The Dennis Hopper Art Trust recently notified Summer Bates, the director of Dodge City's Carnegie Center for the Arts, that two sculptures created by Hopper would be donated to the city where Hopper was born and raised.
At the joint City/County meeting held Wednesday evening, commissioners heard a presentation by Bates about the statues, their history and the logistics of transporting them to Dodge. Then, they heard a proposal from Jeff Thorpe asking the statues to be placed at the special events center.
"Thorpe was proposing that they be placed at the far end of the parking lot, so as to not take up too much space," Nanette Pogue, city clerk said.
County Commissioners voted 3-0 in favor of the placement. City Commissioners voted 0-4 against the placement, so the proposal failed.
"City Commissioners will probably discuss the placement at an upcoming City Commission meeting," Pogue said. "Because the county approved it, it can be discussed at a regular city meeting. If they propose a different location however, another joint meeting must be held."
City Commissioners were against the location for several reasons including; they were worried about the safety of the statues in that location because of exposure to wind and other elements and vandalism.
Commissioners suggested a park in town to display the statues instead.
In other business the joint commission;
• Approved organizational funding requests for several local organizations in the following amounts;
-Boot Hill Museum, $100,000
-Ford County Historical Society, $10,000
-Dodge City Area Arts Council, $15,716
-Dodge City Trail of Fame, $16,000
-Depot Theater Company, $150,000
-Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame, $8,900
-Dodge City Roundup, $20,000
-Tourism Taskforce, $251,247
• Approved Chamber Director Dan Schenkein to fill the Community Facilities Advisory Board vacancy
• Approved depreciation and replacement fund policy for the special sales tax. This is a fund that is set aside from the tax for capital maintenance.
• Approved a special funding request from Dodge City Roundup for $60,000 for a new announcement stand and sound booth.