Council OKs Kirkbride photo projectPublished 10:54am Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Regional Treatment Center will be preserved, at least through the photographs taken during Project Kirkbride. It was officially approved unanimously by the Fergus Falls City Council Monday night.
“It’ll be a good project,” said Mayor Hal Leland.
Project Kirkbride will be May 4 at the RTC from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Project organizer Christian VanAntwerpen, who lives out of state, called in to the meeting as City Administrator Mark Sievert went over the final list of requirements needed in order for the project to happen.
The list of requirements included the following: Three to five city staff personnel would be available to monitor the project May 4 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.); the group will provide a $1,500 deposit to the city for staff time and electricity; Friends of the Kirkbride will serve as the guides for the project; the East wing of the RTC will be available but not the tunnels, and photographers will need to provide their own safety equipment for the areas of the RTC deemed unsafe; everyone with the project will need to sign waivers; Friends of the Kirkbride tours will be conducted May 3 and May 5 with no city staff present; the group will provide a list of names for all the people who are part of the project and the designated areas they will be in the RTC (which Sievert has already received); the project needs to provide commercial general liability insurance by April 26.
“Based on that, I think we have all our bases covered,” Sievert said.
VanAntwerpen was agreeable to all of the conditions. He also asked for an assistant from the city to help with guidance at the RTC, which he’d be willing to pay more money for, he said. Sievert said that should be fine.
The purpose of the project is to preserve the memory of the Kirkbride’s service as a state hospital before it’s either re-purposed or demolished. The photos would be placed on a website where they would be interactively viewable to the public.