New Mural To Brighten Up Downtown

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A new mural will be coming to downtown Litchfield thanks to grants from Walmart and the Big Dawg Dare Committee, along with donations from the community.

Jamie Stang of Stang Arts presented the plan to the Litchfield City Council during their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16, which includes a mural on two buildings at the intersection of State and Ryder.

Stang said the goal of the murals is to brighten up downtown and continue with Litchfield’s beautification efforts. While the mural will be on two buildings (223 and 226 North State Street), it will be one continuous mural featuring a warm sky with a setting sun, farmers planting fields on one side and the harvest on the other. Stang said the city will also receive a digital image of the mural as one art piece, which can be used for T-shirts, post cards and other retail items.

In addition to the new mural, Stang will also be applying a gloss/mirror shield over the city’s new postcard mural, which will help preserve the paintings for years to come.

The project will cost $7,700, which includes a $1,000 loyalty discount.

Alderman Ray Kellenberger asked why that spot was chosen rather than one in a higher traffic location off Route 16 or elsewhere. Stang said there were several different areas that were looked at, but she believed that the one selected provides good viewing from a distance and won’t be blocked by traffic or snow in the winter.

Mayor Steve Dougherty added that he believes that downtown Litchfield will be more utilized in the near future, especially when the new elementary school is built nearby. Dougherty also said that the building’s owner, Cass Cooper, has given permission for the mural.

The council also approved the purchase of two sets of bunker gear for the fire department from Dinges Fire Company at a cost not to exceed $4,749.90, authorized Durkin Equipment to supply and install the uninterrupted power supply for the water treatment plant’s membrane system at a cost not to exceed $5,562.05 and approved the purchase of five Kasco Marine de-icers from West Marine for $4,475 for the lake department.

Also approved was a SEGA agreement with Ameren for electric services for the lake lagoon/force main lift station project with an upfront cost of $7,934.37, and a payment to Ron Scheller for bat exclusion at the Carnegie Building for $3,400.

The council entered closed session at 6:43 p.m. and re-entered open session a few minutes later. They would approve two items: a motion to amend the police budget for staffing, which will give them the authority to employ 14 officers by adding one new officer, and a motion to make a $2,500 market adjustment to the salary of the collector of sewer.

The meeting adjourned at 7 p.m., with the council set to meet again on Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Corwin Hall.

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