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Trumbull Cancels Bolton Concert

This year, the Town would have lost $190,000 if the concert proceeded, said First Selectman Tim Herbst. His statement is printed below.

First Selectman Herbst’s Statement on Michael Bolton Concert Cancellation 

"September 14, 2012 - For the last eight years, the Town of Trumbull has produced an annual summer concert series. Like with any other Town sponsored event, some years have been more successful than others. Up until 2010, the Town of Trumbull did not have to bear responsibility for any financial losses associated with the annual summer concert. The previous concerts were funded through alternate sources of a questionable nature. In 2010, upon the advice of counsel, I ended this practice.

When the Town assumed all responsibility and liability for the Town Concert, finally we did appreciate and realize the costs and risks associated with producing an event of this magnitude. This year, as the Board of Finance and Town Council approved funding for the 2012 concert, they were provided with an itemized list of all costs associated with this annual event.

Last year, our annual summer concert was canceled in light of Hurricane Irene. We were fortunate that this concert was canceled due to the weather. The Finance Director has calculated that we would have lost $207,780 if the concert proceeded last year. This year, the Town would have lost $190,000 if the concert proceeded. As First Selectman of the Town of Trumbull, I cannot in good conscience allow the Town to be exposed to this type of financial risk.

This year and last year the Town and our concert promoters worked very hard to produce a successful concert. This was an event that we know many in the community enjoyed. It is unfortunate that we had to make the difficult but necessary decision to cancel this concert. We had hoped that ticket sales would have been better. But in light of other factors, not to mention a national economy that remains stagnant with less discretionary income for families, coupled with concerns over potential weather impact, this decision mitigated the Town's financial exposure, which if left unabated would have been significant. All Town sponsored events should be self –sustaining where people can come and have a good time without and adverse burden to the Trumbull taxpayers or the Town's budget.

In light of these events, the Town will review all of our options in providing Town sponsored events in the future and we will work collaboratively to make this happen. I have already had preliminary conversations with the President of the Trumbull Rotary Club and other civic organizations to enlist their help and support in orchestrating a comeback.

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Tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded including service charges and credit card fees.

Tickets purchased from the Town of Trumbull can be refunded by phoning (203) 452-5003 or bringing your ticket with you in person to:

Town of Trumbull Recreation Center – Tellalian Building

5892 Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611"

Tim Hendrie September 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I guess Rick is a big Micheal Bolton fan.
HHI RPH September 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Bring back a 3 day Trumbull Day. It should be like an old fashion Town Fair with rides, local food vendors, cider, crafts, Pie Eating contest, biggest pumpkin contest, veggie contest, artwork, etc. you could add local bands, school bands and a big name band or singer on the last day. If you intend to use Indian Ledge for these type functions it should have an emergency or 2nd entrance and exit off rte 25. it's 4 lanes for crying out loud and only less than 50 ft from the road. Not only would this alleviate traffic for the concert but it would a nice Town entrance for the trucks everyday. Whitney Ave is too dangerous for trucks and people who use the park. Move the mulching and add parking for an extra fee and bus in people for free if they prefer.
Marty Isaac September 19, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Wait a second. Do we allow common sense, good ideas on this board?
CHUCK BROWN September 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM
JUST TELL ME HOW MUCH MONEY WE LOST ON THIS WONDERFUL CONCERT? PER HOUSEHOLD SO IT FEELS BETTER AND SOUNDS CHEAPER DIVIDE TOTAL COST BY 12169 HOMES THANK YOU
Bob September 28, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I could hardly believe it When I heard the news today I had to come and get it straight from you They said you were leavin' Someone's swept your heart away From the look upon your face, I see it's true So tell me all about it Tell me about the plans you're makin' Then tell me one thing more before I go Tell me how am supposed to live without you Now that I've been lovin' you so long How am I supposed to live without you How am I supposed to carry on When all that I've been livin' for is gone

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