Dimmock said he would rather see the money put into a new sidewalk plow for Derry.
Others also wanted the work to be put on hold.
“I don’t see this as a dire need,” resident Kelly Martin said. “I’d rather see that money put into (something else) like a pumper truck.”
Fowler said doing all the work this August will cause less disruption to the Arts Council and its performance schedule at the Opera House. The group loses 100 seats while the balcony remains closed.
Mary McCarthy, owner of local dance studio Dance Progressions, said she uses the Opera House regularly for performances and keeping the balcony closed can mean revenue losses.
“I love the Opera House, it’s a community theater,” she said. “But I may be forced to look someplace else. I’d rather keep them in Derry.”
Matt Cahoon of the Arts Council said doing all the work at the same time is best.
“It’s important to get the work done in August as we are slow then,” he said.
Plans call for the theater to be closed for repairs Aug. 4 through Aug. 29.
Fowler said none of the other offices and organizations using the building would be affected during renovations.