Council denies funding to local band

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 05:03 PM

Trinity City Council has cut off funding for a local musical group that performed in the surrounding area.
At its pre-agenda meeting, council members voted, 4-1, to not include and deny a $1,000 funding request from the Piedmont Triad Wind Ensemble on tonight’s agenda. The motion was made by Councilwoman Debbie Frazier, seconded by Councilman Chester Ayers and opposed by Councilman Tommy Johnson.
“This money is coming out of our taxpayers’ pockets and I think it will be well spent somewhere else,” Frazier said.
The group often performs at local community events including the city’s Fourth of July celebration and is funded by both Archdale and Trinity. The group wanted to use the funds to purchase sheet music and additional instruments. Currently the group borrows instruments from the Archdale-Trinity Middle School which often causes a scheduling conflict, according to the grant application.
“We have supported them before and it is a good organization. They usually play at our car show and chili cook-off,” Johnson said.
Councilwoman Karen Bridges agrees with Frazier.
“We have given them a lot of money over the years. I don’t think we need to continue doing it,” Bridges said.
Chairman of the band, Gary Benfield said that while the loss will hurt, the band will continue.
“We are still going to carry on and we are looking at different avenues so that we can,” Benfield said. “Right now times are tough for everyone and we understand the cutbacks. We are just hoping that next year the budget will work out with them.”
Council will also consider giving a donation in the amount of $50 to the Student L.I.F.T. Program.
Deputy Eric Wilson, from the Randolph County Sheriff Department, will be speaking to the council in the hopes that they can sponsor him in the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Bowl-A-Thon. The proceeds will help fund the program designed to give Randolph County students an opportunity to learn more about the county and enhance leadership skills.
Both Amanda Clark, from Trinity High, and Alison Couse, from Wheatmore High, will attend the program from the area.
The meeting will be held tonight at the City Hall Annex, at 6701 N.C. 62, beginning at 7 p.m.
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