City committee to co-ordinate permanent Humboldt Broncos memorial

Humboldt council has decided to create a city committee tasked with organizing a memorial to remember those affected by the Humboldt Broncos crash.

“We’ve had a lot of people asking and wanting to contribute to doing some sort of permanent memorial,” said Rob Muench, Humboldt’s mayor, adding that council felt a committee will help ensure the broader community, the hockey team and the families of those affected are represented.

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The committee, which was approved at the Nov. 26 council meeting, will have up to two members from council, up to two members from the team, up to two members representing the survivors and the families of those lost, and up to two members of the city’s public arts committee. They will serve for a two year term.

“If we’re going to proceed with something, we just decided we needed to get some input from the broader community before we go ahead with anything because we want to make sure that whatever we do is done right with respect for the families and the players that were unfortunately lost,” Muench said.

The committee will look for locations, consider proposals for construction, review any artwork and provide guidance to city officials

The goal is to have the committee in place as soon as possible. Since the holidays are coming up, Muench expects that will probably happen in the new year.

“I feel that at some point we’re going to have to get some public input as well, just before we proceed with something.”

At this point, the committee wouldn’t be dealing with a permanent memorial at the crash site. As the temporary memorial is on land owned by the RM of Connaught along a provincial highway, something with a broader perspective would probably be needed, the mayor said.

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