Wyoming County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to become the pass-thru agency for funds being solicited for a major renovation of the Nicholson Railroad Freight Station.
A feasibility study has been conducted by the Nicholson Heritage Association which will convert the station to a visitors’ center and create the opportunity to tell the area’s rich railroad history.
“I feel we should agree to helping the project,” said Commissioner Ron Williams, noting that becoming a pass-thru agency had no finacial obligation to the county beyond seeing what funds came through for the project were accounted for.
As the project was unveiled in January, the Association was told it would take $1.4 million to renovate the building, and County Clerk Bill Gaylord noted the association hope to complete the project by the time of the Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct’s 100th anniversary in 2015.
Williams noted that many years ago, he had worked at that station.
He told a story from the late 1960s of how someone would stand above the Station Hill Bridge with messages attached to a long stick with a Y at the top,and someone on the next train would reach out and grab the missives.
In other business, a large group attended the meeting in support of a proclamation declaring the month of March as “Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month.”
Another proclamation declared Mar. 27 as “C.A.S.U.A.L. Day.”
Derry Bird attended the meeting as chairman of the C.A.S.U.A.L. Day committee.
“It’s a simple thing: colon cancer can be cured. 12 years ago, a woman passed away who would still be with us if her colon cancer had been detected early.”
The Casual Day was established by the family of Helen Phillips, who fought a courageous battle against colon cancer and died in the summer of 2002.
Chief Clerk Bill Gaylord said that a 50 percent matching grant is being sought for security improvements to the entrance of the county courthouse. Last year, security cameras were purchased and installed with the grant: this year, the main entrance will be renovated and made more secure, without taking away from its historic character.
The matching grant is available for up to $12,500, with a total of $25,000 possible for the project.
In other business, the commissioners’ considered supporting a new program to provide the 12 fire companies serving Wyoming County with pet oxygen masks. The kits contain masks of three sizes for dogs and cats, and cost $95.