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Public art policy would require review of art by committee, city council

PRESCOTT - A Prescott City Council-appointed committee could soon be reviewing proposals for community public art in the community.

At its regular meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, the City Council will consider a policy for the acceptance of public art.

The policy, which was drafted by an ad hoc committee, states that its purpose is "to govern the process for acceptance of works of art by the Art in Public Places Committee for recommendation to the City Council for inclusion in the city's public art collection."

If the council approves the resolution adopting the policy this week, City Manager Craig McConnell said the size and make-up for the committee would go back to the council for consideration at a future meeting.

The seven-page draft policy includes a "general standards" section, which sets fundamental criteria that would be universally applied to any work of art.

Among the criteria: artistic merit; physical condition of the artwork; history and provenance of the artwork; compatibility with the city's public art program and collection; availability of an appropriate location for siting on city property; requirements for installation, storage, and maintenance; and liability consideration and issue of public safety.

The policy also includes a section on acceptance of the artwork. The proposed process involves review by the committee, a recommendation to the City Council, review by the council, and ultimately, a council vote to either accept or decline the artwork for the city.

In other action, the council will:

• Consider spending $19,808 on 18 removable bollards and traffic-rated sleeves for South Montezuma Street (Whiskey Row).

A city memo explains that the bollards (posts) would be installed at both ends of Whiskey Row to provide a physical barrier to protect pedestrians from vehicles during special events.

The flush-mounted sleeves would be placed in the street (embedded in concrete foundations about four to five feet apart) north of the Gurley crosswalk and south of the Goodwin street crosswalk. The bollards could then be installed in the sleeves before events for which the streets are closed to vehicular traffic.

• Consider paying $14,773 to the Goering, Roberts, Rubin, Brogna, Enos & Treadwell-Rubin law firm to cover outside legal counsel for the recent hearings on survivor retirement benefits for the families of fallen Hotshots Andrew Ashcraft, Sean Misner and William Warneke.

• Conduct a 9 a.m. workshop for review of the draft Prescott General Plan. The workshop will be the first of four similar meetings scheduled for February, March, and April.

• Consider the coming 2015-16 fiscal-year budget and subsequent budgets during a standing item at the end of the agenda. The item will include council discussion, direction, and possible action.

The meetings will take place at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

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