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12/22/2018 11:58:00 AM
Contract for more Goshen storm drain art approved
Jairo Jimenez and Salome de Moya, 12, paint a storm drain for Goshen's Storm Drain Art Project at the corner of Fifth and Jefferson Streets in this June 9, 2016, file photo. The project featured eight murals created by 10 artists throughout Goshen. Jiminez said as an abstract artist he wanted to show the cycle of water, starting wth the faucet and showing it through different cycles with the river, including pollution. Staff file photo by Haley Ward
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Jairo Jimenez and Salome de Moya, 12, paint a storm drain for Goshen's Storm Drain Art Project at the corner of Fifth and Jefferson Streets in this June 9, 2016, file photo. The project featured eight murals created by 10 artists throughout Goshen. Jiminez said as an abstract artist he wanted to show the cycle of water, starting wth the faucet and showing it through different cycles with the river, including pollution. Staff file photo by Haley Ward

John Kline, Goshen News

GOSHEN — This spring, local artists will again descend upon the city’s storm drain inlets to paint water-themed murals as part of a planned water protection education initiative.

During their meeting Friday morning, Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety members approved a $5,200 contract with My Community My Water to provide coordination of the planned Storm Drain Art Project. The project will be done in the same vein as a similar storm drain art project conducted by the city back in the spring of 2016.

“The city is educating the community on water protection of our rivers and waterways by raising awareness through community integrated art on select storm drain inlets within a one mile radius of downtown Goshen,” Shannon Marks, legal compliance administrator for the city, said in introducing the contract request Friday. “The artists’ work on the project will be unveiled before June 10, 2019, and My Community My Water’s work shall be completed by Aug. 15, 2019.” 

According to Jason Kauffman, stormwater coordinator for the city, the $5,200 contract with My Community May Water involves compensation for the group agreeing to coordinate and oversee the project’s implementation, including press, education materials and a project website.

“They’ll be training the artists to do the work, providing safety training and general guidelines for what not to do and what to do around the storm drains while they’re doing that,” Kauffman said of the group. “They’ll also be providing us a website that will promote this project leading up to it and afterward, as well as just helping us to get the information out there and make sure that this program is part of the overall public education program. So there are a number of things that will go with this, and they’re coordinating it for us.”

A motion to authorize the $5,200 contract was approved unanimously.

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