TOWN NEWS: Sculpture purchase, yard sale signs

Town art commission plans to buy sculpture

The sculpture of bluegrass instruments that sits in a flowerbed outside the Nashville House is going to become a permanent part of town.

The Nashville Arts & Entertainment Commission announced plans to buy it for $5,000 from artist Michael Evans at last month’s town council meeting. The artist had asked for a commitment or for it to be returned, said A&E Commission President Nancy Crocker.

It might be moved from its current spot — or at least raised so the flowers don’t obscure it — but for now, it’ll stay where it is, Crocker said.

The Nashville Town Council gives the art commission a budget, and among its various funds, it has enough to cover the purchase, she said. But Town Manager Scott Rudd asked her to consider taking the $5,000 out of another fund other than the town’s general fund, because overall, making the town’s budget work for next year has been somewhat of a challenge with tax revenue going down.

In addition to town money, the arts commission receives donations and grants. Crocker announced a $5,000 gift from the Indiana Arts Commission at last month’s meeting; and earlier this year, the group received $75,000 from the estate of an Indiana art enthusiast.

“If we could find (another) $2,000 for the fire department, this is where it would come from,” Rudd said about the general fund. “If we can find a way to fund public art out of a donation fund rather than out of the general fund, this is how we could do that. … We’re rich in public art and we’re short on public safety.”

The council also approved the appointment of Heather Nicholson to fill a vacant spot on the A&E Commission, replacing Scott Hutchison. Nicholson, a former art teacher, will finish out the rest of the year, Crocker said.

This is the proper way to put up a sign

Don’t tape, staple, nail, tie or otherwise affix anything to a town light pole.

That’s a message Nashville Town Council President “Buzz” King has delivered numerous times, but it’s still not being heard, he said at the September council meeting.

It’s also not right to stretch a sign between two highway signs, he said.

If you’re going to advertise a yard sale or other event, buy some stakes and put your sign on them, he said.

And when your event is over, make sure to go back and pick up those signs, he added.

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Sara Clifford has been raising a family in Brown County since 2005 and leading the Brown County Democrat since late 2009. In addition to editor, she is the beat reporter for town government and writes columns, features and general news stories.