Archive for Thursday, February 8, 1996


February 8, 1996


— A proponent of the municipal auditorium here asked city commissioners to consider uses for the building when planning for the future.

Carla Bienhoff, a member of the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium board of directors, asked commissioners at their meeting Wednesday night to take the auditorium into consideration when forming the city's strategic plan.

She said members of the auditorium's board felt that the facility slowly was becoming underused. Attendance at events there has dwindled.

"The board is at a total loss as to why there is no community involvement," she said. "The only shows that spark any interest are children's shows and Country-Western shows."

She also asked commissioners to consider disbanding the board of directors.

Commissioner Gene Ramsey, who stood in for the mayor at the meeting, assured Bienhoff that the city commission had discussed the future of the auditorium, both in the strategic plan and in budget planning, and that they hoped to have an answer to her questions soon.

In other business, the council approved proclamations declaring today as Boy Scout Day in the city; February as Black History Month; and 1996 as Random Acts of Kindness Year.

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