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County offers helping hand to Pulaski

With the Town of Pulaski on the verge of losing grant money for construction of a new Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum, Pulaski County wants to know what it can do to help.
Frank Conner, vice chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, and County Administrator Peter Huber approached Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell Thursday to ask if the county could do something to help see that museum plans move forward.
The three were attending a meeting of the Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority in Fairlawn.
Pulaski Town Council members learned earlier this week that the town has 45 days to submit a plan of action for the museum to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Otherwise, at least $600,000 in grant money set aside for the museum will be reassigned to some other project in the commonwealth.
Conner, Huber and Worrell agreed it is important that something be done to accommodate Dr. Milton Brockmeyer’s train set, which also is a replica of downtown Pulaski.
Brockmeyer has offered to donate the set to the town for display in the museum.
However, there isn’t sufficient space in the current museum in the old train station at the corner of Dora Highway and Washington Avenue.
Worrell said he is concerned the town could lose the train set for good if something isn’t done soon.
The county administrator suggested the county might be able to store the train set for the town.
Worrell thanked Conner and Huber for the county’s offer of assistance.
The Pulaski Town Council has scheduled a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. to discuss the museum and funding situation so it can respond to the Virginia Department of Transportation prior to the end-of-September deadline.
You may contact Melinda Williams by emailing her at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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County offers helping hand to Pulaski

With the Town of Pulaski on the verge of losing grant money for construction of a new Raymond F. Ratcliffe Museum, Pulaski County wants to know what it can do to help.
Frank Conner, vice chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, and County Administrator Peter Huber approached Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell Thursday to ask if the county could do something to help see that museum plans move forward.
The three were attending a meeting of the Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority in Fairlawn.
Pulaski Town Council members learned earlier this week that the town has 45 days to submit a plan of action for the museum to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Otherwise, at least $600,000 in grant money set aside for the museum will be reassigned to some other project in the commonwealth.
Conner, Huber and Worrell agreed it is important that something be done to accommodate Dr. Milton Brockmeyer’s train set, which also is a replica of downtown Pulaski.
Brockmeyer has offered to donate the set to the town for display in the museum.
However, there isn’t sufficient space in the current museum in the old train station at the corner of Dora Highway and Washington Avenue.
Worrell said he is concerned the town could lose the train set for good if something isn’t done soon.
The county administrator suggested the county might be able to store the train set for the town.
Worrell thanked Conner and Huber for the county’s offer of assistance.
The Pulaski Town Council has scheduled a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. to discuss the museum and funding situation so it can respond to the Virginia Department of Transportation prior to the end-of-September deadline.
You may contact Melinda Williams by emailing her at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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