AZTEC — Commissioners met with Mayor Pro-Tem Jim Crowley sitting in for an absent Mayor Sally Burbridge for a special meeting Tuesday and approved a new tenant for the historic Aztec Theater on Main Street.

The special meeting was scheduled to make up for last week's regular meeting, which was canceled when three commissioners could not attend.

Improvements to the Senior-Community Center and the purchase of trash bin enclosures for eight city dumpsters also were approved on the night's consent agenda.

But the focus of the meeting was whether to approve Crash Music's bid to expand into the 8,000-square-foot building. The business provides an art venue and music school and is currently located in a smaller building on Aztec's Main Street.

"My intention, with community support, is to continue to bring high quality entertainment to this town," co-owner George Rowe said before the commission. "To do so, I need a larger venue."

Both a variance to noise regulations and a conditional-use permit to make the move possible were approved.

Some of the discussion hinged on the levels of sound music acts might create in the theater, which stands in close proximity to two churches and a daycare center.

"We are developing a high fidelity sound system and focus solely on the quality acts, not the volume," Rowe said.

Commission Hall was filled with citizens who attended to show their support for Rowe and co-owner Susan Rys.

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One of those who came to speak in support of the business moving to the theater was 15-year-old Bloomfield High student Zach Tarver.

"Crash supports multiple communities, bringing people from Farmington, Bloomfield — all around — giving people a place to go where arts and music (are)," he said.

David Tarver, Zach's father, said the commission should approve the move.

"I've known them (Rowe and Rys) for years," he said. "George has been a music teacher for years and currently gives my son guitar lessons. It's just a good thing to do for the town -- the kids love it and learn from it."

Katee McClure also voiced her support.

"In a short time, I've seen this powerhouse duo do things and grow," McClure said. "They have the ideas and tenacious qualities needed to make things happen. From an economic standpoint, George and Sue are going to help revitalize and wake up downtown at nights, not just once a month, not just weekly, but multiple times a week."

Asked if she had any further comment, McClure waved her hands in the air searching for words and concluded, "Rock on."

The commissioners' unanimous vote cleared the path for Crash Music to occupy and operate within city code at the iconic theater.

"I am thrilled to see something good going in the Aztec Theater," said Commissioner Sherri Sipe.

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