AMDC outline to the MMH board for merge
Official says takeover by Marietta museum would cost only $2,500
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Official says takeover by Marietta museum would cost only $2,500
by Jon Gillooly
November 25, 2009 01:00 AM | 2711 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AMDC outline to the MMH board for merge
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MARIETTA - All it would cost the Marietta Museum of History to take over the Aviation Museum and Discovery Center is about $2,500, said Micky Blackwell, vice chairman of the AMDC board.

During a meeting Tuesday, Blackwell told the history museum's board that $2,500 would pay for the insurance on the aircraft and artifacts.

The aviation museum no longer has the funding to continue operations in the down economy, and its board members want the history museum to take it over. Blackwell sees the history museum as holding in trust the AMDC's artifacts and mission until the economy turns and the museum can get back on its feet.

Since the history museum would acquire only assets and no liabilities if it agrees to take over the AMDC, Blackwell said there are no other immediate expenses unless the history museum wanted to upgrade the AMDC's property at the corner of Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive, continue to store the aircraft located there or retain the AMDC's education director and curator.

The history museum's 21-member board is appointed by the City Council. The history museum is also subsidized by the city through hotel motel tax funding. Blackwell said if the history museum board were to approve the takeover, he would bring the proposal before the City Council for an approval resolution.

Among those in attendance at Tuesday's meeting were Mayor Bill Dunaway, Mayor-elect Steve Tumlin, council members Jim King, Holly Walquist, Van Pearlberg and councilman-elect Johnny Sinclair.

History museum board Chairman Brent Brown expects a vote on the proposed takeover sometime in December.

But history museum board member Steve Imler remains unconvinced that it's a good idea.

"It's a serious issue with some serious questions and presents a legitimate challenge of critical thinking to think it all through," Imler said.

Blackwell said he will deliver a second presentation regarding the proposal on Dec. 8 at the museum. He did not have a specific time.
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