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Another meeting set for museum

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on September 18, 2012 1:46 PM

The city's Air Force Museum Citizen Committee is scheduled to meet twice in the next two weeks as it continues its monitoring of the consultant team hired to design the city's museum proposal for the former Arts Council of Wayne County building at the corner of Spence Avenue and East Ash Street.

The committee will discuss the findings of surveys conducted by Kathleen Tinworth at its meeting Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Mayor's Conference Room on the second floor of the City Hall Annex.

All meetings of the citizen committee are open to the public.

Preliminary results discussed in early August showed there were 482 submitted surveys, which came in the form of in-person, online and paper questionnaires.

The committee was asked to prepare for a lengthy discussion of the results, which could take up to two hours.

Members of the committee are scheduled to gather again on Sept. 26 at the same time and location to discuss institutional development with Clayton Bass, another subcontractor of the Verner Johnson consultant group.

Bass will discuss how the proposed museum would likely be operated, either by the city, a non-profit or a combination in the form of a public-private partnership.

The committee, which has been meeting regularly since January, has all but decided on a name and mission statement for the museum.

The Air Power Museum at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base has been the committee's favorite suggested name, although there has not been a formal vote on it, while the agreed-upon mission statement puts a hefty emphasis on education.

A final proposal for the public and Goldsboro City Council to consider is expected to be prepared sometime in October.