A feature as seemingly benign as the Lacy Park rose arbor sparked enough sentiment among attendees at last Friday morning’s meeting of the San Marino City Council that one longtime resident stormed out of chambers after making a public comment on the subject.
The city is currently trying to finalize plans for what has been pegged as a $400,000 replacement to the arbor that can be sent out for bid ahead of what the council hoped to be a Sept. 13 ribbon -cutting.
But several citizens at the meeting asked for more public input and urged the council – which was lacking members Dick Ward and Steve Talt – to host a community meeting in advance of completing bid documents.
“I commend the city for doing a good job on this but there is no reason to rush this through,” said Gretchen Shepherd Romey. “This is a long-term project. A lot of people feel very strongly about the rose arbor and a lot of opinions should be taken into account.”
Romey suggested a community meeting to elicit input and also suggested a visit to the Huntington Library, Art Collections a Botanical Gardens to view the many rose arbors on that property.
“The rose arbor is a jewel at Lacy Park,” she added.
Interim City Manager Cindy Collins mentioned that she and other city staffers had met with Jim Folsom at The Huntington and had viewed the structures there.
A community meeting has been scheduled for Monday, August 7 at 12:00 noon in the Barth Community Room at the Crowell Public Library to elicit further public comment.
Lacy Park’s previous wooden structure, which had suffered substantial damage from weathering and dry rot, will be replaced by a concrete-lined and steel assembly…
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