By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News
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The city received 11 applications for the seven-seat commission to guide official civic arts and culture endeavors, but only two people applied for the three positions that must be filled by residents of the city proper, City Clerk Karen Kuznek-Reese said.
The deadline for applications was last Friday.
Eileen Cummings and Bridget Baker were two city dwellers who applied for the four-year volunteer positions.
Those wishing to serve in the third city spot should contact Kuznek-Reese at City Hall, 226 N. Sequim Ave., at 360-683-4139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The council will allow the four remaining seats to be filled by people who live outside the city limit but within the boundaries of the Sequim School District.
The nine applicants with addresses outside the city limit are Patsy Mattingley, Shirley Mercer, Sue Ellen Riesau, Sharon Delabarre, Lizbeth Harper, Renne Brock-Richmond, Linda Stadtmiller, Steven Humphrey and Lili Green.
Mayor Candace Pratt, Councilman Erik Erichsen and Councilwoman Laura Dubois volunteered Tuesday night to interview the commission candidates alongside Kuznek-Reese and Barb Hanna, communications and marketing director, in a special meeting in the city administration’s current office at 226 N. Sequim Ave. A date for the interviews has not yet been set, Kuznek-Reese said.
City art projects
The commission, created by the City Council earlier this year, will find opportunities for the city to develop art projects.
One of its first duties will be to select art to decorate the new civic center, which is under construction.
Unspent dollars from the $390,000 contingency fund built into the civic center budget likely will be used to purchase art for the new building, City Manager Steve Burkett said at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
The arts commission currently has no budget.
“It’s not going to need much of a budget anyway,” Burkett said. “Our parks and rec board has no budget.”
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at email@example.com.