Museum won't need to repay part of loan
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will not have to repay $100,000 of a $300,000 loan from Washington County for a museum courtyard enclosure project, the Washington County Commissioners decided Tuesday.
The commissioners voted 3-1 to convert that portion of the loan to a grant in response to a request from museum officials.
Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire voted against the decision and Commissioners President John F. Barr abstained, saying his company, Ellsworth Electric, had ties to the project.
The $2.5 million courtyard enclosure project is under construction.
The museum is working to raise private funds to reach that total, Museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane and Board of Trustees representatives Thomas Newcomer and Brad Pingray told the commissioners.