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An Emergency Ordinance Establishing A Public Art Commission For The Village

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An Emergency Ordinance Establishing A Public Art Commission For The Village
Ordinance No. 2013-07, Village Of Yellow Springs, Ohio

Interested persons will take note that the Village Council of Yellow Springs on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, gave first reading to an ordinance, text to follow.
Council will consider said ordinance for second reading declaring an emergency and possible passage into law during a public hearing to begin at 7:10 p.m., Monday, March 4, 2013, in the Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St.
Whereas, the Village of Yellow Springs has a unique history of creative activity and Yellow Springs is a place people choose to live, visit and work because of the vitality of the arts scene and creative energy of the people; and
Whereas, art in public places can build on this energy by empowering artists to create art that communicates important human values, commemorates Yellow Springs’ history, enhances the environment and exemplifies the welcoming nature of the community; and
Whereas, the Council for the Village of Yellow Springs adopted Resolution 2012-75 Implementing a Policy Governing Art in Public Spaces on January 7, 2013 which recommended the appointment of a Public Art Commission (PAC);
Section 1. A Public Art Commission is established to carry out the following tasks:

• Review any Conceptual Proposal presented by the Village Manager for the purpose of making recommendations to Village Council regarding the merits of the proposed project.
• Review more specific renderings and details for approved projects for the purpose of making recommendations on final approval of a project specifically addressing whether a proposed art project meets the Purpose Statement and specifically how it does so.
• Serve as a jury regarding the artistic quality and merit of a proposed art project as well as determining whether the project meets the Purpose Statement upon the request of Council. Section 2. The Public Art Commission will consist of seven members, including one Village Council Member and the Village Manager. The Council will appoint members to the Commission with a variety of skills and experience including art, architecture, public lands management or construction. The Commission members will serve a 3-year term. The initial terms will be staggered to provide membership stability.
Section 3. As an official body of Council, all meetings of the Public Art Commission must be advertised and open to the public. To be considered official, meetings must be attended by a quorum, determined to be a simple majority, of members. Official meeting minutes must be kept, approved and forwarded to the Clerk of Council for distribution and records retention.
Section 4. That in order to assure the Village can enact this legislation in time to seat the Commission in a timely manner, this Ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure which shall take effect at the earliest period allowed by law.
Judith Hempfling,


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