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Banner flags, horse statue locations under discussion at Council meeting


Tara Alatorre

CAVE CREEK – The Oct. 5 Cave Creek Town Council meeting was procedural, with second readings of general housekeeping items and discussion about updating the banner advertisement program and the relocation of a horse statue.

The second reading of a land exchange between Horny Toad Restaurant and the Desert Awareness Park to implement a non-motorized trail easement passed unanimously 6-0, with Mark Lipsky absent for the meeting.

“Thanks to our planning department and Bambi [Mueller] for this; it’s a win-win,” said Councilman Thomas McGuire about the land exchange.

The town council then passed the second readings of two general housekeeping items with little discussion. Increased expenditure limitations for the town administration passed in a 5 to 1 vote, with Clancy voting no. The Council unanimously voted in favor of fixing oversights in who was the head authority of personnel at the town water company, putting the town manager, Peter Jankowski, as the top authority in the chain of command.

Then Vice Mayor Steve LaMar addressed the council about the banner program, which provides several locations for local businesses to display banner flags in downtown Cave Creek for a fee that is collected by the town and Cave Creek Merchants and Events Association.

A total of nine poles are in the program, and it costs approximately $4,500 to rent a pole to display a banner, with 80 percent of the profit going to CCMEA and 20 percent of the profit going to the town.

“I am here making this statement, inviting discussion,” said Vice Mayor LaMar. “Personally I think it is a distraction and fundamentally I am concerned about the whole program,” he said.

According to town manager Peter Jankowski, the CCMEA owes the town $6,600 from the banner program, but it was stated at the meeting that he believes the town will be reimbursed soon.

Jankowski agreed to meet with some town council members and CCMEA representatives to rewrite the agreement and bring an updated version to the town council in the near future. No motion or vote was taken.

The Cave Creek Town Council then discussed moving the horse statue on the southern sector of Cave Creek Road without a motion or vote being taken, but giving Jankowski direction to involve the sculptor of the statue, Mark Carroll, in finding a potential new location.

Vice Mayor LaMar stated at the meeting that the statue was currently not in a good location, and the town could honor the artist with a bigger plaque and put it near the entrance of town, the preferred location of the artist.