music venue is a way for Rocky Mount to be the eastern gateway to The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, which winds from Franklin County to Dickerson County.
Design plans for the performance center provide interior space at the street level for a theater and elevated stage, seating, lobby, gallery space, concessions and restrooms.
The lower level provides space for a banquet hall, kitchen, restrooms, flexible meeting rooms and storage.
The performance center is expected to be completed in March 2014.