The Woodstock Opera House will get a facelift next year when a project to replace the carpeting in the historic building gets underway.

The Woodstock City Council approved a $39,250 contract Nov. 21 with Pennsylvania-based Bloomsburg Carpet Industries to make custom-milled carpeting for the Opera House.

Opera House Managing Director John Scharres said the order will be designed to look like the building’s current pattern.

“It will look exactly the same, or as close as we can get to what is currently here, and that matches what was here when the building was restored,” Scharres said.  “… It’s not something you can get off the shelf.”

The contract covers 1,000 yards of carpeting and 800 yards of padding. Installation will be contracted separately.

The Opera House last replaced its carpet 20 about years ago, Scharres said, although some high-traffic areas had been replaced more recently.

“We find we get about 20 years worth of service out of the carpeting,” Scharres said. “We see a lot of foot traffic.”

City officials had approved a $44,645 deal for carpeting with a Georgia company, Brintons U.S. Axminster, at a previous council meeting. Bloomsburg Carpet Industries’ lower bid initially had been rejected because it appeared to exclude padding, but that turned out to be an error, according to city documents. At the Nov. 21 meeting, the city rescinded its award of work made to Brintons U.S. Axminster.

Scharres expects the new carpeting to be installed in spring or summer of 2018.

The council approved the contract 6-0. Councilwoman Maureen Larson was absent.

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