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Museum boards OK'd for display

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on November 4, 2012 1:50 AM

Members of the Air Force Museum Citizen Committee gave their nod of approval to concept boards to be displayed across the city to give the public a visual representation of what the city's hired consultants have planned for Goldsboro.

The concept boards feature a site map, renderings and cost estimates for the Air Power Museum at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. They will be on display at City Hall and the Goldsboro branch of the Wayne County Public Library.

City officials are also seeking to set up the displays at the library on base and at Berkeley Mall. They would also be available for viewing on the city's website.

The committee's agenda also included the discussion of the outline for an executive summary to be prepared by Verner Johnson Consultant Lou Sirianni, who attended the meeting via teleconference.

The 12-page final summary was scheduled to be distributed to committee members Nov. 5 in advance of an executive summary review process Nov. 7, but Sirianni had already prepared what he called a "complete final draft."

Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan seemed surprised Sirianni expected the committee to review the summary since members were planning to approve the outline.

Members hadn't received copies of the document, so Sirianni read off highlights from his, asking for general approval of the outline for the executive summary he had already completed.

The committee then turned toward its list of fundraising contacts, identifying industries and individuals to contact to gauge interest in sponsorship of the museum to help fill an annual $400,000 shortfall in operating costs.

Committee Member Martha Bryan suggested contacting former wing commanders while other committee members recommended asking aviation component manufacturers, like AAR, about their interest in sponsorships.

The remaining schedule for the committee meetings, which are all public, includes a meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday to review the executive summaries, which are expected to be distributed to committee members by Monday.

The consultant team will make a final presentation to the committee Nov. 19 in advance of a presentation to the City Council as part of the council's work session and agenda briefing.

The team will also make a community presentation Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. at a location to be determined.