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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"

Mike September 17, 2012 at 04:02 PM
$45.00 to see Michael Bolton??? I paid $50 to see Carrie Undwerwood this past weekend who actually is famous!
Marty Isaac September 17, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Enough with the excuses. Trumbull Day is gone. The concerts are a failure. Even the Irish festival is gone. Each year, it seems Trumbull loses a little more of its luster. Tremendously disappointing. Say what you want about the prior administration -- but when Ray was First Selectman, this town was a better place to live.
JR September 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Joan - This will become a bullet point on a 2013 campaign mailer under "Savings".
louis September 17, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The question I have is why would we have lost $190,000 had the concert proceeded with in mind, the already 700 sold tickets? I'm not sure if you guys are hedge fund managers who deal with risk analysis as a profession, but I will tell you there was no risk from continuing to provide an event for the people. There is a risk, though, of taking 2 years to pave Booth Hill. It was offensive to spend 10 million dollars for the lockers at the High School when the ones there were installed the year of my birth. Now I know you guys get stuck in a kind of group think, and the citizens never challange your absurd logic, but there are actually people in town with an public administrative backgroud, and honestly, this is insulting, especially when taxes went up this year. Area residents asked but one thing from the local officials, an annual concert, something we could take pride in an have fun at, something to bring the town together. You guys cannot even do that right. How much was Mike charging, and where were the other costs coming from? Because it had better not be that you folks were trying to sweeten your own pot, if it was something other than you folks are saying, and we are talking about professional reputations here, and not just of the performer, then you will not so easily close this circle and wiggle out of it by telling folks to attend the next meeting at town hall
mary isaac September 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
From the 7/12 BOF meeting minutes: "Maria Pires will contact a broker to see if we can have insurance coverage in case the concert must be cancelled." I would think that Ms. Pires would be a good starting point regarding any losses due to the cancellation of the concert. Was the insurance purchased??
Tim Hendrie September 17, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I don' need a concert. Plow the snow and finish the sewers.
Tim Hendrie September 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The days of tax payer funded frills are gone. If people want to donate their own money to maintain the "luster" of the the community they are free to try.
Sad Dem September 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The same people crying about the taxes are crying about the events. You can't have it both ways. So when the administration brings a concert to town and no one buys ticket, it's there fault. We elect our officials to run the town. Not set up concerts. Herbst did the right thing. Maybe next time put an event planner on the ticket.
Don September 17, 2012 at 08:38 PM
You cannot praise the man for cancelling this event without recognizing the he was a large part of the initial decision to move forward with Bolton in the first place. I would like to fully understand how much money the town did lose.
JR September 17, 2012 at 08:41 PM
That's like commending someone for not robbing a bank.
Sad Dem September 17, 2012 at 09:08 PM
jr, that was the worst response I've ever heard. Ever. It doesnt even pertain to what was said.
JR September 17, 2012 at 09:17 PM
You are congratulating Herbst for not going through with an ill-conceive plan that you admit he should not have been involved in and my response is faulty. Got it.
louis September 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I think you have an interesting point, but what I am saying is this: In the 1970's the per household liability was less and we got more for the money we paid. The local Republicans running on a platform of limited government, do not mean its size or instrusiveness, they merely do less for you. It is their job to pave the roads and finish the sewers and collect the leaves. It is their job in most municipalities to collect the rubbish, that is why you pay them money. But it is also their job in this town to run an event that the people can enjoy. We are mistaking ideology with incompetence. Tell us the numbers so we can discern the truth, lets find out where they dropped the ball, and yes you are right, plow the snow and finish the sewers, that is what they were elected on, and most Trumbull residents experienced a tax increase this year by Rutigliano's Finance Board, of course he didn't vote on the concert, he had to recuse himself, he has the concessions contract
Jim Flynn September 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Only these rabid Herbst sycophants could find a way to commend him for canceling a concert that he should have never scheduled in the first place. Unbelievable.
Rick September 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Absolutely. Now of course they're saying it was a "safety" issue. Ok, I believe that we have had the driest 2 weeks ever and tomorrow is going to rain followed by a return of the dry, perfect late summer weather! What a crock!
Rick September 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
It's so crazy how the promoter now was asked to lie about alleged "safety" issues. Anything but accepting responsibility. Are people really apathetic enough to overlook it?
Charley Pitcher September 18, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Trumbull Day runs about $100k, we saved 190K, no reason now not to have it this year. We will still be ahead 90K.....
Joan September 18, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Now that's funny!
Joan September 18, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I'm counting on it!
Tom Kelly September 18, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Hey Charley, good to see you. As someone familiar with how Trumbull government and Trumbull politics work, ask yourself how, if Trumbull Day supposedly lost money, there was an $11,000 surplus balance left in the Trumbull Day account. How does an event "lose" money and yet have a surplus? They rolled that surplus right into the concert account. The Trumbull Day account is now closed. I certainly agree with you. Bring back Trumbull Day. The memories of those Trumbull fireworks will stay with kids throughout their entire lives.
Andrew Douglas September 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Are you serious? This laughable comment belongs in the "you can't make this stuff up" file.
Andrew Douglas September 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Perhaps some instruction in basic economics is in order. The town sells tickets to the concert. The proceeds pay for the concert. If they sell enough tickets, the town MAKES MONEY. They didn't sell enough tickets. Clear enough? So get an artist who can actually draw people, and it's a revenue source.
Tim Hendrie September 18, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I guess I'm a syncophant if I don't believe in throwing good money after bad. The tax payers would be better off with a few more sycophants . Same old story. Get vicarious pleasure by "throwing" a concert.. Stick the taxpayers with the check.
Charley Pitcher September 18, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Hey Tom, it is amazing how we can’t “afford” Trumbull Day when you think about what we get for our tax dollars. We get to pay for garbage pickup; we get to pay for fire protection. Those of us with kids in the school sports programs, we get to “pay to play”. We do get police and snow/leaf removal and a public school system. We can’t seem to fix our ever growing sewer disaster; we can’t seem to get all of our roads paved that have been torn apart. We still have portable class rooms that will never go away. We have sewer assessments that have some people selling and moving out of Trumbull. And to top it all off, they pull Michael Bolton out of “shady acres” to play in town? Trumbull Day doesn’t work nor will any concerts when everything is miss managed from the onset. To hold a big production you need to build from within.
Thomas Tesoro September 18, 2012 at 02:49 PM
There is of course a middle ground. It goes something like this: Step 1: We stop the fiscal shenanigans and agree that we put the cost of a concert and Trumbull Day into the tax base for a three or four year period. Step 2: We set up a Commission of Volunteers to manage and oversee these events. These should not be the silly stacked Commissions we have today but a real cross section of our population, that is, 25% Democrats, 25% Republicans and 50% unaffiliated voters who have a history of Community service. Step 3: The Town pays for both events but the proceeds of these events goes into an agency account. This amount builds up over the three to four years and becomes the money used to fund future events. In other words, these events are treated the same way as the golf course, paid for in the future by the proceeds. Step 4: After either three or four years the money for these events comes out of the Town budget and our Town is out of the business of funding these events. The future of Trumbull Day and a Summer Concert is in the hands of the Commission that reports to the BOF and the Town Council on its activities and fiscal health. The alternative is not to do them at all because if we have learned one thing, Town Government has no expertise in the "fun" business. Tom Tesoro
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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