- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Officials in a southeastern Idaho city and the owner of a historic building are feuding over the fate of a mural that didn’t receive approval before being painted.

The Pocatello City Council will decide the fate of a horse mural on the side of a firehouse building downtown after the city’s Historic Preservation Commission recommended it be removed, The Idaho State Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1TS0cxu).

Artist Stan Gates owns the building and commissioned another artist to paint a mural to cover and preserve a crumbling exterior brink wall.

“There was a building there once and when it came down it exposed these bricks that weren’t meant to be exposed,” said Gates. “Every day I’d find bricks on the ground. I knew I’d have to stucco it. But being an artist, I thought ‘why just stucco it?’”

However Gates failed to request permission from the city to paint the mural. The city issued a notice telling Gates to remove the mural just days after the painting of horses won an award from Old Town Pocatello Inc.

“We received complaints from two people who felt it was unfair that they were jumping through the hoops when he didn’t have to,” said Terri Neu, the assistant city planner and liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Gates submitted the appropriate paperwork for the mural, but the commission denied his request, saying proper procedures weren’t followed.

Gates is appealing the Historic Preservation Commission’s decision at the City Council meeting on Thursday

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Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com

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