SOUTHINGTON – The Town Council re-appointed Apple Harvest Festival sponsorship coordinator Melissa Cocuzza on Monday night.
Town Council Chairman Chris Palmieri, who also heads the Apple Harvest Festival committee, said it was a very successful 50th anniversary festival as well as a financially profitable. Palmieri said bills are still coming in, but he expects the fall festival will be in the black in the $16,000 range.
“That’s pretty good news,” he said.
He and other councilors praised Cocuzza, who was hired last year as sponsorship coordinator and festival coordinator.
“I think she did an outstanding job in both roles,” said Palmieri, a Democrat.
The festival coordinator contract was being substantially reworked and that position will be filled by the council at a future meeting. On Monday, the council unanimously approved Cocuzza for the sponsorship coordinator position.
The only change was the removal of a threshold of sponsorships that Cocuzza must reach before she gets her maximum commission. Palmieri said she’d always met or exceeded the threshold and removing it allows her to get moving on attracting sponsors earlier.
Other councilors supported the change.
“You feel she has a proven track record in bringing in that top level of giving anyway,” said Victoria Triano, a Republican and minority leader.
Cocuzza took over as festival coordinator from Jim Champagne, who held the position for a decade.