TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

Local News

March 6, 2013

City, Arena, respond to NIBROC letter

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble

Staff writer

The City of Corbin and The Arena have taken issue to a letter to the editor that was written and signed last month by the board of directors of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Both say some information about moving the NIBROC Festival along Depot Street this year, and about the price of renting The Arena for NIBROC entertainment, were misquoted in the letter.

The letter dealt with changes to the NIBROC Festival this August, and appeared in the Times-Tribune Wednesday, Feb. 27. It was emailed by Tamara K. Malloy, the Chamber’s Executive Assistant.

According to the letter, it said the city had “voted against using Main Street for NIBROC, and would move the entire festival to Depot Street.” It mentioned the use of the parking lot between Gordon and Monroe Streets, behind the Elks Lodge, would also be restricted due to the city’s plans to renovate the lot which would prohibit carnival rides.

“While it can be used for vendors, volleyball or possibly entertainment, we as a board, are concerned that putting entertainment here will drastically reduce the already limited number of vendors, both commercial and local. The carnival would locate at the corners of 1st Street and Depot Street and continue down Depot Street from 1st to 4th Streets. It would include all parking lots and possibly extend to 7th Street,” the letter stated.

During their meeting on Feb. 11, the Corbin City Commission voted to approve leaving Main Street open for traffic during NIBROC, which is held the second weekend in August.

Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney noted Monday the city was not using Main Street so they could get the street repaved by the state highway department. Both Main Street and Kentucky Avenue are set to have repaving done this spring — the remaining work that began last fall.

“They can put it on Depot, from Gordon Street to 7th Street. And that was the original area where it (NIBROC) was set up. We just suggested that. We have always worked with NIBROC, ever since the first one. The city has always used our labor to clean up the area. It’s our people that clean up the site, clean up the storm drains, and who patrol the area all night. It’s all our people that does all that. We’ve never begrudged doing that. But this time, there’s a lot of merchants who have been upset about disrupting Main Street,” McBurney said.

The letter to the editor also mentioned the Chamber had considered several options, including moving the NIBROC entertainment to The Arena.

“While it sounds like an easy answer, this option has been explored throughly but, unfortunately, it is not a practical solution for many reasons. The City offered the Arena with use of a stage, at a reduced nonprofit fee. Using The Arena would also incur labor, parking and facility fees and insurance expenses totally over $11,000. This fee does not include sound production and lighting requirements. The insurance required for The Arena would be in addition to the insurance required for downtown events. These expenses make using The Arena cost prohibitive at this time,” the letter noted.

McBurney pointed out, “What was quoted to the Chamber from the Director of The Arena and what was put in the letter to the editor was different. Some of those prices were misquoted.”

What the letter to the editor did not list was the insurance the Chamber said was “required for The Arena.”

The full letter was sent on Feb. 26 and posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page. The section on insurance listed Workers’ Compensation, Commercial General Liability, Commercial Automobile Liability, Employers Liability and Umbrella or Excess Liability as some of the policies the “Licensee at its own costs and expense shall provide and keep in full force and effect during the Event.”

“That is what we provided. And the letter on the Facebook page lists what we provide,” said The Arena’s Director Connie Hunt.

Hunt added she was contacted about the offer of using the facility in February, around the time country singer Brantley Gilbert performed at the venue.

“I was contacted by Bruce Carpenter (Executive Director of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, who has also worked on getting musical entertainment for NIBROC for 29 years), and asked to submit a proposal for what the cost would be to use The Arena for NIBROC. He said they were looking at options. We discussed this with the Mayor. The proposal that I sent to him (Carpenter) on behalf of the Chamber had a rental for two nights, and included the staffing costs, and we would supply the stage here. … It included ushers, ticket tearers and cleanup. You have to have staff here for that. It was less than half of what was quoted in the letter. It was not $11,000,” Hunt said in an interview Tuesday.

She added The Arena felt like they wanted to work together with the Chamber to make things possible, if they chose to use The Arena’s location.

“After that proposal was sent with the figures listed, I did not hear anything back. I don’t know what other costs that’s making up the $11,000 they quoted. It may be something I’m not privy to.”

McBurney noted the letter to the editor, or the letter on the Chamber’s Facebook site, was not signed by individuals.

“I can’t understand that. They (the Chamber) didn’t sign it. The Chamber should be working side-by-side with the city and the merchants. We were just trying to help them. … We suggested it might be feasible if they have a concert at The Arena. It’s just a suggestion, they don’t have to bash us.”

Carpenter was contacted by phone Tuesday and said he would email with a reply. In his email reply in the afternoon, he said the Times-Tribune would need to contact the Chamber’s President, Josh Curry.

“I didn’t write the letter and I didn’t approve the letter. Yes, it was labeled ‘The Board of Directors.’ I saw the first draft, but it didn’t have any numbers. I did not write the second draft. I couldn’t tell you the specifics. I have no comment,” Curry said in a phone interview Tuesday evening.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 18 arrested in drug roundup

    An 11-month long investigation into illegal drug activity resulted in 18 arrests Tuesday, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    July 30, 2014

  • Suspect wanted for assault

    Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies continue their search for a suspect wanted for first-degree assault after he allegedly intentionally struck a woman with his vehicle while she was walking Tuesday — and then simply drove away.

    July 30, 2014

  • Laurel service station robbed

    A Laurel County service station was robbed Tuesday and a station employee is the suspected robber, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 30, 2014

  • Arrest warrant issued for 1 of 2 charged in I-75 multi-vehicle crashes

    An arrest warrant has been issued for one of two defendants charged in several 2012 multi-vehicle crashes on I-75, which caused multiple injuries.

    July 30, 2014

  • Corbin Board of Education approves improvement plan for St. Camillus site

    A big step was taken Tuesday by the Corbin Board of Education, in purchasing property and making improvements to the former Saint Camillus Academy site.

    July 30, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 30, 2014

    18 arrested in drug roundup

    Suspect wanted for assault

    Laurel service station robbed

    Arrest warrant issued for 1 of 2 charged in I-75 multi-vehicle crashes

    Corbin Board of Education approves improvement plan for St. Camillus site
     

    July 30, 2014

  • I-75 lane closures Wednesday

    A reminder if you’ll be traveling on I-75 in Laurel County Wednesday — the state Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) plans to restrict northbound and southbound traffic to one lane just north of exit 29.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0729 John Waite for web.jpg John Waite to perform at NIBROC

    Grammy nominated singer John Waite has joined the 2014 NIBROC musical lineup.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 gray crash for web.jpg U.S. 25E intersection site of Monday crash

    A woman was transported to Baptist Health Corbin Monday following a crash at the U.S. 25E and KY-233 intersection, according to Kentucky State Police Post 10 Public Information Officer Shane Jacobs.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Laurel School nurses to stay

    The Laurel County School System will keep its school nurses for the 2014-2015 school year.

    July 29, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter