CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council heard an update on CRA projects during their Tuesday meeting, including the upcoming “Paint the Plug” fire hydrant painting contest, being presented by the Washington County Arts Council.


CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council heard an update on CRA projects during their Tuesday meeting, including the upcoming “Paint the Plug” fire hydrant painting contest, being presented by the Washington County Arts Council.



The council approved appointing Angela Grantham to the Chipley Community Redevelopment Agency board.



Grantham will complete the term of Greg Baxley, which expires in January 2016.



Washington County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ted Everett also updated the council on CRA activities.



“We are planning a Chili Cook-off at the museum on the day of the Christmas parade,” Everett said. “We want to have four to six teams compete, and we invite you the council to come be judges.”



Everett said the “Paint the Plug” project should be completed by March, and the Arts Council has come up with guidelines for the project.



“We are providing the paint and brushes, and the Arts Council is handling the art,” Everett said. “They are going to involve Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and various school organizations, and I think this is going to be an exciting project.”



The topics of the fire plug paintings will be reviewed and approved by the Arts Council. In other towns, fire hydrants have been painted as subjects such as video game character Mario, Dalmatians wearing fire helmets, or flowers.



According to the rules of the fire hydrant painting contest, the design should be “appropriate for a public space and should not endorse an individual, business, be political in nature, or be offensive in any way.”



The registration period to paint a hydrant began Nov. 1 and runs until Jan. 6. A fee of $25 to enter per hydrant will be used to fund scholarships.



For rules and an application, visit washingtoncountyartscouncil.org, or contact Suzan Gage at 693-0808 or Tonya Pippin at 638-7700.



Everett said he would like to see the Arts Council handle the proposed downtown mural projects in the future, as well.



In other business, the council renewed its contract with City Attorney Michelle Blankenship Tagert, and increased her monthly retainer from $350 to $500.



“Thank you for all you do for the city,” Mayor Linda Cain said to Tagert. “You do a wonderful job for us.”