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Eastman pushes Gateway Project to council

February 3, 2012

 

The increasing controversy over the Gateway Community Project isn’t over yet.
 
Councilmember John Eastman, a proponent of the idea, on Wednesday forced the Town Council into making a decision on the thing, in effect bypassing the Public Arts Commission and the Recreation Commission.
 
The project, initiated by Elizabeth Tenney and a small army of volunteers, would be a “gateway” structure on the south side of S.R. 203 at the entrance to town. 
 
In addition to the structure, it would feature a “pocket park.”
 
Working with architect Bruce Woodward and intoning the words of John Muir, the structure would welcome visitors to town.
 
The problem is money.
 
Tenney is working tirelessly on it, raising funds and asking for “In-Kind” donations, but her efforts have fallen through when it comes to some sort of public funding.
 
Last month, the Public Arts Commission turned it down, but only by a whisker, voting 2-2 to appropriate funding. 
 
On Wednesday, the council also put the kibosh on using Measure R funding to help the project, saying it did not qualify.
 
But Eastman, undaunted, said any final decision by the council could override the Arts Commission stalemate.
 
He put the decision before the council by asking to “agendize” the project, in effect forcing the council to make a vote on public funding. 
 
The council will take up the matter at its Feb. 15 meeting.

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