The north water tower painting project is getting started but some within the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce are still trying to get a last minute addition of a city motto -- "your place to be" below two of the three repetitions of the word "Cherokee" at the top of the tower.
Mick Samsel, chamber board member, and Joni DeVos, chamber director, were present at the Tuesday Cherokee City Council meeting to discuss possible options for water tower painting.
One project that was regarded as impractical by everyone present was an ornate design involving a tree and river applied on two sides of the tower that would cost $20,000.
There was some disagreement and uncertainty regarding the price of the more modest motto painting.
Samsel believes it is something less than the $5,500 originally reported at a previous council meeting ($6,500 for three sides) because he believes that the $5,500 includes the painting of all of the lettering including the word Cherokee that the city would pay for anyway.
He said the chamber might be willing to pay the difference in cost but the chamber was not able to get a quorum present to vote on the matter since people were out of town on vacation. He said a vote would likely be possible next week.
The council voted to authorize the addition of the motto to the water tower on the condition that the chamber pays the increase in cost. The council would not likely have a chance to vote on the matter again since there is a three-week period until the next council meeting. This occurs when there are five Tuesdays in a month.