Public hearing Aug. 20

Public art proposed in Thomaston

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 13, 2019
Courtesy of: Thomaston Town Office A rough sketch of the proposed public art mural to be painted on the rear entrance to Thomaston Grocery, depicting an historical scene. A public hearing is set for Aug. 20.

Thomaston — At a workshop held July 22, the Thomaston Board of Selectmen discussed several options to use funds left over from the Streetscape Project grant.

Pollution Control Superintendent John Fancy presented several different ideas, including a public art mural on the rear entrance of Thomaston Grocery.

Fancy said local artist Nancy Baker has offered to volunteer her time in designing and painting the mural, which is proposed to depict a historic street scene with painted figures in period clothing, windows, sidewalk, an awning and other elements.

Dan Gushee Painting Co. has agreed to provide power washing, primer, high quality paint, and protective sealer at a cost of approximately $2,000.

The town would own and maintain the public art piece for at least five years.

At the regular selectmen's meeting Aug. 12, Planning Board Chairman Joanne Richards said the painted awning in the proposed picture makes it a sign. She said the town's sign ordinance prohibits signs painted on or applied to any roof or exterior wall.

However, Fancy noted the town does not have an ordinance for public artwork.

A public hearing is set for Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. in Watts Hall for the community to give input on the proposed mural.

Other suggestions on the use of the grant money included new equipment for plowing behind the business block, paving of the parking lot next to Threshers Brewery, building pine wood enclosures for the propane tank, installing an electric car-charging station and new bike racks.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

Public art proposed in Thomaston
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