Castor & District Museum Society picked the county’s brain for possible funding towards restoration of the prominent burgundy grain elevator within Castor as well as other projects on the museum grounds.
Although the group was hoping to do a presentation in person on this matter, COVID-19 forced them to submit a letter instead with their request.
In it, the board executive of the society outlined the current spaces the museum has to offer visitors like the CPR House built in 1915 with attached freight shed, the Beaver School built in 1919 and the 110-year-old Alberta Pacific Grain Elevator to name a few.
“Our community is very fortunate to have these buildings available for the public to view,” said the letter.
In 2016 and 2017, rot and mold were causing the floor of the freight shed floor to break, becoming unsafe for visitors to step inside and look around.
The museum board made the decision to demolish the old shed and constructed a new one in its place that was roughly eight feet long.
At the same time, they chose to give the CPR house itself a small facelift as well.
Most artefacts have since been moved into the new building as construction has finally finished after almost two years when construction started in September 2018.
Plans to open on April 16 has since been pushed back due to COVID-19.
The approximate cost to finish the build was in the $289,000 range which has been paid for through a number of grants they received.
Coun. Tyrrill Hewitt sits on the board and explained that at their last meeting in March, the elevator was the largest project they want to tackle as
“They’re continually doing a little bit of work on it all the time but anytime you got a structure like that it’s going to be expensive,” said Coun. Hewitt. “They are trying to preserve it the best they can.”
“At present, all buildings are in good condition except for the grain elevator,” stated the letter.
A representative of Alberta Historic Resources recently looked at the old structure and suggested some repair work be done along with a full paint job on the exterior at a price of $200,000.