CHESTERTOWN — When the COVID-19 public well being disaster has abated, when restrictions on social distancing and the scale of gatherings are lifted, music and theater and different dwell performances will return to Chestertown on a grand stage.
The City of Chestertown and Most important Road Historic Chestertown inked a Memorandum of Understanding final week that transfers possession of a newly bought cell stage to the city in trade for assurances associated to storage, upkeep, restore, transport, setup and breakdown, and insurance coverage and legal responsibility.
“The board of Most important Road felt it could be essential earlier than we completely simply give the stage to the city that we ensure that we’re all on the identical web page. We form of assume that we’re, however we wish to ensure that our assumptions are right,” Kay MacIntosh, program supervisor of Most important Road Chestertown, advised the mayor and council at their Dec. 7 assembly.
MacIntosh mentioned the MOU outlines Most important Road’s intent in getting grant cash and buying the stage was for it for use for occasions sponsored by the city and nonprofits. It’s not for use for industrial occasions or rented out for weddings and the like, and should stay inside city limits.
Due to the funding that it has made, Most important Road has precedence. The 501(c)(3) group won’t must pay to be used of the stage and won’t must signal a rental settlement, in accordance with the MOU.
MacIntosh requested that charges charged to nonprofits be as minimal as attainable. She mentioned nonprofits wrote letters of help when Most important Road utilized for grants to buy the stage.
The 2 predominant funders have been the Robert F. Schumann Basis ($35,000 grant) and the Maryland Heritage Space Authority and its Tales of the Chesapeake Heritage Space ($54,300 grant), in accordance with MacIntosh. The city dedicated $5,000 and Most important Road contributed $10,000.
The heavy obligation Stageline SL75, manufactured by a Canada-based firm, is 20 toes throughout and 16 toes deep. It is available in a self-contained trailer that mechanically opens; a hydraulic carry raises the roof. There are struts the place lights and sound gear might be put in.
MacIntosh advised the council that the brand new stage is extra skilled and safer than what had been used.
“It’s magnificent,” City Supervisor Invoice Ingersoll mentioned.
4 members of the city’s Road Division have been skilled by the producer on learn how to arrange and break down the stage.
The hope was that Santa Claus would have been the primary to make use of the brand new stage.
“However that did not work out” due to the pandemic, MacIntosh mentioned.
“In the future we’ll have an occasion on that stage,” she promised.
After studying phrases of the settlement into the document, Mayor Chris Cerino advised the council: “Principally we personal it, we keep it. Most important Road will get to make use of it when they need it for occasions, and I am assuming they’ll give us loads of lead time as they at all times do. After which different nonprofits can use it.”
He added, “It is an enormous, enormous step up from the stage that we have now. Belief me.”
The vote was 5-0 to help the MOU, which is to be signed by Cerino and Paul Heckles, president of Most important Road Chestertown.
“I believe this will probably be a fantastic addition to occasions that occur downtown,” mentioned Councilman Ellsworth Tolliver in making the movement for help. Councilman Tom Herz, whose Second Ward contains the downtown, seconded the movement.