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Train museum right on track

Train museum right on track

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 9:08 pm

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
South Fulton’s railroad museum is right on track.
The South Fulton City Commission learned at its session Thursday evening that it’s now on record in Nashville that South Fulton has a railroad museum.
J.D. Cruce, who oversees the Twin Cities Railroad Museum, which is located in the South Fulton Municipal Building, said the Tennessee Museums Association has indicated the South Fulton museum is “doing good.”
The museum, which opened in April 2008, has a museum board and is a non-profit venture operated entirely by volunteers. There is no admission charge and Cruce said the museum has no plans of being any cost to the city, adding that the museum is “in line to get a grant.”
Cruce said in addition to many interesting railroad-themed exhibits and displays, the museum also offers several railroad safety programs for children and adults.
It was noted by Cruce that no agreement was ever filed with the city to show that the railroad museum occupies space in the municipal building. Museum board member Pete Algee said there needs to be something in writing to indicate the museum has the right to occupy space in the municipal building, just as a precaution for any future changes in the city’s management or elected officials.
South Fulton city manager Jeff Vowell recommended the adoption of a resolution similar to an agreement that allows the local Shriners to use space in the municipal building. He said it could indicate the city appreciates the railroad museum and welcomes it.
Vowell indicated he will draft something and have it ready for presentation at next month’s meeting.
In other action during Thursday evening’s meeting, which was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and with prayer led by commissioner Tony Perry, the city commission:
• Approved the second reading of an ordinance prohibiting yard waste in the city’s sewer system.
• Heard an update from Obion County General Sessions Judge Jimmy Smith regarding court operations and the availability of community service workers who are on probation. Smith said people placed on probation are being required to do an average of 40 hours of community service and he believes many local city governments could use them for various jobs.
He also explained he is placing a big emphasis on adult learning and developing a more detailed program for defendants being required to obtain their GEDs. He said the Obion County Adult Learning Center is one of the best in Tennessee.
• Heard briefly from Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire, who said he appreciates the cooperation he has received from South Fulton city officials, particularly in liquidating delinquent properties in the past year.
• Learned the city’s spring cleanup week has been scheduled for April 26-30, during which times residents are asked to set out their debris and call either City Hall or public works to arrange for pickup. Vowell said city crews no longer drive every street in search of items due to fuel costs.
• Learned additional funding has become available for COPS grants to help police departments and the city is back in consideration for funding after not being chosen for funding during the first phase of grants.
• Was told roof work should begin at the end of the month at the South Fulton Municipal Building.
• Was informed by Vowell that he has been talking with Atmos in regard to a gas contract and a renewal for a three-year term. He said dealings with the company have gone well and he has been able to work well with them.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.16.10

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