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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 2

Meeting Date: January 8, 2008

Subject/Title: Approve ten poetry contest winner poems to be engraved on bronze plaques and installed for Veterans Park Public Art CIP Project No. 352-52350 and amended the CIP Budget Sheet in the amount of $9,650 for the Veterans Park Public Art CIP Project No. 352-52350.

Prepared by: Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

RECOMMENDATION
Approve ten poetry contest winner poems to be engraved on bronze plaques and installed for Veterans Park Public Art CIP Project No. 352-52350 and amended the CIP Budget Sheet in the amount of $9,650 for the Veterans Park Public Art CIP Project No. 352-52350.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On September 9, 2003, City Council approved Section 2.44.180 Public Art, in principal and on September 23, 2003 approved the fee schedule committing one percent of the cost of capital investment projects to art and four tenths of one percent for housing development which became effective partially on January 1, 2004 and fully on July 1, 2004.

On July 26, 2005 City Council approved the “Critters” public art element within Veterans Park.

BACKGROUND
Veterans Park was designed and approved prior to adoption of the public art element. However, due to size and visibility of the park, staff has worked hard to incorporate a public art element into the final design.

Artist, Willard Carmel was recommended to the Arts Commission by the Arts Commission’s Curator, William Weber. The five “critters” were approved by the Arts Commission on August 25, 2004 and by the Public Art Subcommittee on May 26, 2005. The Public Art Sub-Committee consisted of Jim Bryant, Arts Commission Chair; Annette Beckstrand, City Councilmember and Arts Commission Liaison; and Paul Eldredge, City Manager Designee. The committee was facilitated by Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager.

The public art project includes five bronze life-size sculptures of regionally indigenous animals including: kit fox, raccoon, egret, mallard duck, and a coyote. The bronze sculptures have been placed in five of the seven circular planted areas within the meandering pathway atop large stones selected by the artist. Each animal (except for one bird) has “footprints” in the concrete leading up to the bronze animal as if the animal walked up to the its site. The one without footprints is said to have flown in. The footprints were placed in the concrete in July 2004.

The Poetry Contest project was a second component for Veterans Park. From August 20-September 21, 2007 middle and high school students competed in a themed poetry competition for each animal. On October 18, 2007 the five winners were announced during the Open Mic Poetry Reading program at Gabby’s Grind. After, it was discussed further and the City and the Literary Arts Committee took the opportunity to include all the submissions that were considered suitable for recognition. As we were very impressed with the quality of the submissions and the amount of poems of inspired future artists, the decision was made to increase the winners from five to ten. Each of the ten winning poems (one for each animal) will be cast in bronze and affixed to the rock of the appropriate animal. The Literary Arts Committee consisted of Ron Beatty, Leonard Roudman, Kati Short and Diane Lando.

FISCAL IMPACT
This project is budgeted at $11,300 which includes plaques, supplies and installation. The remaining funds of $1,650 for 07/08 will be added to the amended Veterans Park Public Art CIP Project, No. 352-52350 and amend the CIP Budget Sheet to add an additional $9,650 for the Veterans Park Public Art CIP Project, No. 352-52350. The funding source for the CIP project is the Public Art Programs fund.

Attachments:
Resolution
Amended CIP Sheet

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING TEN POETRY CONTEST WINNER POEMS ENGRAVED ON BRONZE PLAQUES AND INSTALLATION FOR VETERANS PARK PUBLIC ART CIP PROJECT NO. 352-52350 AND AMENDING THE CIP BUDGET SHEET IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,650 FOR THE VETERANS PARK PUBLIC ART CIP PROJECT NO. 352-52350

WHEREAS, On September 9, 2003, City Council approved Section 2.44.180 Public Art, in principal; and

WHEREAS, on September 23, 2003 approved the fee schedule committing one percent of the cost of capital investment projects to art and four tenths of one percent for housing development which became effective partially on January 1, 2004 and fully on July 1, 2004.

WHEREAS, on July 26, 2005 City Council approved the “Critters” public art element within Veterans Park; and

WHEREAS, the Poetry Contest project was a second component for Veterans Park for middle and high school students who competed in a themed poetry competition for each animal; and
WHEREAS, each of the ten winning poems (one for each animal) will be cast in bronze and affixed to the rock of the appropriate animal; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood that the City Council approves ten 2007 poetry contest winner poems engraved on bronze plaques and installed for Veterans Park Public Art CIP Project, No. 352-52350 and amends the CIP Budget Sheet in the amount of $9,650 for the Veterans Park Public Art CIP Project, No. 352-52350.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on 8th day of January, 2008 by the following vote:

 
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