Brother Asaiah statue hearing is Feb. 27

The Homer Public Arts Committee holds a special meeting and public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Cowles Council Chambers, City Hall, on a proposal to accept a donation of a bronze statue of Brother Asaiah Bates and place it at WKFL Park as a permanent memorial. The Homer City Council had asked the Public Arts Committee to hold a hearing at its meeting last week, but the hearing was scheduled for a special meeting to meet public notice requirements. In a proclamation on Feb. 10, Mayor Beth Wythe declared Feb. 14 as Brother Asaiah Bates Day.

Homer artist Leo Vait has been commissioned to make a bronze statue of Brother Asaiah. An application to the city to accept the art asked that it be placed at WKFL Park at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Heath Street. The Public Arts Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee considered the application and sent it to the Homer City Council for its decision. The council sent the application back to the Public Arts Committee for a hearing.

Comment can be made at the meeting, or in writing to the Public Arts Committee, 491 E. Pioneer Ave., Homer AK 99603, or email by 4 p.m. Feb. 27. 

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