By Rusty Bradshaw
An addition to the Sun Bowl amphitheater sound system will be considered for a final vote by the Recreation Centers of Sun City Board of Directors, but some question the need for the expense.
The board is scheduled to hear a third reading of the proposal at its next meeting, 9 a.m. Monday, May 13 in the auditorium at the Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave. Under the RCSC’s new open meeting format, a final vote on the issues will be taken following the third reading.
Theresa Cirino, RCSC Member Services director, proposed spending about $43,000 for additional sound equipment for the Sun Bowl, 10220 N. 107th Ave., to supplement the existing system. She explained the existing system prjects sound fine to the concrete dance area in front of the outdoor theater, but does not project it well to the back of the seating area. The additional equipment will remedy the problem, she said.
Her proposal was to purchase used equipment, but board member Sue Wilson asked if it would be better to get a new rather than used system. Ms. Cirino said bids included new and used equipment. She also said the equipment would be purchased with funds received in excess of the projected budget from show ticket sales.
“Why not put that positive variance into a ticket sales system since that is where the variance came from?” asked board member Stella Van Ness. “We’ve had a number of people call for a better ticket sales system.”
She also wondered whether the added sound system was really necessary.
“I live a half a mile from the Sun Bowl and with the windows and doors shut, I can hear concerts clearly,” she said. “And I know some people on Montana Avenue in Youngtown sit out at their homes during concerts and enjoy the music.”
Ms. Cirino said what Ms. Van Ness hears from her home is sound carried through the air.
“When you’re at the Sun Bowl, the sound is distorted,” she explained.
Ms. Wilson agreed, saying she understood the need for a new system.