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Emergency funding approved for Depot

February 2, 2021

The Depot Museum at Wilson Brewer Park will soon be fitted with new heating and cooling units to provide climate control for the building and its artifacts.

The City Council of Webster City approved the request from Larry Flaws, director of recreation and public grounds for funding to replace two furnaces in the building.

Flaws said that while working with the Depot Committee to review artifacts in the basement of the building, several areas of black mold were noticed on the walls and some of the artifacts. He said there was also a very strong musty, mold smell.

Flaws explained that the furnaces were turned off in 2012 due to budget concerns.

“We believe that without heating and some sort of climate control that the building and its artifacts are deteriorating at an accelerated rate,” Flaws told the council in a memo.

View this article as it originally appeared in the Daily Freeman-Journal.

Last modified: February 2, 2021

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