By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The Mill Creek City Council unanimously appointed Jeanne Smart to the Art & Beautification Board on September 5, 2017, to fill one of the three open positions.
Smart is a former educator and principal in the greater Seattle Area as well as Edmonds and currently works as a Coldwell Banker Bain realtor.
Councilmember Donna Michelson praised the decision, “Jeanne brings so many talents to the city. As a former educator, she is very experienced in the arts and has recruited artists and musicians for school programs; which is an invaluable skill for events such as Mill Creek’s Second Thursday Art Walks.”
In her letter-of-interest Smart wrote, “I have lived in the Holly Division of Mill Creek for 29 years. I was attracted to this community because it represented a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment in which to raise my two children after their father died. I have never been disappointed with my choice to live here on either of those accounts... I look forward to serving as a member of the committee which I feel has a significant role in maintaining an inviting and sometimes educational environment for all those who live and visit our community.”
The City of Mill Creek has been trying to fill three open Art & Beautification Board positions for several months and is now having some success.
According to Mill Creek Communication and Marketing Coordinator Holly Harvey, “There are two vacancies on the Art & Beautification Board with one candidate tentatively scheduled for an interview in October.”
The City of Mill Creek’s website describes the Art & Beautification Board’s responsibilities as follows:
“The Art & Beautification Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council on matters regarding:
- Design of landscaping for city rights of way, medians, entrances, and other public facilities and city-owned properties.
- Special events and projects to enhance the aesthetics and beauty within business areas of the city.
- Utilization of the Municipal Art Fund.
- Selection and acquisition of artwork obtained for the city and for all municipal buildings.
- Construction projects; To the extent feasible, the board should be active during preliminary design or construction phases of municipal projects to assure orderly integration of artwork into the city.”