"There was $20,000 set aside for maintenance, rehabilitation, and to purchase one or two pieces of new art," said Councilwoman Susie Salisbury. "We realized that wasn't going to go very far, so we decided to leverage that by applying for another $20,000.
"We're going to focus on temporary public art in neighborhoods that are lacking in public art now, like the West Side," she said.
* Approved a budget change needed to adjust staffing in several city departments.
City Collector Charlie Thompson will become director of Human Resources following the retirement of longtime director Judy King, City Manager David Molgaard said, and Molgaard assistant Amanda Rutledge will become assistant director.
Also, Tonya Cotton will serve as interim city collector. A 10-year city employee, she has been the B&O tax supervisor in the 14-person collector's office.
* Got a first look at a proposed bond issue of up to $11.6 million by the Charleston Sanitary Board. The bonds would pay for improvements to the sanitary sewers in the Lick Branch/South Ruffner area, which are expected to start this year.
While the revenue bonds would be paid off by sewer customers through their monthly sewer bills, no rate increases are expected as a result of this bond issue, Mayor Danny Jones said.
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