In the ongoing improvements to the old historic Rialto Theatre, a roofing bid was approved for a TPO, rubber membrane type roof. This roof has a twenty year warranty. The contract was awarded to Johnson Roofing of Lubbock. The bid was in the amount of $49,600. Chaney Johnson, owner of the company stated, “We are ready to start when you are. The product is available and has our name on it.”
This building is 96 years old and has very much a patchwork roof. The TPO roof is said to be very easy to maintain and repair.
Johnson Roofing has been in business for 22 years. Johnson stated, “If you have any problems, we will come right down.”
The work should be done within a week after starting the project.
Brian Brisendine, Executive Director of BIDCorp told the board the lighting should be completed by the end of the month on the Rialto marquee. Brisendine did hand out some before and after shots of the Rialto, with the work so far.
There was some discussion on what the mural should be. Brisendine stated the mural was to be a West Texas sunset in the style of Van Gogh’s starry night. The latest rendering showed cotton, peanuts, oil and grapes.
The possibility of just a less impressionistic design of a West Texas sunset with a windmill or some landmark on it as the mural. “We could look at some old photos of Brownfield or the horizon or just something that brings everyone together. Perhaps just something very generic that will satisfy everyone,” stated Michael Franke, Board Member.
There is the possibility of replacing the old “poster cases” with new lighted versions and doing poster type displays for whatever event is being held in the Rialto.
The artist will be in Brownfield on Wednesday, and the mural could be completed by Saturday, if a design is finalized.
The outside work at the Rialto will likely come in under $100,000 total, according to Brisendine. No budget has yet been set for the inside restoration.
Some discussion went on about the brick streets, curbs and the possibility of placing the old style of street lamps.
The Sales Tax for this year, so far came to $503,190, which is down -8.33%. Brisendine stated, “This is still better than we though it would be this year. We are doing pretty well.”
The BIDCorp 2021-22 Program of Work was presented to the board.
Having no further business, the meeting was adjourned. BIDCorp generally meets on the third Monday of every month at 4 p.m. in the Council Chambers.