Mayor Bodker sets the agenda, and releases it late Thursday.
This gives the public little time to review numerous documents.
The public deserves at least 1 week review what is to be voted on.
An agenda item popped up for Monday night to spend $40K of (hotel-motel tax) with Urban Catalyst Lab to design the concept of Two “Gateway markers” State Bridge Rd.
We quickly looked up the artist and posted some of the work on our FB page. Fury and outrage over what was proposed and with no notice, no information or input.
According to staff documents “The CVB Board continues to recommend allocating the full balance of collected funds (budgeted at $114,647). ” This would be for the installation.
What happen Last Night...
The entire gateway marker discussion was tabled with the request by Council that The City Manager come up with a better process.
As the City Council had to spend the $40K on something…
5 of the 7 Council voted to allocate the $40K toward the greenway trail initiative.
Councilman Lenny Zaprowski & Mayor Bodker were the No Votes.
Mayor Bodker had this to say about the debacle and his desire for future gateway markers and public art for Johns Creek…
Source: City of Johns Creek & Urban Catalyst Lab.
Note to the Artist
We do want to say this about the art and artist. Everything has a purpose and place. Although the general consensus is “Urban Catalyst Lab” is not right fit for Gateway Marker signage for Johns Creek, that doesn’t mean your art doesn’t have a place or space somewhere else in the community. We value your contributions as a member of society.