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Johnsburg board mulls funding for Depot Museum

North Creek Depot Museum

North Creek Depot Museum Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Olesheski suggested the museum board explore applying for occupancy tax funding if the town decides to discontinue funding the museum. Or, Olesheski said, they could find other ways to raise money. Olesheski angered many in the room when he told museum board members that he found it hard to believe that loss of the town’s funding would mean the museum would possibly collapse.

“Collapse is not only possible,” Miner responded. “Collapse is probable without the town’s support.”

Resident Dave Bulmer also took issue with Olesheski’s comments.

“We can’t turn our back on our history,” Bulmer said. “Peter’s comments are unfortunate. We should put together a committee to …(find a solution to this situation). We shouldn’t make such strident comments.”

Councilman Gene Arsenault agreed, saying now was not the time to turn the town’s back on a group of volunteers that has contributed so much to the town.

“You all should be commended for what you’ve done,” Arsenault said. “We should be saying how can we come together to make this work?”

Vanselow stressed that this was just the beginning of the conversation and that no decisions had been made regarding the budget or funding for the museum.

“I will continue discussions to see how we can do this legally,” Vanselow said. “This is the start of a conversation. …There is a lot of passion, a lot of emotion. …This is the beginning. There will be more.”

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