Grand Lake officials want movie nights, but not just for the kids |

Grand Lake officials want movie nights, but not just for the kids

Town leaders enjoyed the idea of bringing silver screen movies back to Grand Lake so much that they told town staff the shows shouldn’t be just for children.

Addressing the board of trustees on Monday, Town Manager John Crone said town staff have access to a sound system, a digital projector and some movies that were released fairly recently. With that, he continued, Grand Lake could start hosting a series of movie nights at the Community House.

“We ran a test in there, and this is something that could really work,” Crone said.

He brought the discussion to the board because, if Grand Lake does decide to start hosting movie nights, the recreation district has a popcorn machine and the town could sell small concessions.

One idea Crone floated would put those concessions in the hands of local nonprofits with those groups taking home any proceeds. One board member thought working with nonprofits in such a way might solve any questions about cleanup, and the board was extremely receptive to the idea of having movie nights overall.

One of the trustees even suggested there should movie nights for adults, complete with alcoholic beverages.

“I’d like to go a little further — I know it’s early — (but) I’d like it to be family night, or kid night, where you have, I’ll just say Walt Disney, and that starts at 7 o’clock or 6:30,” Mickey Rourke said. “And then I would really like to see date night where I come with my wife at 9 o’clock and it’s mostly adults… There’s nothing saying at intermission we can’t have wine and cheese.”

“I don’t know that we’ve ever had a town event where we served liquor,” replied Mayor Jim Peterson, who later added that he too thought movie nights were “a great idea.”

It’s premature to say how often Grand Lake might have movie nights or what form they could take, but Crone indicated they are a serious possibility and the movies could start as early as March.

During discussions, Crone offered that once a week might be too much for the movies, but he said admission would be free and the town wouldn’t run aground any copyright laws.

In other business:

• Grand Lake drew candidates’ names for the order in which they are to appear on April’s ballot. Running for the board of trustees, Tom Weydert, Ernie Bjorkman, Jonah Landy, Michael Arnston and Melissa Ratzmann will have their names on the ballot in that order. There are three full terms and one partial board term that will be filled in April. Also, Robert Canon and Steve Kudron are running for mayor, and Canon’s name will appear in the first slot.

• The board heard from representatives of the Grand Lake Fireworks Committee, which is requesting $8,000 in additional funding to help put on the town’s fireworks displays. Without more funding, the town could have to reduce the number of fireworks shows it has annually, they said.

Grand Lake has fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve, the Winter Carnival, July Fourth and Constitution Week. The group is requesting $18,000 after the town allotted $10,000 for fireworks. The board took no action on the request.

Also, there will be a fundraiser for Grand Lake’s fireworks shows on March 8 at O-a Bistro! and the group is selling fireworks puzzles and other merchandise, along with planning a June golf tournament, to help raise money.

• The board was reminded of an upcoming open house from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Community House for the town’s comprehensive plan. There will be different informational stations set up for people who want to drop in and learn more anytime during the four hour window.

• The board backed off having town staff draft local regulations for drones after learning there is little Grand Lake can do to regulate them. The FAA has jurisdiction over the nation’s airways, and the town can’t supersede federal rules.

• The board appointed Trustee Cindy Southway to a four-year term as the Grand Lake representative to the Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Committee.

• The board unanimously passed a resolution waiving fees at the Grand Lake Center for the Grand Crew Program, an alternative learning program at Middle Park High School for at risk youth. The group asked to use the center to help the students get ready for a multi-day backpacking trip in Utah. Students at the center will be supervised.

• The board voted to sign a contract with Optum Healthcare Solutions so that Optum’s clients and customers can secure use of Grand Lake Center facilities. Optum works with various insurance companies.

• The board renewed a contract with Hilly Lawn Landscaping for the town’s landscaping services.

• The board approved renewing a lease for Sarah Chabot Massage at the Grand Lake Center. During discussions, board members said they thought the rent was too low and OK’d renewing the lease at $800 a month opposed to the $700 a month in rent the business has been paying.

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