Weather Taking Toll On Miners’ Museum
The executive director of Glace Bay’s Miners’ Museum says the condition of the site is getting worse thanks to recent weather.
Mary Pat Mombourquette says the museum was further damaged in the Thanksgiving Storm, and other recent storms have added to a number of structural problems facing the facility.
Earlier this year, the museum’s operators said they needed one and a half million dollars for repairs from the three levels of government.
While no commitments have been made yet, Mombourquette says the museum’s funding requests have been greeted positively.
She adds she hopes to bring the matter before Regional Council next month, but she doesn’t expect to hear any word on funding until government budgets are being put together in March.
Mombourquette says the most urgent priorities include brick repair, fixing ventilation in the tower, and installing new insulated metal doors, as well as replacing the sprinkler system, exterior lights, damaged shingles and metal flashings.
She adds that work will have to take place within the next two years.