During the regular meeting of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, board members heard a presentation from Crossroads Museum Director Brandy Steen and museum board member Lee Thurner regarding a request for funds for the project which would provide housing to display the 1924 American LaFrance pumper fire truck on loan to the museum. The City of Corinth loaned the truck to the museum in hopes for it to be displayed. The antique pumper remains in a fire station out of public view.
Thurner said the Crossroads Museum needs about $51,000 to construct the two-level project. The first level will be an enclosed, temperature-controlled display area to protect the fire engine from future deterioration.
The second level would be used as a viewing platform for visitors to watch or photograph passing trains. The most recent plans have been altered to make the structure handicap accessible, which would include a lift.
While the museum has raised funds for the project, it will take more, he explained.
After discussion of how to best to handle the needs, CACVB board members approved to match funds dollar for dollar up to $16,500, if raised by the end of the calendar year. The match would be for funds raised from now until the end of the year. If the museum is still short of the needed funds to undertake the project, then the board agreed to “revisit” how they may help during the budget talks for their next fiscal year.
In other CACVB business:
CACVB Executive Director Christy Burns said the design for the Shiloh Kiosk has been finalized and it is now being put together.
The Concert in the Park date was decided on July 22, but there may be a scheduling conflict. They are looking at setting it back further into the fall, when temperatures are cooler.
Burns said employee Anna McCollum was working on the signage inventory and the downtown map.
The next board meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, May 16 at the Hampton Inn Meeting Room.