Tryon makes room for museum

Published 10:45 am Friday, August 23, 2013

Tryon Town Council agreed this week to move its town hall offices to the other side of the building to make room for a museum and visitor’s center.

Council met Tuesday, Aug. 20 and approved moving the town’s offices. Commissioner Roy Miller was the sole vote against the move.

An ad hoc museum committee asked the town to move its current town hall offices so a visitor’s center and museum could be housed in a visible location. Estimates are that moving the offices will cost approximately $10,000. Museum committee chair Happy McCleod said the committee’s plan is for the town not to spend any money except for having to move its offices. The plan, she said, is for the committee to obtain grants, donations and volunteer labor to renovate the new museum space.

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Tryon Town Manager Joey Davis said council asked him in June to get more specific pricing on what it would cost to move the offices. He said the biggest cost would be replacing the carpet, which has been there for years and suffered mold issues. Concern over mold is the reason offices moved to the other side of the building in the first place, Davis said, which has since been fixed.

Replacing the carpet would cost approximately $6,000.