Arts Center contract decisions postponed to Aug. 17 meeting
A scheduled decision before Glenwood Springs City Council at Thursday’s meeting whether to continue the city’s contract and lease for the Center for the Arts has been postponed until the Aug. 17 meeting.
The arts council membership and board on Tuesday voted in favor of turning over arts center programming to the city while the nonprofit organization works to rebuild after recent financial issues arose.
A formal agreement for that transfer to occur still needs to be drafted and reviewed by the city, according to City Attorney Karl Hanlon.
“We went ahead and continued it to the next meeting, so that council will have something in writing to consider,” he said. “The goal is still to ensure that we are moving forward to have programming in place this fall.”
The city, which had paid the director’s salary and benefits and rented the center its space for $10 a year, is considering severing ties entirely. A police investigation begun in April, when Executive Director Christina Brusig resigned, continues. An audit questioned about $20,000 in spending.
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