March 3, 2010
After much deliberation with my staff, including the Director of Finance, Chief of Police and other key personnel, we have made the difficult decision that we must cancel Trumbull Day for this year, 2010. This decision was not easy and was not made lightly.
Between 2007 and 2009, the Town of Trumbull has expended $65,000.00 in out of pocket costs by way of our town’s General Fund to keep Trumbull Day afloat and operating. Over the last three years revenues generated by Trumbull Day have not been sufficient to sustain expenses associated with this event. We have also seen a steady decline in attendance and participation and the Town needs a reprieve from this event to reverse this trend line. I should note that the sustainability of Trumbull Day has been a point of concern for not only this administration but the previous administration which also considered the suspension of Trumbull Day for this same reason.
Based upon the current economic conditions afflicting our town and with the continued out of pocket costs that have been absorbed by our community, the administration has come to the determination that it would be in the town’s financial best interest to cancel Trumbull Day for 2010. That being said, Trumbull Day will be suspended for this year until such time that the Trumbull Day Commission thoroughly assesses and reviews all current problems with this event. I will be asking the Trumbull Day Commission to conduct a full audit of the current procedures regarding Trumbull Day and to provide a written report by November 2010 as to what measures will be taken to improve and enhance this event. As appointments come due on the commission, I will be appointing members who are not only acutely sensitive to the town’s financial condition but who will make sure that future Trumbull Day events are successful and financially self sustaining.
At this point, the Town of Trumbull and its Recreation Department are focused on the annual Summer Concert at Indian Ledge Park. We believe in light of the current financial conditions affecting our Town, it is important for the Town to focus its energies and resources on one event, rather than two, to ensure that the summer concert is a tremendous success that serves as a focal point for our community to rally around this summer.
I am also pleased to announce that to assist us in getting through this difficult period, until such time as we revisit Trumbull Day in 2011, the Westfield Trumbull Mall has agreed to sponsor their own event and fireworks show at their facility. The decision to do so was to provide Trumbullites with an alternate venue to enjoy a fireworks show that the Town has been accustomed to since the inception of Trumbull Day.
We look forward to bringing the community together to enjoy the events of the summer.