Approval for urgent museum maintenance

Christina Martin.
Christina Martin.
Urgent maintenance costing $142,675 for the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra has been approved by the Vincent Community Board (VCB).

VCB members at their meeting in Alexandra yesterday voted in favour of the project, after considering a report by Central Otago District Council property and facilities officer Christina Martin.

The work includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning plant repairs, roof replacement and repairs, and repainting of the Alexandra building's plastered exterior.

There was no budget for the work, and $52,875 was requested from the VCB's General Development Alexandra Investment Account.

The rest of the funding will come from the Central Cultural Centre Trust ($55,000) and re-allocation of funding in the VCB's 2018-19 budget ($34,800).

More engineering investigations into structural issues around the museum's garage, due to water leaks, also need to be carried out.

The CODC last year took over formal ownership of the Central Stories building from the Central Cultural Trust, which has about $55,000 left in its trust account.


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