Yachats City Councilors found themselves in an awkward position Thursday as they scrambled to figure out how much they were supposed to pay an artist that has provided a spectacular mural at the rear of The Commons where children’s programs are held. The councilors say they find the mural delightful and they want to pay the artist fairly. However, as they discovered, they had not agreed to a final price before the artist began her exquisite work.
Mayor Rob Brean said he had heard that the artist was being flexible on costs, including a partial donation on her part. Mayor Brean said from what he gathered, the upper end of a possible price tag was “up to $2,000.” He said some city funds have already been awarded to her, but there is probably some outstanding balance. He said he’s also heard there may be more work yet to do on the mural.
The council was a little perplexed as to what-is-what with the project – definitely a communication breakdown somewhere, but they say the artist does beautiful work and will be paid. However, Mayor Brean volunteered that he would chip in some money himself and called on members of the council to do the same. He also issued a polite challenge to the community to step forward with some funds to make things right.