Chapel Hill Museum to close; funding unavailable

From staff reportsJune 17, 2010 

— The Chapel Hill Museum will close after failing to get $49,000 in requested funding from the town for the coming fiscal year.

The town budget gives the museum $20,250 in the fiscal year beginning July 1. But museum officials had said they needed $34,000 in operating support and another $15,000 to address deferred maintenance problems at the East Franklin Street building. The town has provided the space, the former home of the town library, for free to the museum.

"In light of Town Council’s recent funding decision regarding the Chapel Hill Museum, it is with great sadness that the Museum’s Executive Board of Trustees announces that the venerable organization that has operated on the Town of Chapel Hill’s behalf since 1996 will be closing its doors," a press release said.

"While thankful for Council’s gesture of support, funding offered does not come close to the very specific request the Museum made for the Town to assume responsibility for the up-keep and utilities of the Town-owned building housing the Museum at the cost of $34,250- or less than 1/10 of 1% of the Town’s annual budget," the release said.

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