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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • New location for statues proposed

  • During Monday evening's City Commission meeting, a new location for the Dennis Hopper statues was proposed to the commission. Summer Bates, the director of Carnegie Center of the Arts and the person in charge of bringing the statues to Dodge, proposed putting the statues at the TM Deal property located on 3rd Ave.
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  • During Monday evening's City Commission meeting, a new location for the Dennis Hopper statues was proposed to the commission. Summer Bates, the director of Carnegie Center of the Arts and the person in charge of bringing the statues to Dodge, proposed putting the statues at the TM Deal property located on 3rd Ave.
    According to Nanette Pogue, city clerk, the location is currently abandoned.
    Bates proposed creating a multicultural park at the location, complete with landscaping, murals on the existing walls, other artwork on display, a farmers market and the two statues; "La Salsa Man" and "Mobile Man".
    The original proposed location for the statues, the special events center, was  approved by the County Commission but rejected by the City Commission in a joint meeting held earlier this year. Because the city rejected it, a new location was needed.
    "The commission recommended Bates get together with Ken [Strobel, the city manager] and look into this possibility more," Pogue said.
    Bates said she hopes to finance the project through several grants.
    No formal action or decisions were made regarding the statues at the meeting.
    In other business the commission:
    • Approved a resolution of support for TIGER grant applications for Amtrak. The grants would go towards improvement of the track.
    • Approved a resolution to amend sewer rates to Mid America Truck Wash.
    • Approved a resolution directing the installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Avenue D and Brier Street for westbound traffic.
    The next City Commission meeting will be held on June 3.
    Editors note: The Globe would like to extend their thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Commissioner Jim Sherer who passed away earlier this week. He will be missed by all who knew him.
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