Getting artsy at city hall

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Nude art at Keizer Civic Center?

Don’t count on it anytime soon.

But members of the Keizer City Council are close to adopting a policy for the temporary display of art work at city hall.

The topic was discussed during the Dec. 2 council meeting, with no action taken. The subject is expected to be brought up again soon.

City attorney Shannon Johnson noted in the past the Keizer Art Association was responsible for art that hangs in city hall. That duty is now being transferred to the city, requiring a policy for how the issue will be dealt with.

“I assumed the council as a whole wanted some type of art up, since it doesn’t cost us anything,” Johnson said. “Insuring and being responsible are two different things.”

Johnson said the insurance deductible of $2,500 is a key sticking point.

“Do you want to be liable for them?” Johnson asked councilors. “If so, to what amount?”

Work by Michael Hare Photography is currently hanging, while mayor Lore Christopher said a quilting club is interested in displaying works of art.

“If we don’t want to take any responsibility, we won’t have any artists,” Christopher said. “Artists won’t allow art to be put up where no responsibility is being taken.”

Councilor Dennis Koho had concerns about what kind of art could potentially be up.

“We don’t have a policy for deciding what is appropriate,” Koho said. “What do we have in order to say no nude art in city hall?”

Christopher pointed out Hare’s work has previously been on display in Independence and was appropriate, but acknowledged Koho’s concern.

“I totally agree with you,” she told Koho. “We need to have assurance this is the type of art displayed in public.”

Christopher said the idea of lowering the deductible to $500 would drive away artists, to which both councilors Jim Taylor and Joe Egli asked what a better number would be. Christopher suggested calling other cities with such policies to get a better idea of possible numbers.

In other business:

• Councilors approved a liquor license request for Adobo Republic, located at 6385 Ulali Drive NE in Keizer Station.

“The reason for us wanting to serve beer and wine is a lot of these entrees are very suitable to the kind of wine we’ve had,” owner Jose Luis Samonte said. “I’ve sampled a lot of wine. It’s going to be a good dining experience for anyone who enjoys wine.”

Councilors approved the request and forwarded it to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

• With minimal discussion, councilors adopted a resolution approving the Underground Injection Control Management Plan and Monitoring Plan. The city manages and operates 86 publicly-owned UICs, commonly referred to as drywells.

• More clean-up work was done on an ordinance amending the Keizer Comprehensive Plan. Several changes and edits were discussed, with a revised version of the ordinance expected to be brought back to council soon.

• Several were appointed to committees. Tim Smith was reappointed to his seat on the Storm Water Advisory Committee, with a three-year term ending in December 2016. Hersch Sangster was approved to fill one of several vacancies on the Traffic Safety/Bikeways/Pedestrian Committee. Current members Richard Walsh and Jason Bruster were reappointed to the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, though some concerns had been expressed about Bruster’s attendance record. Bruster missed this week’s Parks Board meeting.

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