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Progress report sought on railroad museum

October 05, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman will ask Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Inc. officials if they can give him and the Town Council a progress report about the museum next Monday.

Councilman Russ Weaver said a museum official told him the group had made some progress in plans to finish renovating the former railroad station into a museum, but still needs more help.

Denise Troxell, the museum's vice president, said in July that close to $30,000 in money or services needed to be raised to complete the museum. Slated to cost an estimated $160,000, the project exceeded its original budget and failed to receive additional financial support from the Sharpsburg Town Council in early June.

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At Monday night's monthly town meeting, Councilman Russ Weaver said he's "big" on the project because the property is historic. But if there isn't enough support on the council to push the project through, the council should give the building back to the county or turn the deed over to the museum group, he said.

Council members J.W. Eichelberger and Patti Hammond said they hadn't seen progress made at the museum. Eichelberger said trash and weeds litter the property.

Weaver said museum officials tried to remove the trash but stopped after some of them were stung by hornets in the trash. They are waiting until a freeze to remove the trash, he said.

Spielman will check to see if museum officials can meet with town officials at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

If the two groups meet then, the Memorial Day Parade Committee meeting originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. that night will follow the meeting with museum officials, Spielman said.

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