Monday morning, Randy Danielson co-chairman for the Rees Restoration Project said a couple of the major projects are well underway or nearing completion.
Just a couple of months ago it was determined that a new roof access needed to be completed before it started to snow. Eisenhour Home Improvements offered to tackle the job and Al Eisenhour, Mike Menis and John Foshee have been on the roof demolishing the old shanty and building a completely new one along with a new set of stairs up to the roof top. This construction needed to be completed before a new roof membrane could be placed to endure a dry ceiling system.
Bulging brickwork on the upper portion of the south wall has been a concern with a couple of contractors. It appears at some point the outer brick has pulled away from the inner block wall and could eventually fall off the building. Chad Singleton and Damone West with C & S Masonry Restoration from South Bend have been busy repairing the south wall. Work should be completed today or tomorrow weather permitting.
Monday morning the new playbills on each side of the theater’s entrance were installed by VANADCO Signs of Argos. These playbills are part of the first phase of the project, which was paid by a combination of private contributions, City Community Improvement Rebate and Marshall County Community Foundation. Cost estimate for the playbills was $3,548.00.
While many project are underway or being completed there is still a long road ahead.
A GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/reestheatre) is available to make donations or folks can drop off a check at the Marshall County Museum. There are a variety of in-kind donations for services and or materials the project can also use.
Danielson said a spring 2018 capital campaign will address the major inside renovation project.