By DONNA RYDER
Imagine if you could get tickets to nine concerts for about $10.50 per concert for your entire immediate family. Imagine no more and pick up the phone to reserve your membership to Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County.
Association president Mike Cox and vice president Chuck Doss appeared before the Union City Council Tuesday night to ask for help filling the seats at the Union City Civic Auditorium.
Cox said the association is more than 25 years old and has the mission to introduce the community to a variety of music.
Doss reviewed the concerts slated for the 2011-12 season. They include “The Fair Show — Season 2” on Aug. 27, Chanticleer on Oct. 29, Restless Heart on Nov. 19, Carpe Diem string quartet on March 31 and Billy Dean on April 28. Each program starts at 7:30 p.m.
Community Concert members also receive reciprocal performance entry to Dyersburg Live on Stage, formerly Dyersburg Community Concert Association. Performers scheduled for the 2011-12 concert season include gospel singer Guy Penrod on Oct. 8, the Todd Hill Orchestra on Nov. 5, Kurt Stephenson and the Steve Patterson Quartet on Feb. 18, 2012, and The American Tenors on April 21, 2012.
Community Concert memberships are currently available for sale. Family memberships are $95, while an adult membership is $45, a senior membership is $40 and a student membership is $25. To reserve tickets, contact Cox at 536-4569 or Doss at 886-1155 or visit www.communityconcertuc.org.
Doss said “The Fair Show” was the best attended last year, as it features local youth in an expanded program from their show at the Obion County Fair.
“It’s good quality entertainment at affordable prices,” Doss said, adding the association would greatly appreciate any support.
Cox informed the council members they appeared before them not asking for money, but for help filling the seats at the Civic Auditorium.
He said the association’s budget is usually around $40,000, but if they could sell more memberships, they could get better quality performances.
Mayor Terry Hailey said the association is “a very valuable thing for the community.”
The council then discussed the Civic Auditorium and city manager Kathy Dillon gave a report on what has been happening there. She said although the sign was painted, it is still hard to see, so she has asked for bids for the installation of a larger sign. She said the Union City School System is in the process of painting the parking lot lines and she is getting bids to replace the lighting inside the auditorium. Last year, the city improved the sound system.
She said “the real big thing” which needs to be done is the installation of new carpet and the repair of the acoustic ceiling. Those projects will have to wait, though.
Councilman Billy Jack “B.J.” Cranford asked if the city was addressing the issue with the restrooms, as there are not enough for the ladies. He said it has been a problem since the auditorium was built. Ms. Dillon said it is not in the five-year plan for the building, but she could have someone look at it.
“It’s a nice auditorium. If it’s kept up, it’s something we can really be proud of,” Hailey said.
Ms. Dillon added there is no other such facility in the region.
After Tuesday evening’s meeting was opened in prayer by Police Chief Joe Garner, the council:
• Agreed to close Kiwanis Park and designated areas on Church, Perkins, Washington and Depot streets on Oct. 6 for Taste of Ken-Tenn — an event featuring food and wine vendors. Entry will be $25 and the proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee, Main Street-Union City and Masquerade Theatre. The council also gave permission for the restrooms at City Hall to be made available for the event.
• Voted to change the Union City High School football/basketball championship signs to reflect the 2009 football championship team. There is no cost to the city, which is only being requested to swap out the signs.
• Approved a two-year contract with Eaves Tree Service for tree trimming and stump grinding. Public Works director Steve Ladd said he does an excellent job.
• Awarded rock bids for No. 610/33C gravel and No. 57 rock to Ford Construction for $16.50 and $17.50 per ton, respectively; and 12-inch rip rap to Pavement Restoration Inc. for $22.95 per ton. Ladd also asked permission to try No. 57 crushed, washed chert gravel. It is $15.95 per ton, but he said he has been offered some for trial purposes.
• Awarded a bid of $38,028 to Universal Contractors for a 50-foot by 60-foot building with 26-gauge metal to be installed on the city impound lot. It will be paid with $37,540.89 from the “Driving on Revoked License (DUI Conviction)” account, which includes proceeds from the sale of confiscated vehicles. The remainder will be paid for with the Drug Fund, as the facility will also hold confiscated property involved in drug seizures.
• Agreed to accept demolition bids for 118 Greenwood.
• Congratulated Garner for being named president of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.
• Heard from Ladd that his department is working on mowing, trimming and weedeating.
• Heard from Ms. Dillon that she is still working on the budget. She still has not received numbers from the state.
Councilmen Judy Robinson and Dianne Eskew were absent.
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Published in The Messenger 8.3.11