Historical society praises county for financial contribution

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TRURO - Financial contributions from the County of Colchester have helped the Colchester Historical Society generate additional dollars, council was told this week.

Joe Ballard

"Your money helped us leverage other funding from provincial and federal sources," society president Joe Ballard said, while providing council with an update on "how we are spending your money."

Council had earlier committed to contributing $112,500 over three years to assist with upgrades to the Colchester Historeum.

That contribution also encouraged society members to undertake further fundraising efforts, Ballard said, to the point where he is hoping the county's final installment of $37,500 will not be needed.

"So, we'll cross our fingers," he said. "But, anyway, we're doing very well, thanks to your help. We're putting your money to good use."

In response to a question from council as to whether Truro had also contributed to the society's revitalization efforts, Ballard said the town had provided a loan of $68,000, as opposed to a grant.

"We're still putting pressure on them," he said, adding he had recently raised that issue in a conversation with Mayor Bill Mills.

"He's still maintaining the same line that money is very, very tight," Ballard said.

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @tdnharry

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