Heating problems drive up costs at Cornwall museum

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Cornwall Community Museum curator Ian Bowering.

CORNWALL, Ontario – The bone-chilling temperatures plaguing Cornwall are starting to translate into a request for more municipal money for community agencies.

The SD and G Historical Society is requesting an additional $2,200 out of city hall in 2014, directly related to heating and maintaining the Cornwall Community Museum.

“I couldn’t get my office over 50 degrees yesterday,” said curator Ian Bowering, who works out of the museum. “So I wore three sweaters and a coat.”

The historical society wants a little more than $114,000 in funding this year.

“To continue our growth we would like to request a two per cent increase,” said Bowering, adding the increase will not go anywhere but to “heating and security.”

The museum has three to four part-time people, as well as Bowering who is full-time.

Last year the society covered a $4,500 deficit with its own money, but Bowering told members of the city's community agencies budget committee that won’t continue.

“We can’t keep doing that. We’re a small organization,” he said.

The society has made cuts, reducing accounting and staffing by nearly $18,000, while also stripping insurance premiums by two-thirds, and Internet/telephone costs by half.

 “We’re taking this seriously,” said Bowering. “We know there’s not a big municipal pool.”

One of the bigger plans the society has this year is to try to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for the number of people playing “Wild Thing” on the guitar.

Guitarists will be invited to attend the Cornwall Community Museum this summer to strum the chords.

Organizations: Cornwall Community Museum, Historical Society

Geographic location: Ontario

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  • Jamie Heath
    January 24, 2014 - 16:48

    Help preserve our heritage by giving the museum the money it needs. Kudos to Ian Bowering for doing a great job in keeping expenses down.