Mural proposal before council
The Porterville City Council on Tuesday will consider approving a proposal from WildPlaces, a Springville-based nonprofit organization, to paint a 10-foot by 16-foot mural on the western wall of the Porterville City Library.
The mural is a depiction of the watershed, with a backdrop of the Sierra Nevada and Sequoia National Monument, and the currents of the Tule River from which emerge closed and open human hands that hold a paint brush, a globe, a carrot and a book.
Within the river’s currents are several smaller images that represent growth, nature, agriculture and healthy transportation.
The quote, “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water,” from W.H. Auden, and the WildPlaces and Step Up logos will also be on the mural.
Earlier this year, WildPlaces was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Tulare County Step Up Program — designed to fund projects that target the involvement of youth who are gang-affiliated or are gang-exposed. The grant mandates that WildPlaces work with at-risk youth living in District Five and also requires the project be completed by Dec. 31.
The grant will cover all project costs, including surface prep, materials, equipment and ongoing mural maintenance.
If the mural is approved, city staff will develop quality control measures for the development of the project, a report in Tuesday’s agenda states.
- A consent item to set a public hearing for Dec. 4 for the establishment of a concrete reimbursement fee for concrete improvement construction by the city as part of the West North Grand Avenue Reconstruction Project, from Highway 65 to the railroad. If approved, the council will authorize the notification of all affected property owners who are listed as John Law Inc., Union Pacific Railroad, and Randal Carroll.
- A consent item to schedule a study session on Dec. 11 to inform the council and public of planning efforts associated with a potential alignment plan and related improvements along Highway 190.
- A consent item to consider a request by council member Brian Ward to schedule on the Dec. 4 agenda consideration of creating a city banner program to recognize local military veterans.
- A consent item to consider a request by council member Greg Shelton to schedule on the Dec. 4 agenda consideration of eliminating the use of city funds to attend local community events.
The Porterville City Council is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 291 N. Main St.
To view Tuesday’s agenda in its entirety, visit www.ci.porterville.ca.us/govt/CityCouncil/Agendas/.