Iowa City leader wants another look at art project
IOWA CITY (AP)--A member of the Iowa City City Council wants another look at spending $80,000 on a sculpture for a park.
Councilman Mike Wright says that approving the project was a business-as-usual move, when the situation is "far from normal."
The council voted 5-2 last week to approve a contract for the abstract metal sculpture. Council members Matt Hayek and Amy Correia voted against it.
At the same meeting, the council delayed spending $520,000 to hire six firefighters for a new station because of a tight budget.
Mayor Regenia Bailey says there's a false perception that money for the sculpture would be used to hire new firefighters. She says the firefighters are operational expenses, while the sculpture is a capital improvement project.
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