Delay for Railway Pavilion Project Request
The museum has requested a donation from the Regional District of Fraser Fort George to help it reach its funding goal of $1.2 million dollars.
The museum is asking for $100 thousand dollars, but making that kind of money available in the form of a grant has drawn mixed reaction from the Directors on the Board.
Director Terry Burgess says if the pavilion isn’t built “It would be a crime” but at the same time, if a one time grant of $100 thousand dollars was made available, he wouldn’t want other cultural sites to think the “well would be open”.
Director Bill Empy supports a one time grant of $100 thousand, “It’s really a project that’s going to preserve the history of this area”.
Director Murry Krause notes that while everyone knows the museum is important, he was not in favour of making the grant available “This would be precedent setting” and added “It would be a mistake.” Director Lara Beckett also expressed concerns about setting a precedent and said she would put forth a motion that Regional District Administration work with the Forestry Museum on submitting a new application to Northern Development Initiative Trust to see if there is grant money available.
Director Warren Wilson was also in favour of making grant money available “I don’t think we want to miss the opportunity to build this.”
The problem for the Regional District is that it will look at its final draft budget next month. Making this kind of grant available would bump up the overall requisition by .55%.
Board Chair Art Kaehn said “It is sad to see those railcars covered in tarps” but says there is a lot more to this topic that should be explored, “I think this topic needs a more thorough discussion”. The discussion has been recessed until one day in the week of the 27th. The date has yet to be finalized , but will be publicized.