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Bell Theater concerns brought before panel

Anthony Cloud Staff Writer

November 13, 2013

Former Pineville Mayor Scott Madon approached the Pineville City Council during a special-called meeting on Tuesday. Madon was concerned about the Bell Theater. He claimed he had heard Mike Crockett was attempting to sell the theater.


“I was the mayor when we bought that thing,” said Madon. “The city bought it with taxpayer dollars. We financed it with grants.”


Madon said the majority of events planned for Main Street Pineville (MSP) has the theater incorporated in it. He also said the theater doesn’t need to be in private hands.


“I just really feel like that theater is the main focus of our whole downtown area,” said Madon. “It’s a vital part of the community.”


According to the deed of conveyance, entered on June 24, 2003, the property would revert back to the city if it ceases to be used for the grantees primary office space, commercial office space, residential office and commercial housing, cinema and live entertainment, commercial retail space and such other purposes as approved in writing by the grantor (city of Pineville).


The agreement was made between the city and the Pineville/Bell County Urban Renewal and Community development Agency.


Pineville Mayor Sherwin Rader said she and MSP Director Jacob Roan had a meeting with Crockett after hearing the rumors. Rader said it was a request for proposal on the operation of the theater to keep it a community theater.


Rader said to her knowledge, Crockett did not plan on selling it to someone that would close it as a theater. She said Crockett would be at the board meeting next month to discuss the situation at greater length.


The council also discussed the parking meters during the council meeting. The council passed a motion to sell the meters, use the money gained to pay for having the meters taken up and give the excess money to MSP.


Rader said there were a couple of cities, one being Whitesburg, who were interested in buying the meters to bring in revenue. There were also citizens interested in buying the meters.


There are plans to bid the project for taking up the meters.


Reach Anthony Cloud at 606-248-1010, ext. 208, acloud@civitasmedia.com