Inverness City Council will receive an update on Tuesday on the city’s new arts programs and the annual arts festival, which has recently struggled amid internal political struggles.
Earlier this year, the council hired Florida-based Civic Icon Arts to help oversee and create artistic attractions and public cultural venues. One of Civic Icon Arts’ plans was to form a committee for the annual arts festival.
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the festival.
In recent years, the city has taken over management of the festival, but city officials are changing that, said Eric Williams, city manager for Inverness.
Williams said the council would get a review of the city’s progress in creating a festival volunteer committee to help with the festival. Williams said the formation of the committee is progressing and will include former committee members during the days when the city played a less prominent role in the event.
The city will also host this year’s November arts festival in the downtown area rather than the depot district, Williams said.
Already, 25 artists have registered to participate in the event, he said.
Creating the committee and involving the community in the festival means âconnecting the community to the festival. This is community: connecting people to circumstances.
âThe committee welcomed members of the old nonprofit and many new faces to contribute and collaborate on this year’s art show,â Williams wrote to his board heads as part of the Tuesday’s agenda. “In addition, the committee is developing marketing materials, children’s art, and looking to innovate and liven up the show with new approaches.”
âThe city looks forward to fostering community creativity with the Festival of the Arts and hosting this long-standing art exhibit downtown after a hiatus during the 2020 festival year,â he said. -he declares.
The city’s approach to the festival is consistent with the city’s new approach to allow the community a greater role in organizing and overseeing community events.
â¢ Council will also consider renewing the city’s contract with the county for its continued use of landfills at the current ongoing rate of $ 33 per tonne.
â¢ City staff will also advise council of the location of the old Inverness station. The city will issue a request for proposal for potential businesses wishing to lease space in the old train station, which is located just outside Liberty Park and near the Withlacoochee State Trail.
The city struggled to find a tenant for the installation. It lacks a parking lot, a designated road to the building, water and sewer services, or a loading dock.
â¢ The council will also discuss whether to donate to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fallen Officers Memorial in front of the agency’s office in Inverness.
The sheriff’s office unveiled the unfinished memorial this spring. The agency collected approximately $ 60,000 in donations and materials. None of this was public money.
The memorial needs approximately an additional $ 20,000 for its next phase of completion.
âThe memorial is part of downtown and offers those who visit the area the opportunity to pay tribute to our men and women responsible for law enforcement,â Williams wrote to the council. âCCSO is working on the completion of the monument and is currently seeking donations to support it. Several council members have expressed interest in discussing the possibility of the city making a contribution to support the completion of the monument.
â¢ Williams will also advise council of any progress on the city’s plans to build a beach at Liberty Park and Henderson Lake. The council earlier this year voted to go ahead with the efforts and contact the state’s water district regulators.
The regular council meeting begins at 5:30 pm at Town Hall, 212 W. Main St., Inverness.