Village of Alix council will sell the municipality’s outdoor movie screen after it didn’t prove as popular as intended.
The decision was made at the March 17 regular meeting of council.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Michelle White presented councillors with a report on the outdoor movie screen purchased by the village in 2016.
“In April of 2016 the Village of Alix purchased a ‘ready-to-go’ complete high-definition outdoor movie screen system to be used annually for showing outdoor movies,” noted the agenda memo.
“The village has used the screen four times and it was used by outside parties twice in the five years we have owned the equipment. Of these uses only once has a movie been shown outdoors.”
The memo noted Alix Fire and Medical Department voiced interest in the equipment, and a letter was presented from the department to this end.
The memo noted it cost $14,566.58 in 2016, with rental rates of $500 per use plus a $1,000 damage deposit. If it was sold to the fire department it could be a source of income for them, with the department noting in their letter that fundraising has been under pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fire department offered $2,000 for the movie screen.
Councillors discussed the request. It was stated the screen was not being used as much as hoped when it was purchased and, if sold, it would at least be getting used.
Coun. Ed Cole asked if $2,000 was a fair price. White answered that, with depreciation over five years and the warranty expired in 2019, it’s valued at about $4,000.
Councillors unanimously approved selling the movie screen to the Alix Fire and Medical Department for $2,000.
White presented another memo to councillors, this one dealing with the sound system from Bay #1 in Railway House, where Moonwalkers Play Centre previously resided.
Staff noted the current tenants of that bay don’t need a sound system.
Village staff stated they asked the Alix Community Hall board if it was interested in the Alesis Multimix 12r sound system, and the board said they were.
“Cost that would be associated with the removal and hook-up of the equipment would be up to the Alix Community hall board to cover,” stated the memo, which noted the hall itself is village property as well so councillors just needed to give their blessing to have the system moved.
Councillors unanimously approved moving the sound system from Railway House to the community hall.
Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative reporter