Five years ago, the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley asked city council members to name College Station's new art center after Dr. P. David Romei. Thursday night, it asked city council members, to take his name off the building.
Now, weeks after Romei was convicted of stealing city money, the Arts Council wants the former arts center director's name removed from six locations on the building.
The Arts Council also asked the city for a $5,000 allowance to make that happen.
In a six-to-one vote, the city council approved paying to remove the name, but not before one Arts Council member asked that the burden to do so not be placed on taxpayers.
"Have any donors who contributed to the effort of getting that building built and named offered to fund these renovations, or have they even been approached about it yet?" asked Arts Council member David Hart.
"I will remain a supporter of the Arts Council, but I'm not going to support the funding of the removal," said Place 2 Member James Massey, who cast the lone dissenting vote.
"Developing a major fundraiser, going out and asking for donors was precluded by the sense of immediacy that we were feeling at the time," said Carol Wagner of the Arts Council Brazos Valley.
"I think the community is sick and tired of this," said Place 3 Member Dennis Maloney, who made the motion to approve the Arts Council's request. "Let's move on, We're past this now. I'm sure -- I'm hopeful anyway -- that the citizens will come by and we'll find some way to get the $5,000 back to do this."
It's unclear how soon work could begin on removing Romei's name from the building.
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