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Council says music’s not over for Glenwood’s Summer of Jazz

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – City Council offered Summer of Jazz organizers Bob and Mary Noone a lifeline at Thursday’s meeting to keep the community event afloat, at least through this year.

The lifeline came in the form of a $15,000 promise in funds from the 2010 Discretionary Grant Fund, to cover the event’s remaining 2009 debt.

Summer of Jazz, in its 24th year, was $19,000 short of covering production expenses for this year’s series. The Noones asked council for the remaining funds in the Discretionary and Tourism grant funds, which was approximately $19,000, at its Sept. 3 meeting to cover the deficit.

However, the Financial Advisory Board recommended that council deny the request because it felt that other organizations may need the remaining funds. Summer of Jazz already received $20,000 ($12,000 from the Tourism Grant Fund and $8,000 from the Discretionary Grant Fund) from City Council earlier this year.

“The feeling was that while there are funds left in the discretionary funds and the tourism funds, it was decided that we would look to see how those funds could be best used for the community in the late fall,” said councilor Matt Steckler.

Bob Noone told council, “I think the community has a moral obligation to make up this shortfall. We have all benefited. Even those who have not gone to the park on Wednesday night.”

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Thursday, council unanimously awarded Summer of Jazz the remaining $4,700 or so in the Tourism Grant Fund to help pay down the deficit, leaving the organization still needing more than $14,000.

“$19,000 is what we need in the form of economic stimulus tonight,” said Bob Noone. “To ensure that those people, those neighbors of ours, are made whole for all they have done to make this community the place it is this summer.”

Noone used a metaphor of the “community” eating at a feast and filling their bellies with “culture and pleasantries” of living in this town, and said that it was the community that had left the table without paying the bill.

“It’s time for the community to pay the tab,” Noone said. But he added that the community has shown support for the event, and that the deficit is a sign of the poor economy.

City Manager Jeff Hecksel advised council that in order to award Summer of Jazz the remaining funds, they would have to submit a supplemental appropriation in Acquisition and Improvement Funds for the $15,000. Then, next year’s appropriation to the Discretionary Grant Fund would be reduced by that amount of money, Hecksel said.

However, council will have to wait until a 2010 supplemental budget is in place before they officially award the fund, according to Hecksel.

It was accepted by council with the understanding that Summer of Jazz will not receive any funding from the city for 2010.