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City of Independence
BILL NO. 21-026Ord.No:          19223

Agenda Title:

21-026 - 2R.  An ordinance finding, determining and declaring the necessity of acquiring Façade Easements for the Truman Mural and Trails Mural Project; authorizing negotiation with the property owners authorizing the use of experts as needed; and authorizing and directing the execution of documents in conjunction with the Project.

Approval of the ordinance is recommended
Executive Summary:

This ordinance provides for the acquisition of façade easements for the Truman Mural and Trails Mural project.


The Truman Mural and Trails Mural project is comprised of two murals which will be placed on the Independence Square. Each mural is made up of eight hand painted panels. Both murals will be eight feet tall by thirty-two feet wide when installed. The Truman mural depicts the life and accomplishments of President Harry S. Truman. The Trails mural depicts the history of the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails, which all began at Independence, Missouri, the “Queen City of the Trails.” 

This project began as an initiative of the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on the Arts. The Commission requested City staff to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for the design of the murals in May 2019. It was originally anticipated that the two murals would be placed on the bridge underpass at Delaware Street and US 24 Hwy. However, due to the COVID19 pandemic, funding for the project was reallocated and the project was halted. The project was able to move forward once a Square TIF District Façade grant was obtained to provide funding for the project. Two business owners on the Square have agreed to allow the murals to be installed on their building façades.

This ordinance would provide authorization to obtain two façade easements for the installation of the Truman and Trails murals.


Fiscal Impact:

The fiscal impact to the City is approximately $500 for staff time for review. The costs of the mural will be paid from a grant provided by the Square TIF District

Department:          Municipal ServicesContact Person:          Lisa Phelps

Public Works DepartmentRejected
Public Works DepartmentApproved
Public Works DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          First ReadingCouncil Action:         

Ordinance Ordinance
Mural Exhibits Exhibit