Thursday, August 6, 2009
Main Street short on funds
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Main Street Association’s executive board has laid off executive director Cynthia Brewer as of July 15, due to lack of funding, she said.
Brewer said she was told by board chairman David Beckley that the association had insufficient operating funds and she was also told the association will not pay a full-time director until it has eight months’ operating funds in the bank.
“I am saddened to leave Holly Springs,” she said, “but even more so, saddened that I will not be a part of Main Street.”
Beckley, president of Rust College, said Rust funded the Holly Springs Main Street program to pay the dues to the Main Street Association.
“Plus the city gave us some start-up money, but it ran out, and no fund-raising has taken place,” he said. “One of the main duties of the director is to raise money.”
Beckley said Main Street is reorganized and committees are working. He said Clencie Cotton, a member of the Rust College staff, is leading the Main Street efforts.
Beckley said some donations have already been made and some are promised. All donations are welcome.
Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry echoed Beckley’s sentiments – saying Main Street will still operate by committees while it seeks to find funds through membership enrollments.
He said the city of Holly Springs had provided seed money along with Rust College but that the city could not fund the program.
Some suggestions for creating a budget for Main Street include joint memberships and sharing of dues between the association and the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, he said.
“Her (Brewer’s) salary was paid out of mostly city seed money,” he said.
But four committees are still meeting for creating long-range strategy for the association, DeBerry said.
He said the association is looking to the executive committee to create a funding stream; that the committees and the community do not understand the operational concept of Main Street, yet.
“It is still in the infant stage and money is tight right now,” he said. “Just because the executive director position is dormant right now does not mean nothing is going on. It’s a temporary scaling back due to lack of cash flow. I would hope the business community would realize we need their help and buy in. This program has national implications and benefits.”
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