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Portland Museum update, public hearing

PORTLAND — Portland Town Supervisor Rich Lewis said that the Town is waiting on the engineering report from Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) regarding the Portland Town Museum, and while they wait on that report, the topic of the museum became a discussion point for the Town Board as a whole. Mostly, they discussed creating a social media page for the museum curator, Rob Pawlak, to be able to advertise when the museum is open.

“He’s been open (in recent)weekends, but there really is no great way of flagging, notifying, or saying they’re open,” said Portland Board Member Tammy Thompson.

Thompson said that she had never been to the museum prior to last weekend, and noted that she enjoyed herself, and said that more advertisements would do well for the Portland Museum.

“I had never been there,” said Thompson. “There’s a lot of really cool, interesting things up there and I’ve had a couple teenagers who have said they’d be interested in volunteering. But if people don’t know that it’s open, and they don’t know what’s there, then it does no good.”

Lewis said he had no issue with a Facebook account being created for the museum.

The engineering report from CPL is in regard to general repairs that should be made to the museum, focusing on the building’s roof.

See MUSEUM, Page A3

Lewis noted in February that ARPA money could be used on the roof, though will still be waiting on the engineering report before making a final decision on how to proceed.

In other town business, the Solar Project located at 7850 Felton Road in Portland has also been approved. Lewis said the Planning Board sent it back to them, okaying the project for the next step. The Town then declared themselves lead agent on the project. A public hearing was then set for the Felton Road Solar Project at their next board meeting on Wednesday, July 13, with the public hearing starting at 6:15 p.m. Their regular meeting will follow the public hearing.

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