The Danbury City Council recently signed off on a schedule for commissions and authorities to expire. Unless renewed, they were given dates to sunset. Some were renewed only for a year, while others were renewed for up to 4 years.
Among those slated to terminate effective next June is the Charles Ives Authority for the Performing Arts, which runs Ives Concert Park. Councilman Ben Chianese asked what happens to the land and furniture if there's an authority not really acting as an authority anymore. Finance Director David St Hilaire says the City applied for a Shuttered Venue Grant for the facility. He says the mission is still viable, but it could be modified, noting that they're going through a transition.
St Hilaire says they're also taking an inventory of all of the assets to determine what should be done going forward. He notes that the industry changed and the Authority needed to change with it. The Authority did in the last couple of years, but then COVID hit and it was too little too late.
The City will work to determine if the Ives Authority will stay on the City's westside at the West Conn campus, or if they'll go somewhere else, with either a slightly modified mission or an expanded mission.