Harrison Hot Springs Village Hall. (File Photo)

Harrison council approves public art policy

New regulation guides public art review, placement

Harrison Hot Springs has cemented a public art policy.

The village council unanimously approved the policy, which has been in the works since February 2020. The Public Art Committee created the policy to regulate the type, acquisition, placement and maintenance of art pieces to be placed on public land throughout the village.

Potential public art pieces will be subject to review by a public art panel, a nine-member panel that consists of one member of the Tourism Harrison Board of Directors, three members nominated by the Harrison-Agassiz Chamber of Commerce, four members nominated by the Kent-Harrison Arts Council and one member from the broader community. The policy indicates that the village will maintain a list of locations for potential public art placement.

In other council business:

– Mayor Leo Facio paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

“All Canadians are deeply saddened by the passing of the Queen and here in the village she will be remembered for her grace and generosity, her humour and compassion, and her love of her subjects,” Facio said. “We will remember her always.”

– Harrison Festival Society artistic and executive director Andy Hillhouse has asked council to consider changing its meeting nights to another weeknights to allow weekend access to Memorial Hall. In a letter to council, Hillhouse said while the Festival Society appreciated moving meetings back to the village hall for the summer for the Harrison Festival of the Arts, that still leaves the Season of the Performing Arts – which runs from September to April – unaddressed.

“Staff have informed us that we are not able to access the hall on weekends preceding council meetings, due to the need to set up and potentially troubleshoot any tech issues that might arise for the Monday meetings,” Hillhouse wrote. “This leaves the hall empty on weekends before Council meetings. This lack of access severely impacts our Season planning, as we try to space out concerts at three or four week intervals. We also need flexibility to respond to the touring schedules of artists and to work around other conflicting events.”

Village staff has been asked to provide recommendations.

– Council approved of a development variance permit for three properties on Hot Springs Road. THis marks the third phase of an ongoing expansion of Springs RV Resort.

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