Sparwood council approves miner memorial statue

On Mar. 7 the District of Sparwood Council voted to approve the construction of a life-size bronze statue of a miner.

On Mar. 7 the District of Sparwood Council voted to approve the Miners Memorial Committee recommendations for a life-size bronze statue of a miner. The statue will cost $58,000 before taxes.

The district will also be accepting donations that will go towards the memorial costs, landscaping and miner recognition.

“There still remains landscaping and recognition of the miners who have lost their lives in mine disasters around our community,” said Terry Melcer, Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Sparwood in the Mar. 7 council meeting. “We are hoping to kick off some fundraising now that the actual art has been selected and we should be reporting back to council shortly on its location.”

Donors who meet or exceed $30 will also receive a tax deductable receipt.

“Any funds that are donated by members of the community, the Director of Finance [will] be able to provide a tax deductable donations receipt for any donations that are $30 or greater,” said Melcer.

Nathan Scott has been chosen as the artist who will create the instillation.