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Stratford's only movie theater is closing to make way for an LA Fitness club.

I was horrified to read that Stratford's only well used, popular movie theater is being closed to make way for an LA Fitness center! Stratford already has at least three gyms, we do not need another, especially an overpriced one like LA Fitness. Is anyone willing to start a petition to try and get this decision overturned? Who should we complain to about this ridiculous idea? I'm not sure where to start, but feel this is not good for the town, and would like some support/advice from the community on how to go about fighting this.
Tommy MacKay December 10, 2013 at 07:09 PM
What a horrible job the Economic Development Commission does at attracting business to our town. Why doesn't Mayor Johnny get involved besides showing up at ribbon cuttings??? This will have a ripple effect for the three restaurants in that shopping center. No more Dinner & a Movie! No planning or thought is ever done by the town when attracting new business.
Mike Reynolds December 10, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Keep trying Tommy. Maybe in 4 years people just might listen to you.
Tommy MacKay December 10, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Screw 4 years! I think we just need to get rid of the Mayor position. The council runs the town anyway. We can save over $400K by eliminating that figurehead job.
Mike Reynolds December 10, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Good luck on the charter revision committee.
Eileen Dover December 11, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Tommy, you're telling us that "Mayor Mannequin" is paid over $400,000?!
Tommy MacKay December 11, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Mayor "Mannequin" (Love It!) voted along with the council back in 2011 for a 27% increase in the mayoral salary. It was raised from $90,000.00 per year to $115,000.00 per year. So in the next 4 years John will be paid (probably not earn) over $450,000.00. A half of million dollars to cut ribbons and pose for pictures!
Eileen Dover December 11, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Thanks for the explanation. Where can I get an application for doing almost nothing?!
Anna December 12, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Another notch on the "why did I move here card?!" Boy these politicians really know how to motivate business don't they?!! Guess they're just happy lining their pockets!!
Tmc December 20, 2013 at 04:33 PM
You thought politicians did otherwise?
Bob Cerani January 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM
OOOH, Tsk, Tsk Tommy, Sour grapes. You Have 4 years more. LOL

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