Sculpture among commission items

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners plan to discuss sculptures, fast food, parking and the comprehensive plan at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The Arts and Humanities Advisory Board has made a recommendation to the commission for a sculpture at the Bluemont Avenue and Fourth Street roundabout. Commissioners will hear the final proposal submitted by the board, which is a sculpture of a Kaw Indian holding a peace pipe. The sculpture is titled “Peace Offering on the Blue” proposed by Tom Ford of Gillette, Wyo.

The city has already put aside $20,000 for the sculpture. The proposed cost for design, fabrication and installation of the sculpture is about $65,000. Commissioners approved reopening the proposal process last fall in order to get more artists to send in proposals for the sculpture. Upon the conclusion of the second round, the board received 33 proposals, which was considerable more than the few local proposals submitted the first time. City commissioners may accept, reject or amend the recommendation by the board on the proposed sculpture.

Two other items on the general agenda are modifications to a lot in Manhattan Marketplace development at Third Street and Leavenworth Street to include building a Taco John’s, and modifications to the existing McDonald’s lot on Fourth Street.  The Taco John’s restaurant is a modification to the lot where Anytime Fitness sits. The original plan was to double the size of the building housing Anytime Fitness, but the modification proposes to reduce the size of the expansion by half and put in a Taco John’s. The modification to include Taco John’s in the Manhattan Marketplace will require commissioners to vote.

McDonald’s would like commissioners to discuss what kind of redevelopment options it has to make ready for growth and give customers more access to its business. McDonald’s owners seek only feedback from commissioners and no vote will be required.

Commissioners will also be deciding whether to approve a proposal by Manko to expand its parking. The proposed parking would be at the east end of the Service Circle cul-de-sac just off Hayes Drive.

The commissioners will also be deciding whether to adopt the Eureka Valley Highway K-18 Corridor Plan as part of the Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan. If adopted, the plan will guide area planners, developers and builders in the Eureka Valley corridor over the next 20 years.

City commissioners will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Commission Room at City Hall. The meeting will also be televised on Cable Channel 3.

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