Special Meetings this week: 3rd Street Dam, and $7,000 to pay for a band
This week, Media Borough Council is hosting two Special Meetings.
3rd Street Dam Design Status, August 3rd, 2011, 7:00 PM
The first meeting is Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM to discuss the 3rd Street Dam design with the engineering firm Schnabel Engineering. A group called Friends of Glen Providence Park recently formed with a goal of attempting to improve the existing design.
Various documents are posted on the borough web site, with backup copies here (all are PDF documents):
- 3rd Street Dam Schedule
- 3rd Street Dam Cost Estimate
- 3rd Street Dam Color Plans and Simulations
- 3rd Street Dam Drainage Report 2011
- 3rd Street Dam Safety Review Plans
- 3rd Street Dam Alternative Design # 1
- 3rd Street Dam Alternative Design # 2
- 3rd Street Dam Alternative Design # 3
Another “Special Meeting” on Thursday: $7K for Irish Rock Band
The agenda for this meeting has not been posted to the borough web site as of August 2nd at 10:40 AM, however, the Media Borough Special Meeting Agenda August 4th, 2011 was retrieved from the Borough Manager, Jeff Smith.
The agenda contains the following legislative item of interest:
- REQUEST TO RELEASE $7,000 FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO RENT SPACE AT MEDIA THEATRE
Of particular interest is the wording of the first item “… to RENT SPACE at…”, when it was disclosed last month at the working meeting that the funds were to pay for an Irish Rock Band to play at the Media Theatre this November. In addition, the recommendation of the Finance Committee was to make the funds a loan to be paid back. According to sources, Jim Cunningham was inclined to vote against releasing the funds, and so the vote was postponed last legislative meeting. He was quoted regarding 1 West State Street, “We’re not Uncle Sugar, we don’t print money in the basement.”
It as also disclosed that the four nights rented at the Media Theatre are not “free” as has been stated by proponents. Based on a question from Media, PA, News, Media Borough gave $16,000 to Media Theatre last year to pay Bob Linn Architects to produce designs for the Media Theatre in order to get grant money for restoration of the theater. The Media Theatre, negotiating with Monika Rehoric, repaid it partly in cash and partly with “in-kind” services, specifically:
- $4,000 paid back in cash
- $12,000 for four nights at the Media Theatre, at a cost of $3,000 per night
- Specific dates were negotiated by Ms. Rehoric
From last month’s Working Meeting on July 7th, 2011:
Dawn Roe: We have contracted with Blackthorn to be the lead performer at a cost of .. $3,800. All of this will be considered at the next council meeting at request of Finance to consider it … prior to that, and I will ask for approval of release of $7,000 for that.
Monica Simpson: We’re paying for the events? Council’s paying for Blackthorn?
Pete Alyanakian: It was the thought that we would have events …
Monica Simpson: I know … the thought was that we would host events, but I was not under the impression that we were paying for the events.
Pete Alyanakian: Well, when we asked for money, what did you think the money was for?
Eric Stein: What kind of music … is Blackthorn?
Jim Cunningham: Irish drinking music.
Ms. Roe then went on to outline additional costs to the event such as an opening band or advertising costs. She did say she was trying to get sponsorship for the event, and that the event was intended to raise money for non-profits in Media. Later, Monica Simpson outlined her perception:
Pete Alyanakian: You don’t think that council, anticipated, you know, having four nights at the theatre without a cost associated with it?
Monica Simpson: My understanding was that … from your meeting notes, whatever, that you were going to offer the space rental-free to the non-profits to put their own thing on, to generate their own money, not that we would bear the cost of the events ourselves. So, does this negate what we already donate to the non-profits? Or is this in addition to what we donate to them every year?
Further discussion surrounded Pete Alyanakian‘s scheme to raise money for non-profits by having them sell tickets for the event, and they would keep 50% of their ticket sales. Peter Williamson then asked if the $7,000 would be returned to the borough after the event. Pete Alyanakian stated that it would not, it was an economic development expense to generate interest in the Media Theatre for alternate events.
Monika Rehoric: “There is no cost for renting the theatre.There will be costs associated with putting the events on.”
Monica Simpson: “This was not clear at all.”
Dawn Roe summed it up:
Monica Simpson then stated that she wished the events would be revenue-neutral.
So, if the funds are approved, the total cost for putting on the four nights of events will by $19,000. ($12,000 to rent the four nights, $7,000 to pay for the band and “other” costs.)
According to statements made by Dawn Roe during the meeting, it is likely that all nights will not be used (Tuesday night – election day, currently), at a loss of $3,000 per night to the borough.