Suzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nThey say things are always darkest before the dawn, and while things are looking dark to Durbin Town Council, the members and community leaders are looking forward to the dawn.\r\n\r\nAt the town council meeting March 10, councilmembers were informed the town finances are in bad shape, but with the help of Rick Barkley, new treasurer Donald Peck is making adjustments and fixing the errors made by the former treasurer.\r\n\r\nBarkley gave council-members a new report of the most recent general fund activity and explained that the sewer fund is still \u201cunder construction.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cThese are pretty well correct,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ve still got a lot of editing to do. On the sewer side, I didn\u2019t even print it out. It is a mess, yet. It\u2019s probably twenty pages long. As far as money missing or anything like that\u00a0\u2013 best I could see \u2013\u00a0no money was taken out of those accounts inappropriately. There was no embezzlement. There was just money that was spent that shouldn\u2019t have been spent, probably.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhen council moved on to discuss damage caused by the recent storm, the financial situation came into play. The Bingo pavilion suffered the most damage, leading council to determine if it should pay for repairs or if the Durbin Library should.\r\n\r\nProceeds from Bingo during the week of Durbin Days Heritage Festival go to the library building fund and is used by the library more than the town, councilmember Mike Vance said.\r\n\r\nLibrary representative Judy Fuller told council she looked into repairing the pavilion but needed to know what council was planning to do. She asked council if the library could borrow the large canopy owned by council to replace the pavilion.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re just looking for something temporary right now and the suggestion was that we either buy the new supports and use the metal that\u2019s still over there, or we just use the tent,\u201d Fuller said.\r\n\r\nThe canopy is used to provide shelter over picnic tables used during the festival.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe tent was bought for the field to keep people in the field,\u201d Vance said. \u201cI\u2019m not saying nothing against the Bingo, but we\u2019ve got to keep the crowd in the field. If we don\u2019t, we\u2019re not going to make any money.\u201d\r\n\r\nNewly appointed councilmember Mark Smith referred to the financial situation and said it is important for the town to pinch pennies.\r\n\r\n\u201cDurbin Town Council is presiding over a business that is in the red and we\u2019re going to take this money and give it to the library?\u201d he asked. \u201cWhy should we as [council] invest more money to give money away?\u201d\r\n\r\nMayor Danielle Findley said the pavilion is used by the town during Durbin Days and the town should help by lending out the canopy.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat\u2019s why we were trying to not have an expense for a permanent structure, which makes sense to me,\u201d she said.\r\n\r\nCouncil closed the discussion and tabled the pavilion situation until the town\u2019s finances are healthier.\r\n\r\nOn the sunnier side of things, Fuller gave a report from the Durbin Days Heritage Festival Committee, saying the organization is adding some new and bringing back some old events to make the week a bigger celebration.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re trying to help everything improve the ways they make money in everything that is going on in Durbin Days,\u201d she said. \r\n\r\n\u201cJerry [Nelson] is working on the pig race and mutton busting for Wednesday evening, and sheep dressing. We\u2019re working extensively with the carnival. Shelia [Varner] is working on a craft show over in Station 2 parking lot Friday and Saturday.\u201d\r\n\r\nFuller said Cynthia Gurerri and the Pocahontas County Arts Council plan to have artwork on display and for sale at the art center in town.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re also working on a bow shoot,\u201d Fuller continued. \u201cThe 5K run is getting started again. We\u2019ll continue to do all the things that are on the schedule of events from last year. We talked about the music and getting all that lined up. We\u2019re talking about adding log loading Saturday morning and the other big thing is the car show. We have Dave Rexrode and Jimmy Findley working very hard on that.\u201d\r\n\r\nFuller added that the committee suggested council hire Donald Peck as festival coordinator. Peck has coordinator DDHF for several years and said at the last council meeting he would do the job for $500.\r\n\r\nBefore council was able to vote on the coordinator position, Peck interrupted and said he would not be coordinator.\r\n\r\n\u201cJust letting you know right now, I will not do it this year,\u201d he said. \u201cYou\u2019ll have to find you a coordinator. I ain\u2019t getting into it. I ain\u2019t going to do it.\u201d\r\n\r\nFuller apologized to Peck, telling him if she said anything to upset him, she was sorry.\r\n\r\nAfter some prodding, Peck said, \u201cI\u2019ve did it for years and years. I was over in that field setting it up and people over here on the street were hollering at me, \u2018get the job done\u2019 \u2013 wasn\u2019t a soul came over to help me. Somebody has got to step in there and learn all this. They\u2019ve got to know.\u201d\r\n\r\nFuller and Findley said they would take the issue back to the committee and see if anyone is interested in being coordinator.\r\n\r\nDurbin Town Council meets the second Tuesday each month at 7 p.m. at the town hall.