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September 2, 2009 > Public Arts Committee report

Public Arts Committee report

Renee Lorentzen, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator, told the committee that due to the state taking money from the City, there have been several suggestions from the City finance department as how to make up a $1.7 million shortfall.

One of the suggestions was to take $700,000 from the public art fund, and the rest from a different fund. This did not pass.

Money will be taken from the transient occupancy tax (TOT), which does not affect the public art fund.

Lorentzen told the committee that they only receive money from the TOT one year, was $125,000, "so that remains in your budget."

Alliance for the Arts representative Larry Voellger asked that if the library is built, they are continuing to collect money from transient occupancy, so is the money to go to something arts related?

Lorentzen answered that there is another fund that has money related to arts in it, and can research what the plans are for that money, if they have anything earmarked. It's not for the public art fund, and not being spent on the "arts grant because we got a lower budget this year."

Voellger said "it's very possible that it is facilities related. So it could be something that, moving forward, the arts commission could work on."

Lorentzen said that there are two different areas that the money is earmarked for, one of which is arts and performances. She will find out and report back to the committee at the next meeting.

Committee member Foulk requested an update on the current financial balance including financial projections about current and coming projects.

Lorentzen anticipates that there will be few projects because the state is taking money from redevelopment funds. There will be some money coming in from the senior center and the library. Lorentzen will get information about the current balance, but information about future projects may take a little while because the City needs to figure out what projects have priority.

Pinewood Park Art in Your Park

The Pinewood Park Art in Your Project Contract between the City and artist Bill Gould needs to be amended.

Lorentzen explained that there have been many meetings with the artists and engineering at the location of the artwork "Green Tree."

Gould sent a letter. The location that the artist likes, the park staff is okay with, the Alliance for the Arts is okay with, but it is very close to a PG&E underground utility.

So City Staff has been working with PG&E to determine an acceptable distance away from the line.

To make sure that this project is acceptable will incur additional costs. Currently, the artist's contract is for $10,000. Lorentzen asked the PAC to amend the contract to allow for the extra work by PG&E to identify the perimeter of the underground utility, paying the artist to contract out PG&E.

Lorentzen chose to amend the contract because she felt that the additional costs should not come out of the artist's contract, as an unforeseen expense. There is money in the PAC account to absorb the amendment, no more than $2200.

The utility line goes right through the middle of the park, so there is no easy way around it.

Staff was also considering that Pinewood Park is up for construction and complete redeveloping in the next 3 - 4 years. The entire park is part of a parks master plan where all of the parks will be renovated and updated.

The locations that staff had considered, would require that the Green Tree be installed, then removed, and re-installed after renovation. This way, the tree would get to stay in one place.

Lorentzen needs to amend the contract. The building site plans have been approved. Once the contract and dollar amount have been approved the project can move forward.

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