Mural Commission


On-call basis


Michelle Jensen
Dick Cox



That there is hereby established the Sterling Mural Commission to be composed of three persons appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council for the terms of three years. That the initial members of the Commission shall serve as follows: One member for one year; one member for two years; and one member for three years. Thereafter, all appointees shall serve for terms of three years. Members may be reappointed. Members shall be appointed based upon their individual qualifications, reflecting a demonstrated interest in the history and culture of the city and in the arts. Members may be nonresidents of the city. The members of the Commission shall elect one of their members to serve as chairman or chairwoman, and one member to serve as secretary.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

City.  The City of Sterling. 

Mural.  A mural is a painting or rendering of a noncommercial nature painted or affixed to the exterior wall of a building or structure.

 The mural commission shall have the following powers and duties:

(1)   Review all applications for a permit to paint murals;

(2)   To meet and consult with applicants for permits;

(3)   To provide information and resource material to applicants for permits;

(4)   To advise and encourage applicants for permits to design murals consistent with the purpose for which this division is adopted; and

(5)   To render an advisory recommendation to the department of community development upon the completion of the review of applications for mural permits.

 The mural commission shall review each application in accordance with the following standards:

(1)   The compatibility of the proposed mural with the purposes for which the commission was established, to-wit:

a.   To enhance the beauty and attractiveness of the city;

b.   To promote the city as a retail and service area of the city;

c.   To educate citizens of the city and surrounding areas about the city's heritage and history;

d.   To build pride in the city; and

e.   To promote tourism in the city and surrounding areas.

(2)   The visual compatibility of the proposed mural considering the style and architecture of the building or structure on which the mural is to be painted or affixed, and the style and architecture of adjacent buildings and other murals which may have been painted or affixed in the city and including:

a.   The height and width of the building on which the mural is to be painted;

b.   The rhythm of solids and voids in front facades, and the rhythm of spacing and buildings on street;