Time to take down

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HER­RIDGE

The Jerome Walsh Mu­seum in Lit­tle Bay has be­come as safety con­cern and needs to be torn down, ac­cord­ing to Marys­town coun­cil.

Jerome Walsh Mu­seum in Lit­tle Bay has be­come a se­ri­ous safety hazard and needs to be de­mol­ished, ac­cord­ing to Marys­town coun­cil.

The mu­seum, which has fallen into a state of dis­re­pair and is in dan­ger of fall­ing into Mortier Bay, came up for dis­cus­sion again last Tues­day.

Walsh died in 2012 and left the build­ing to the town.

Coun. Dar­lene Lafosse Blag­don, chair­woman of the tourism and spe­cial events com­mit­tee, said she re­cently re­ceived a phone call about chil­dren play­ing un­der­neath the struc­ture.

The town has ap­plied for about $800,000 in fund­ing from the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to build a new, in­ter­ac­tive mu­seum.

“We don’t want the pub­lic per­cep­tion (to be) we’re tear­ing this build­ing down and OK, we’ve washed our hands of it,” Lafosse Blag­don said. “I mean, we haven’t let it die.”

The com­mit­tee was sched­uled to meet with the fam­ily yes­ter­day and the condi- tion of the mu­seum was to be con­veyed.

Coun. Leonard Pittman said the town was told by ar­chi­tects some time ago the build­ing is not repara­ble. The struc­ture needs to come down, he said.

“So if some­thing hap­pens and some­body gets hurt, we’re li­able,” Pittman said.

Ben Letem­plier, the town’s di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions and pub­lic works, said even tear­ing the build­ing down will be a safety is­sue.

Other av­enues for re­mov­ing the struc­ture, in­clud­ing ten­der­ing the job, were also brought up Tues­day.

Walsh, a fish­er­man, be­gan col­lect­ing an­tiques as a hobby and even­tu­ally opened his former fish­ing shed as a mu­seum. Ar­ti­facts from the mu­seum have been taken out of the struc­ture and are now in stor­age.

“We don’t want the pub­lic per­cep­tion (to be) we’re tear­ing this build­ing down and OK, we’ve washed our hands of it.”

Coun. Dar­lene Lafosse Blag­don

FILE PHOTO

It looks likely the Jerome Walsh Mu­seum in Lit­tle Bay, Marys­town, will soon be torn down. Safety con­cerns were ex­pressed about the struc­ture dur­ing last Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

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