Truckee council approves $15,000 for flower sculptures (w/ photo illustration) |

Truckee council approves $15,000 for flower sculptures (w/ photo illustration)

Town of Truckee/Courtesy IllustrationThree 16-foot metalic flower sculptures, which the town of Truckee will buy and construct for about $15,000, would be erected in the middle of the Pioneer Trail roundabout in Truckee.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee Town Council has agreed to pay $15,000 to install three 16-foot tall flower sculptures at the Pioneer Trail roundabout.

The forged steel sculptures will be donated by Troy Corliss, a local Truckee artist, who estimates his mountain flowers sculptures to be worth $30,000. The $15,000 in installation funding comes from the town’s general funds; it was approved unanimously at last Thursday’s meeting.

Joining fellow council members in their praise for the sculptures, Richard Anderson said he thought the installation fees are more than justifiable.

and#8220;I think for a town investment in relation to what we’re receiving it is appropriate,and#8221; Anderson said.

While council members unanimously supported the installation, there were still concerns about liability and the structural integrity of the sculptures in harsh weather conditions.

and#8220;I think the likelihood of the structures causing damage would be on the slim side,and#8221; said Dan Wilkins, engineer and director of Truckee public works.

Wilkins said while Truckee would bear liability for the structures, all of them would be placed about 16 feet from the roadway. In order for an accident to occur, he said the town would have to endure a major windstorm or serious seismic activity, or have a vehicle crash into them.

Further, Wilkins said there would be 9-foot cement pilings inserted into the ground to secure the structures.

Jamie Brimer, a local contractor, was the only resident during public comment to caution the board. Brimer said he supports the arts and Corliss’ artistic ability; however, he thought the price for the sculpture was high under the weight of the current recession.

and#8220;In these economic times, $15,000 is a lot of money,and#8221; Brimer said. and#8220;I just hope we remember we’re spending the public’s money.and#8221;

At the meeting, Truckee council members also amended the Donner Pass Road Rehabilitation Project, a project to repave much of the roadway, by allocating an additional $75,000 to be given to Truckee contractor Advanced Asphalt to add repaving work between Spring Street and the McIver Crossing roundabout.

Todd Landry, a senior engineer with the town of Truckee, said the section could be included as part of Donner Pass Road’s rehabilitation project, which starts Tuesday from Cold Stream Road eastward to the intersection of Bridge Street in downtown.

Landry said he expects most of the daytime delays to come in the early part of the project as crews work on utilities, concrete and drainage work. On Sept. 20, Landry said repaving will start at night from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Funding for the nearly $1.9 million project is coming from the town’s housing and sales tax revenue, which is used for the town’s roadway and maintenance needs.

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