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Gallery asks for $10,000

Board member: TNPS brings thousands to city

DIXON – The Next Picture Show is asking the City Council to pitch in.

The nonprofit fine arts center asked Monday for $10,000 from the city’s 2013-2014 budget. No action was taken, but Mayor Jim Burke said the city will consider the proposal when it meets later this month to start budget talks.

Sandy Schuler, a member of The Next Picture Show’s board of directors, said the gallery and fine arts center is responsible “for bringing thousands of visitors downtown.” TNPS hosts exhibits, special events, workshops and classes.

“We feel we are an economic boost to the downtown,” Schuler told the council.

Last year, the council shot down The Next Picture Show’s request for $5,000 because of budget constraints.

Executive Director Bonnie Kime said the gallery, which works on about a $120,000 budget, has asked for a contribution for about 6 years but never has received city funds. Schuler and Kime said there is no threat of closing, but keeping a stable budget is a challenge.

Also Monday, the city finalized the list of seven people making up a governmental task force examining the commission form of government. Burke is hopeful the group will meet later this month.

That team is Bill Wadsworth, Tom Shaw, Jack Schrauth, Kelly Allen, Jim Marshall, the Rev. Michael Cole and Marilyn Coffey.

The council also voted to allow the airport board to pursue a United States Department of Transportation grant and will send the proposal to re-plat 414 Upham Place and 339 Lincolnway in regard to setback variances to the Plan Commission.

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