Controversial mural items to hit the floor Monday

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Burlington City Council will be voting on whether to appoint a task force to “reimagine” the ‘Everyone Loves a Parade’ mural.

The mural has been under scrutiny for not representing a diverse population.

“It does lack diversity and it feels a little bit like a billboard for advertising for Church Street,” Pam McNickle said.

McNickle was visiting her son from Florida. She said she’s seen the mural a handful of times.

A resolution to appoint a seven member task force, sponsored by Councilor Joan Shannon, will hit the floor Monday evening. If adopted people could apply to help plan a new mural and how to pay for it. The task force would later report its findings sometime this summer.

The city attorney will also report finds as to who the mural belongs to: the city or the Church Street Marketplace.

“The city owns the mural but there’s also an agreement with the artist that the mural is going to be displayed for ten years and I think we’re maybe four or five years into that,” Councilor Shannon said.

The mural is required to be there for years unless the artist agrees to new terms.

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