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Danbury, WCSU stalemate resolved keeping Ives Center open

A stalemate between Danbury and Western Connecticut State University has been resolved.  $55,404 for the Charles Ives Authority to be paid out on a quarterly basis is being transferred from Danbury's Contingency Fund.  The money wasn't included in the budget approved recently because an agreement to have the Ives Center operate this summer had yet to be reached. 


The Center is located on the west side campus of Western Connecticut State University. 


Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says six months of negotiations with Western was needed to extend the five year agreement.  That wasn't completed until early May, and there was a possibility the Ives Center would go dark for this season.  But Boughton says in the end, Western agreed that this is a positive "Town-Gown" relationship.


The roof of the stage was rebuilt last year, the stage itself was previously rebuilt.


Boughton plans to meet with new WCSU president in the coming weeks, and this stalemate is one of the items he plans to bring up.


Western provides ground maintenance, and the city hires university police officers for crowd control.  Western was under pressure of state funding cuts, and Boughton says the University wanted to find another way to derive revenue from the facility.  A parking fee will be tacked on to each ticket sold.  That money will go toward maintenance: the grass cutting, weeding, gardening and other related work.


Boughton called the Ives Center is a "revenue neutral operation", with enough money to pay for maintenance and security.

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