ALBERTON -- More than seven weeks after a mural was unveiled celebrating the centennial of Alberton’s incorporation, town council has cleared the way for the artist to be paid for her work.
Before that could happen, however, council had to rescind a motion dealing with the way the mural project was to be awarded and introduce three new motions.
In the meantime, the mural has remained leaning against a wall in council chambers at the very spot where it was unveiled on November 22. Council had identified during the December monthly meeting where in council chambers the mural, which depicts the very first meeting of Town Council in May, 1913, will be mounted.
Councilor Blair Duggan got the process back on track Monday night, rescinding a motion that had called for expressions of interest in the mural project to be sought through ads in local media and replaced with one that reflected how the process was actually carried out – five local artists, identified by the West Prince Arts Council, were invited to submit proposals.
Of those five artists, two expressed interest in the project, and Tyne Valley artist Nan Ferrier was commissioned to complete the work.
As the original intent was to have a mural five feet wide by seven feet high, Duggan introduced a motion calling for the actual five by six foot size to be accepted, and he put through a final motion that the town pay an invoice for $2,523 to cover artist fees and related costs. The town had already covered the cost of the canvas.