Victoria company donates stage for city use

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Nov. 18, 2012 at 5:18 a.m.
Updated Nov. 19, 2012 at 5:19 a.m.

A Victoria business is setting the stage for more outdoor entertainment events.

Victoria City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to accept a donated mobile stage from Clegg Industries Inc.

The stage will go under the Parks and Recreation Department and will be available to the public to rent.

Convention and Visitors Bureau Director LaRue Roth applauded the company for donating the stage.

"Two thumbs up for John Clegg," she said.

She said the bureau paid $1,000 to rent the stage from Clegg Industries for Bootfest this year.

"If the city owns it, that would be something that wouldn't be another expense," she said. "It certainly would be handy."

The city uses the stage for its street dances, concerts and other outdoor events. It even used the stage for a Main Street program when First Lady Anita Perry visited Victoria this spring.

As part of the deal, the original sponsors of the mobile stage will be displayed on a sign for one year, recognizing their contribution to the community.

The city intends to offer this stage to the community for use in non-city events that are planned within the city limits of Victoria. The council will decide a rental fee as part of the city's fee ordinance next month.

John Clegg, owner of the company, said the stage came together from the collaboration of several local companies: Clegg Industries, Clegg Fabrication and Engineering, Victoria Communication Services, Mueller Inc., Sign Crafters, Woodhouse Day Spa, Victoria Air Conditioning, Hall Electric Lighting Center, Lauger Companies Inc., Harley-Davidson of Victoria, McD Trailers and Safety Steel Service Inc.

"It was just something we did as a community service," Clegg said. "It's time for somebody else to carry on with it."

He said he felt the city would make a good home for the stage.

Councilman Joe Truman said the stage needs a little work but is in good shape.

"I would love to see it used for more entertainment on the square or wherever we feel up to putting on a show," Truman said.

Parks and Recreation will store and maintain the stage, he said.

"It'll make it a lot easier to have a stage ready to go," Truman said.

Mayor Will Armstrong called the donation a generous gesture.

"He has done a lot," Armstrong said of Clegg. "He's a good businessman and very community-minded."

Armstrong said he is certain the stage will be used in next year's Bootfest, as well as the Lighting of the Park and any other city entertainment events.

"It'll be a real asset," Armstrong said. "I'm very grateful for his donation to the city."



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