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Museum plans progress

Preparations for the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum are “moving forward fairly well,” according to Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley.
He said there is “a lot of paperwork” that has to be filled out to secure the Virginia Department of Transportation grant funds that will be used to help fund construction of a new museum, but, Hawley said, the form required to initiate the project has already been signed.
Faced with the likelihood funds already budgeted would be lost if they didn’t act soon, the Pulaski Town Council voted in September to move forward with the project.
Hawley said that the forms also have been prepared for Dr. Milton Brockmeyer’s train set to be either donated or loaned to the town.
“Now, we need to look at a way to maintain (the train) if we can get it going (running),” Hawley added.
The museum will be built on a parcel of land adjacent to Maple Shade Shopping Center.
The parcel was retained for the museum when the shopping center was sold to Pulaski County.
The Town received a letter from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in September stating that about $600,000 in grant money set aside for the museum would be reassigned to another state project unless the town could show an intent to move forward with the project.
The Town of Pulaski was given 45 days — essentially until the end of September — to respond or to risk losing the funding.

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Museum plans progress

Preparations for the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Museum are “moving forward fairly well,” according to Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley.
He said there is “a lot of paperwork” that has to be filled out to secure the Virginia Department of Transportation grant funds that will be used to help fund construction of a new museum, but, Hawley said, the form required to initiate the project has already been signed.
Faced with the likelihood funds already budgeted would be lost if they didn’t act soon, the Pulaski Town Council voted in September to move forward with the project.
Hawley said that the forms also have been prepared for Dr. Milton Brockmeyer’s train set to be either donated or loaned to the town.
“Now, we need to look at a way to maintain (the train) if we can get it going (running),” Hawley added.
The museum will be built on a parcel of land adjacent to Maple Shade Shopping Center.
The parcel was retained for the museum when the shopping center was sold to Pulaski County.
The Town received a letter from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in September stating that about $600,000 in grant money set aside for the museum would be reassigned to another state project unless the town could show an intent to move forward with the project.
The Town of Pulaski was given 45 days — essentially until the end of September — to respond or to risk losing the funding.

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