Could we see a knock down, drag out brawl like NASCAR witnessed this weekend? Could we see a public flogging of conservative commissioners? Tune in to the 5 p.m. “Special City Commission Meeting/Work Session” this afternoon!!!!
The conservative commissioners will shut down funding of the “liberal bastion of political policies” when the eliminate City support of UFM. That will be the only item on the Special Commission Meeting agenda and could well initiate some public discourse.
In the Work Session, they will eliminate the Municipal Band Advisory Board. In order to appease the conservative constituency, a couple of the commissioners tried to eliminate the Municipal Band during budget discussions. Meeting resistence, they simply moved the Band from a free-standing entitiy to the Parks & Rec Department. Now, the Director of Parks & Rec needs to find funding for the Band from his already stretched budget.
Since 1919… Yes, for almost 100 years, Manhattan has had a Municipal Band Advisory Board. Now, since the Band has been moved to P&R, the Board will be eliminated. Without the support of its own Board, that will probably mean the demise of the Band.
MP-3 players and the latest “i-gadgets” have really diminished the need for a band. With MTV, etc. do we really need to go to the Park and watch locals play 1940s tunes? It’s difficult to fit a trombone player and a tuba player in the backseat of the cars that drive by our home with their boom boxes vibrating our windows. So, do we even need the Band?
It’s just difficult to see history disppear. But, if nothing else, some good discussion might be available for viewing as the Commission waddles its way through a couple of this afternoon’s agenda items.