Last updated: June 09. 2014 11:38AM - 120 Views
By Kevin Boozer kboozer@civitasmedia.com

Bob Montgomery discusses progress and challenges at the Newberry museum site.
Bob Montgomery discusses progress and challenges at the Newberry museum site.
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NEWBERRY — The old library/post office building is undergoing a name change as part of its renovation process.

The Newberry County Historical Society informed Newberry County Council that the building now should be called the Taylor Building in reference to historic architect who designed it rather than continuing to call it the old library or old post office.

Bob Montgomery and Denise Reid updated council last week on the Newberry County/Newberry College museum project.

Montgomery thanked county council for its support and mentioned how the museum would stimulate economic development and prompt community development.

Reid unveiled a draft of the museum logo, a wheel with a hub at its center representing the museum and spokes that denote Newberry College and area municipalities. The logo continues to be refined.

Reid said the group’s mission statement and vision are written as is its charter. The constitution has been approved.

A nine-member board of trustees was approved as were five ex-officio members and officers have been elected. The organization has an IRS identification number and will apply July 1 for nonprofit status.

Reid said the organization has discussed grant opportunities through Bank of America and believes the project’s educational, job creation and community development components make it a strong candidate for a grant in the future.

Montgomery mentioned erosion and weed issues that arose after vegetation was cleared around the building and he shared a plan developed a year ago for low and low maintenance landscaping.

The historical society plans to hold a celebration on Sept. 28 of its 50th anniversary in the museum location. They hope to have landscaping done prior to the event.

Montgomery believes people from inside and outside Newberry will visit.

Hipp thanked the group for its work to make a vision become an emerging reality.

County Administrator Wayne Adams gave an update on the status of envelope preservation work.

The contractor defaulted on the job so the performance bond company asked the county to have the next three lowest bidders finish the job.

Bids are due June 11. Adams said the weeds were temporarily cut back and they county tries to remain mindful of that.

“We apologize for the state of the project at this point but doe to the performance bond issue (there have been delays),” Adams said.

In other business:

• Councilman Les Hipp nominated Milton Price for the District 5 seat on the new recreation commission. The motion passed 6-0.

• Adams reported Jason Barnes spoke at a Monday committee meeting, asking for more availability for recreations fields for youth baseball, citing increased participation.

• Ron Powell inspected the old Jaycee hut and Adams said the county will have an asbestos study done before making plans to raze the building.

• The Newberry Pistol Club building has been improved significantly, according to Adams, especially in electrical areas and the club plans to continue to renovate it.

• Mike Pisano gave an update on the Maybinton ballfield that now is in use. Each week the county will mow grass outside the fence. The community is responsible for grass inside the fence.

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