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Decatur City Commission will consider MOU with Arts Alliance for art at Publix development

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Decatur City Commission will consider MOU with Arts Alliance for art at Publix development

FILE PHOTO: The Decatur City Commission met on Dec. 6 at City Hall and discussed projects related to the battery and solar system at the public works building, stabilizing the dairy barn at Legacy Park, and continuing the downtown tree maintenance program. Photo by Zoe Seiler.

Decatur, GA — The Decatur City Commission at its Feb. 7 meeting will consider a memorandum of understanding with the Decatur Arts Alliance for public art at a new shopping center anchored by a Publix grocery.

The Feb. 7 meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with a work session. The regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Here are the access instructions:

This meeting will be held in-person. Members of the public wishing to participate during either the “Public Comment” or “Requests and Petitions” portions of the meeting may attend the meeting in one of two ways:

1. Attend in-person by coming to Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St. A  temperature check and wearing of a face covering are required for entry into the building.

2. Register in advance at https://zoom.us/j/96446673199. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may also participate by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (The 11-digit number shown in the Zoom registration link.)

NOTE – This meeting will utilize virtual meeting technology. We cannot guarantee it will operate as planned. If your participation must be a matter of public record, attend the meeting in person or email your comments to City Manager Andrea Arnold at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 7th.

Members of the public may also view the live broadcast of the Decatur City Commission meeting at https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video

According to a memo from City Manager Andrea Arnold attached to the Feb. 7 meeting agenda, “In 2019, the City entered into an acquisition agreement with Alliance Realty Services LLC that resulted in the City conveying right of way for the development known as Sam’s Crossing Village which includes the new Publix grocery store.

“Part of this agreement included a commitment by Alliance to contribute $250,000 to the City for a public art program at the development site. Per the acquisition agreement, and upon receipt of the $250,000 contribution, an agreement with the property owners has been entered into, granting the city a license to install public art at three locations within the development.”

The city will be working with the Decatur Arts Alliance to honor its commitment under the license agreement.

“The terms of this proposed partnership are identified in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) and include having the Decatur Arts Alliance select artists, oversee the installation of the artwork and provide annual maintenance of the artwork,” Arnold’s memo says. “The MOU recognizes a payment of $50,000 to the Decatur Arts Alliance for these services, leaving $200,000 for all other costs associated with the public art program. Upon acquisition, the artwork will belong to the city.”

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