Funding for the Town Hall Project has been through personal and business donations, grants, and contributions by the Village of West Liberty and Liberty Township.
The West Liberty Historical Society has a lease agreement with Liberty Township and the Village of West Liberty to renovate and operate the Opera House. The Village will pay utility costs and insurance for the building. We expect to have a venue that will accommodate rental income from meetings, lectures, weddings and receptions and ticket sales of theater productions, musical events, comedy and magic shows.
The Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Humanities Council have subsidies for performers for which we would apply to offset event expenses. We expect to have at least 1 community play per year, a music/arts series with 4 events, and fund raising events such as a Victorian Christmas play and dessert.
At this time we have no paid members. If a volunteer is not found, a part time person to schedule and promote programming will need to be considered. At the completion of this project, there will be no outstanding debt for the Town Hall restoration project. A strong partnership with the Village, Liberty Township, and the West Liberty Historical society will promote fiscal sustainability for the future.
The West Liberty Town Hall Restoration Committee has raised over $260,000 in renovation funds for Phase 1 and 2, plus $60,000.00 for the purchase of the additional building. We have received a $15,000 grant from the Columbus Foundation/Mary Eleanor Morris Fund, a $30,000 donation from a local business and $25,000 from the local Savings and Loan, but 73% of the donations are under $1000; we have public support and interest.
Additional work done by the township and village for $95,000 has secured the building for future generations. We are requesting $300,000 from the Capital Investment Program. This grant would install an elevator and the stairways, and renovate the entry and ticket booth area, with all being ADA compliant. Additional work includes electric and HVAC systems and plaster repair.
Please consider pledging a donation to assist us with Phase 3. Donations will be accepted through our fundraiser account on YouCaring, or you may fill out a Pledge Card below and a representative from the West Liberty Historical Society will be in touch to arrange payment details.