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City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 01/26/2021  

Adopt new Section 5.8 entitled "Utility Box Art Policy" into the Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual.
At the October 28, 2020 City Council Meeting, Council appointed Vice Mayor Brian Johsz and Council Member Peter Rogers to the newly created Public Art Committee (PAC).  Subsequently, three other members have been added to the PAC. Added members are Parks and Recreation Commissioners Jennifer Holtkamp and Robert Gavela, and Glen Anderson of the Chino Hills Community Foundation. 

On January 7, 2021, the PAC met to discuss the Utility Box Art Policy and to choose four photos to be used initially as part of a pilot program to introduce the community to what a utility box would look like when it is wrapped with a photograph. For the Council’s consideration (attached) is the PAC supported Utility Box Art Policy. 
For calendar year 2021, artwork for the four pilot program utility boxes will be installed in February 2021. If the “wrapped” utility boxes are well received by the Chino Hills community, the PAC will meet again in April 2021 to select six additional photos to have installed in May 2021, bringing the total art installations for 2021 to ten. The plan for public submissions to occur will begin in Fall 2021 and at that time the PAC will select ten more photos for installation in January 2022. Note: There are a total of 50 utility boxes located throughout the City and it is anticipated it will take five years to wrap all boxes based on the current timeline.

The four boxes that are part of the pilot program will be funded by the Community Services Fund at a cost of $2,440. If the pilot program is well received by the community, the Chino Hills Community Foundation has approved a donation of $3,660 to cover the cost of the six additional boxes to be wrapped in 2021. The Foundation will consider future donations to the program at their September 2021 board meeting.
This proposed action is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §§ 21000, et seq., "CEQA") and CEQA Guidelines (Title 14 California Code of Regulations §§ 15000, et seq.), because it does not involve any commitment to a specific project which could result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment; and, constitutes an organizational or administrative activity that will not result in direct or indirect physical changes in the environment. Accordingly, this action does not constitute a "project" that requires environmental review (see specifically 14 CCR § 15378(b)(4-5)).
There is sufficient funding in the Community Services operating budget to cover the cost of $2,440 for the pilot program. If the program is successful, the cost of the additional boxes and donation will be budgeted as part of the Quarterly Budget Review process. The General Fund supports the Community Services Fund through transfers based on actual revenues and expenditures throughout the year.
This item has been reviewed by the Finance Director and the City Attorney.
Section 5.8 - Utility Box Art Policy

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