City council has approved the purchase of a mural from Mosaic Canada in order to celebrate Canada 150.
Mosaic Canada Murals approached the city in November to see if they wanted to take part in the project, where its goal is to create 150 murals across Canada.
“I felt it was important, and as council’s direction, they felt it as well, it was an opportunity to capture just a little piece of time and leave a memory for those that come behind us, and I think that’s really important,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
History and having a legacy within the city, Aalbers mentioned was key.
“This is part of our history, and if we don’t capture it we will miss it,” he added.
Council has approved the purchase, but has not stated which size they would like, as they have asked for more information. The sizes include and an 8x8 mural for $12,500 plus GST or 8x12 for $15,000 plus GST. However, the project is an unbudgeted item.
The consensus of the councillors was in favour of the project, except for Coun. Aaron Buckingham, who had some reservations about it.
“We just came through a really tough budget cycle, we really did, and this is an unbudgeted item for 2018. I have to look at that and go ‘look at this from a taxpayer standpoint, is this money well spent?’” he said.
Even though he is against spending the money for the mural, he said he respects the decision that was made.
Since it is unbudgeted, it was suggested to charge a fee of $20 per painted tile to help offset the costs of the project. They are also hoping to get sponsorship throughout the community to help with the cost.
“The movement I heard inside council chambers today was that people want to take part in this, there is some interest in the community. We are going to build the best thing we can build for the best dollar value,” said Aalbers.
If the 8x8 mural is chosen it will use up to 400 participants, while the 8x12 mural will have up to 600 participants.
Aalbers suggested finding the participants needed for the projects would be no problem because of the arts and culture scenes within the Border City.
“This is an opportunity for some people that may not support other things or people who support all sorts of things to say ‘yeah I want to put my name on that or be part of that event,’” he said.
Locations suggested for the mural include downtown locations, Bio-Clean Aquatic Centre, Servus Sports Centre and Bud Miller Park Centre.
It is recommended that they create a committee to select the best location.