The Yuma City Council Wednesday attempted to tackle an issue that involves them and the Yuma Arts Council. There is currently no contract between the two entities since there have been changes with the Arts Council, including a search for a new director.
Yuma City Council member Jerry Stuart made a motion to give the Arts Council an additional $1,252 in order to help them with the search for a new director, however most of the city council were uncomfortable with giving an additional amount of money without a contract in place. Stuart felt by giving the money, they were making a statement to the community the city council was behind and supporting the arts council.
The motion failed by a vote of 4 to 3 with council members Edward Thomas and Bobbie Lewis, Deputy Mayor Leslie McClendon and Mayor Alan Krieger voting against the motion. Mayor Kreiger suggested allowing the current contract to be approved, since the arts council has a special event coming up this month that involved the issuance of a liquor license, and then revisit the issue within a few weeks and get both sides together to reconsider a revised contract.
The council also on Wednesday voted to allow the public to address the council during their work sessions, which are held the Tuesdays prior to the regular scheduled Wednesday public meetings. This is part of a change the council recently approved of moving the call to the public at the regular meetings to the end of the meetings.