City Council plans to form a six member committee
“The time has come,” said June Eagleton of the Marine Civic Club at the Nov. 17 City Council meeting. “I can no longer take all the responsibility and neither can the Civic Club. It’s time for us, as a community, to do something to keep our wonderful little museum going.”
The Stone House Museum is a staple landmark in Marine on St. Croix that was built in 1872 and served as the original Marine Town Hall and jail. Volunteers working with the Marine Women’s Civic Club have managed the building and its collection of historic items since 1963, but plans to find the next group to carry out that responsibility are underway.
Some of the decisions mentioned at the meeting that need to be made before opening again in the summer of 2020 involve signage, memorial money, adding a bench to the museum yard, hiring an intern and manager and more. These decisions need to be made by a board that would ideally be formed by various members from the Marine community.
One of the challenges addressed by councilmember, Charlie Anderson, was the difficulty in finding long term volunteers for a new museum board.
“I can tell you from running several volunteer organizations within the City of St. Paul, long term volunteering is way down and it’s very difficult without a honed in recruiting effort to get people to commit. If there is a way that the city can help you do that I think we should.”
“We’re hoping that the city and a group of citizens, along with members of the Civic Club and the Restoration Society, can come together to keep our museum open,” said Eagleton. The City Council then discussed the possibility of forming a six-member museum board with two members from the Civic Society, two members from the Restoration Society, and two members who are either on the City Council, or appointed by them.
Mayor Glen Mills then decided that forming the suggested board and bringing the discussion of managing the Stone House Museum to the next City Council meeting in December would be the next course of action. “Next meeting we’ll have this on the agenda, we’ll bring it up again and hopefully we’ll have the committee filled out and ready to go,” Mills said.
The council approved a request to host the Enchanted Forest for its second year with ideas for improvement including non-breakable ornaments, and more sufficient tree stands. Approximately 30 trees would be planted on Nov. 30 that are sponsored and decorated by local businesses and will be removed on Dec. 31.
The discussion of a single track mountain bike trail in Jackson Meadow continued from previous council meetings with some needed clarification. The intention of the trail is to give bikers their own trail separate from the existing trails that include joggers, ATVs, skiers, and snowmobilers. Council Member Bill Miller clarified that this is in the feasibility stage, and that the trail is not imminent. This was done to address some misconception in the community that the City was ready to build the trail that is likely a number of years from happening.
A Truth in Taxation meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.