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COUNCIL AGREES TO ALLOW HERITAGE THEATRE TO TAP FUNDS IT SAVED FOR UPKEEP It's beyond time when repairs and maintenance should have started BY M ARA VAN ELLS An edition of the Volume 13, Issue 47 181 www.community-newspapers.com November 29, 2013 Hark! A Holiday Roundup What to do and see this season PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF RICK ANDERSON The Campbell City Council has agreed to allow the Heritage Theatre to tap the funds the city has been saving for the last 10 years to make repairs and updates to the theater. When the building was restored a decade ago, a $1 fee per attendee was implemented, and the money was funneled into the Preservation and Enhancement Fund, an account reserved for future repairs to the building as needed. "Every person who crosses that threshold, whether it's a ticket event or not, pays that fee," said Natasha Bissell, recreation services manager. When the building was restored, a timeline of future updates to the theater also was put in place. "Some of those things we've stretched out a little longer, and really, it's time to replace them. We'll spend more on repairing them at this point," she said. The fund is separate from the city's general fund. Bissell explained that the fund has always been a necessary backup plan. If a piece of theater equipment were to break—if the soundboard were to go out, for example—fixing it could cost thousands of dollars and be a "really big hit" to the general fund. Now that the city has given authority to use the funds, Bissell expects the updates to be implemented within the next year. The stage floor that was installed in February 2004 had a life expectancy of six years, according to the recommendation prepared for the council by Bissell. The stage has been sanded every other year for the last 10 years and is now at a point where it can't be sanded page 12 Theatre, page 6 Interesting Legacy: Paul Del Grande was well known in Campbell. He was kind, but also stubborn ........................................................ page 5 Small Business Saturday: It's the perfect time to Shop Small, Shop Campbell ............ page 10 The Campbell A Follow us at: NEWSPAPER Facebook.com/campbellreporter @ TheCamReporter Pets aren't forgotten during the holidays, what with gifts under the tree and special events that include photos with Santa. Dec. 8 is the date for Santa Paws at Santana Row.