Commissioners receive update on Meigs Museum


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners heard concerns from the Historical Society, as well as a recap of the recent county clean up day during Thursday’s meeting.

Representatives from the Meigs County Historical Society were in attendance at the meeting to complete their latest fundraiser raffle, as well as talk about problems with the current museum building and their upcoming move to Middleport.

Museum co-director Vicki Hanson explained that the group had been cleaning out the building in which the museum was housed at one time, and where items are still stored. In the back room, there were numerous copies of the Meigs County history book, volume II, which have been destroyed by mold.

Mold has been found along the back wall of the building, where there has been water damage from the hillside behind the building.

The commissioners asked if the historical society had approached their insurance about a claim, as it is approximately $20,000 in merchandise which has been lost. They will be looking into it.

The museum has been operating out of the annex building, but will be moving in the future to Third Avenue in Middleport.

The buildings which formerly housed Pat Hill Ford and Thomas Do-It Rental Center, as well as another building at the site have been donated to the historical society by the Hall family for use as the museum.

There is renovation work to take place on the buildings before a move could take place.

The commissioners also discussed possible capital budget funding and grant funding for the project, with future meetings to be set up on the matter.

Commissioner Mike Bartrum drew the name for the “Yak Pack” which included two kayaks, two Yeti tumblers and other items. The pack was won by Curtis Casto. Casto previously won the four-wheeler raffled off by the Historical Society. The fundraiser brought in around $700 for the historical society and museum.

In other business, the commissioners approved the acceptance, and partial rejection, of a bid for a truck for the engineer’s office as recommended by Engineer Gene Triplett.

A recommendation to add a representative from Integrated Services as a voting member to the Family and Children First Council was accepted.

Grants Administrator Betsy Entsminger told the commissioners that a total of 117.04 tons of material were collected during the recent clean up day, including approximately 1,644 tires.

The commissioners expressed their thanks to all of the volunteers who took time to help out with the event, as well as the residents of the county who took time to wait in line to drop off their items.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com