ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Renewing the lease at the Alban Arts and Conference Center was a point of debate at the St. Albans City Council meeting Monday night.
The city originally signed a one-year lease for approximately $39,000 with the St. Albans Regional Development Authority in 2008. They have continued to pay that amount each year.
Councilman John Boles made a motion Monday to renew the lease with the same terms, so there would be a starting point to discuss a long-term lease with STARDA.
But Councilman Stephen Donelson questioned why the theater still needed city funding.
"I am not against the Alban Theater, regardless of what people think," he said. "What I am against is using money and not accounting for that money."
Donelson said that in 2008, council was told the theater would be self sufficient in 18 months.
"Do we want to continue to pay for the Alban, knowing that it is not making a profit to cover its own expenses?"
Other council members and people in the audience argued that any money the city spent would be worth the investment.