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Survey for Newhall roundabout expected to be up Friday

Posted: October 17, 2013 7:21 p.m.
Updated: October 17, 2013 7:21 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - The center of the Newhall roundabout has recently become the center of attention for the project itself, with the city launching a survey to ask the community what they would like to see accompany the new traffic feature.

By this evening, residents will be able to fill out the city’s survey online on its website or at several locations around Santa Clarita — City Hall, the city’s community centers and the three public library branches in Canyon Country, Newhall and Valencia, according to city Arts and Events Administrator Phil Lantis.

“It’s an opportunity for residents to let the city and Arts Commission know what they would like to see go into the roundabout,” Lantis said.

Originally, the plan was to put a public art piece in the center of the roundabout, which is being constructed at the intersection of Newhall Avenue, Fifth Street and Main Street next to William S. Hart Park.

After a process, the Santa Clarita Arts Commission selected two art works for consideration: Michael Clapper’s “Western Reel,” a circular film strip meant to mark Santa Clarita’s film heritage, and Michael Duffy’s “Facing the Sun, Facing the Future,” a dome structure lit with programmed lights meant to be reminiscent of a traditional home of the Tataviam people.

But in September, members of the public expressed misgivings about the two finalists and the City Council directed city staff members to reopen the process and gather more public input.

Lantis said a public art piece is still an option, but residents can also indicate if they would like to see other things, such as landscaping, a water feature or perhaps a large tree go in the middle of the roundabout instead.

“The purpose of the survey is to go to the community and ask, ‘OK, what do you want to see?’” Lantis said.

Lantis said the survey will likely run through the rest of the month, with city staff presenting the results to council members during a City Council meeting in November.
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