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Dublin to hike pay for July 4 headliner

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Dublin is aiming for a more modern performer at the 2013 Independence Day concert.

While looking over department requests for the proposed 2013 budget last week, Dublin City Council members voted to increase the amount of money spent on the headliner at the Independence Day concert.

"We're getting old timers because we're not investing enough," Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said, adding that the city needs to invest more money in the event.

Michelle Crandall, director of administrative services, said the city could increase the amount of money to lure bigger acts to the event and utilize a talent buyer to help.

A talent buyer, she said, keeps in contact with entertainment agents and where acts are playing. A talent buyer might have an advantage over Dublin staff, who contact agents once or twice a year. The talent buyer charges 10 percent of what the entertainment is paid.

In 2012, Joe Walsh headlined the Independence Day concert and usually charges $120,000, Crandall said. The city was able to negotiate the price down to $100,000 because he was playing nearby.

Council member Cathy Boring recommended approving the use of a talent buyer and increase funds for an act to $150,000 for the Independence Day concert.

Council members approved the recommendation in a 6-0 vote. Councilman Michael Keenan did not attend the budget workshop.

Other new expenditures proposed for 2013 include three new positions in the police department.

Two new police officer positions and a part-time civilian accreditation manager are proposed in the budget.

The new positions will help Dublin Police take a more proactive approach to traffic complaints and crime with a Community Impact Unit, Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg told council. The unit would concentrate on traffic complaints from residents and crime, particularly thefts.

"There will an increase in the number of (traffic) citations," von Eckartsberg said, "but officers will primarily be responding to complaints of the public."

The new civilian accreditation manager proposed in the budget would handle accreditation responsibilities in the department and help free up police officers for more important jobs, von Eckartsberg said, noting that a savings of $2,400 is expected from salaries.

The police department also requested funding for an add-on service for the Code Red emergency calling system.

"There's a weather module we'd like to add," von Eckartsberg said.

The new service would include weather alerts from the National Weather Service to emergency alerts sent out to residents via phone and email, he added.

Dublin City Council members were set to meet Nov. 14 for the second 2013 budget workshop.

 

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