Now that most of the exterior work on the train station has been completed, it’s time for Pulaski Town Council to turn its attention to the interior furnishings.
Council members gathered at the train station at the end of Tuesday’s work session to see the status of the project and discuss flooring options and electronics requirements. Town Engineer Bill Pedigo said a decision on audio visual equipment placement will have to be made soon because workers are getting ready to install the walls and will need to get the wiring in place first.
No action was taken Tuesday, but Mayor Jeff Worrell asked council to be prepared to make decisions at the Aug. 10 meeting.
Areas of disagreement between council members included whether to purchase a widescreen LCD television or projector equipment for presentations; whether to have a projection screen that is pulled down manually or electronically, if projection equipment is purchased; and whether to install carpet or some other kind of flooring.
The biggest area of contention was the projection screen.
Councilman Morgan Welker indicated he would prefer a couple-hundred-dollar manually controlled screen because an electronically-controlled screen would be “one more thing to break” and is more expensive (estimated at about $2,000).
Most other council members seemed inclined to go with an electronically controlled screen that would be fully retractable into the attic area. They noted that the depot is a historical landmark and should be top notch since the town is hoping to draw in state and regional boards to hold meetings there, as well as rent the facility for other functions such as wedding receptions. Besides, a staff member added, it would not look good to have a cord hanging into the room from the screen.
Welker said he would rather see the money put into nice furniture than buying an electronic screen and modular furniture. As for the cord, he noted that most screens come with a pole that can be used to pull the screen down, so no cord would be needed.
Based on estimates provided to council, the audio-visual equipment package, including a projector and electronic screen, indoor and outdoor audio system and installation, would cost around $11,000.
Council members also had mixed emotions on whether to install carpet in the train station due to the unlevel cement floor. There was also discussion of using new decorative concrete.