Wall paintings to be replaced by murals

A display of public art and history here will be getting a new look this summer.

The east wall of a building at 254 Main Street West currently features painted images of Palmerston area history created by local artist Brian Dalton.

At the July 28 Minto council meeting, economic and business manager Belinda Wick-Graham advised the images have become weathered and chipped over the years.

In 2013, the Palmerston Downtown Revitalization Committee had a series of murals produced for the wall and made arrangements with the building owner to have them installed.

“In order to install the new murals the wall needs to be painted and due to unforeseen circumstances this was not able to be accomplished in 2013 or 2014,” states  a staff report on the project. “In order to move this project forward the Palmerston Downtown Revitalization Committee approved that a portion of their 2015 capital budget would go towards painting this wall so that these murals can be installed.”

The cost to repaint  the wall is estimated at $2,750. Council approved a bylaw authorizing the mayor and CAO to enter an agreement with building owner Don Madill for the installation of the murals. The town will pay a nominal fee of $1 for the right to display the murals.