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Arts Commission Minutes - March 18, 2009

ARTS COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 18, 2009 AT 7:00 P.M.
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
734 THIRD STREET
BRENTWOOD, CA 94513

 

CALL TO ORDER: Chairperson Wanda Groseclose called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

ROLL CALL: Commissioners Present: Wanda Groseclose, Greg Ruiz, Juan Castillo, Donna Spencer and Barbie Koncher
Staff Present: Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager; and Linda Stadlbauer, Administrative Assistant II.

PRESENTATION(S): Sue Cordero, a local artist, presented a PowerPoint presentation with examples of her work. She has been in the Brentwood area for 8 years, and specializes in animal portraits using watercolors and pen. Poldina Scherff then gave a PowerPoint presentation and a handout showing all the public art in Brentwood.

CITIZEN COMMENTS: None

AGENDA REVIEW
Motion: Motion to accept Agenda
Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Wanda Groseclose
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

CONSENT CALENDAR:
1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of February 18, 2009.

Motion: Motion to approve the minutes of February 19, 2009
Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Wanda Groseclose
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

Motion: Motion to approve the minutes of November 19, 2008
Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Barbie Koncher
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

SCHEDULED MATTERS:
2. ACTION ITEM: Accept the resignation of Greg Ruiz as Vice Chair and select a new Vice Chair. (P. Scherff)
Mr. Ruiz resigned as Vice Chair and nominated Juan Castillo, who accepted the nomination.

Motion: Motion to approve the nomination
Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Barbie Koncher
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

 

3. ACTION ITEM: Final conceptual ideas for the art element for the poetry contest by Eric Powell at Veterans Park. (E. Powell/P. Scherff)
Poldina Scherff presented the staff report on behalf of Eric Powell. Mr. Powell proposes to have the artwork be composed of stainless steel, one of the most durable mediums, and would have a patina finish. The supporting poles would be covered in a sleeve and the artwork would be in color. Discussion included concerns that the animals, if free-standing, would be vulnerable to vandalism, and that having them in a reclining or sitting position would be a more desirable configuration. If approved by the Arts Commission today, the conceptual ideas would move to City Council on April 14, 2009, and the Commission would still have the option to make modifications to the design and amend the CIP sheet to cover the additional costs.

Motion: Motion to approve Item #3 and recommend to City Council for approval
Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Barbie Koncher
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

4. ACTION ITEM: Approve and recommend to City Council revised Chapter 2.44 ARTS
Ordinance. (P. Scherff)
Poldina Scherff presented the revised Arts Ordinance and advised the Commission that there were a few minor revisions as requested by the City Attorney.

Motion: Motion to approve Item #4 and recommend to City Council for approval

Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Barbie Koncher
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

5. ACTION ITEM: Approve and recommend to City Council revised Public Art Guidelines.
(P. Scherff)
Poldina Scherff presented the revised Public Art Guidelines and advised the Commission that there were a few minor revisions as requested by the City Attorney.

Motion: Motion to approve Item #5 and recommend to City Council for approval
Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Wanda Groseclose
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

6. ACTION ITEM: Approve and recommend to City Council the Brentwood Arts Society Memorandum of Understanding for 2009. (P. Scherff)
Poldina Scherff presented the staff report with the current information for 2008, and the Arts Society’s request for funds for 2009. Discussion included questions about the uses of the funds, whether the Society has applied for grants, in addition to the Program Fund 270, and whether it is advisable to just give the Society the entire $57K. The Commission concluded that they would like to see a clear accounting of the use of the funds before they make any decisions. Item was tabled for the April 15, 2009 Meeting.

Motion: Motion to table Item #6 for April 15, 2009 meeting.
Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Barbie Koncher
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

 

7. ACTION ITEM: Approve Option #1 from Bill Carmel’s proposal and recommend to City Council the replacement of the two stolen critters (Mallard and Kit Fox) and amend the CIP project to cover the additional cost. (P. Scherff)

Motion: Motion to approve Item #7 and recommend to City Council for approval
Moved by: Greg Ruiz, seconded by: Barbie Koncher
Vote: Motion carried 5-0
Yes: Ruiz, Groseclose, Castillo, Koncher, Spencer

OLD BUSINESS: None

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS: Commissioners concurred that they would like to continue to invite new artists to the future Arts Commission meetings. Some suggestions were Jenny Florivita, Jason Mohen, and to also speak to Ron Beatty who has a contact with “tagger” art show. All Commissioners agreed that the meeting, under the new Chair, went very well.

STAFF COMMENTS: None

REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Tabled Item #6
Art element for library
Barbie Koncher will be out of town for the April 15th meeting.

ADJOURNMENT
Chairperson Groseclose adjourned meeting at 8:26 p.m.

City of Brentwood Arts Commission
35 Oak Street,
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5444
Fax (925) 516-5445
E-mail artscommission@brentwoodca.gov