By Mary Spicer
The fate of the log cabin constructed in 1988 in celebration of the City of Meadville’s 200th anniversary now rests in the hands of a six-member committee that is now launching a campaign to raise approximately $10,500 before the 2014 construction season begins.
That’s the amount it’s expected to take to stabilize the structure for an additional seven to 10 years, according to a report presented to Meadville City Council during its study session Wednesday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of Rick Williams, the city’s development director, Assistant City Manager Andy Walker told council that the cabin needs immediate repairs. However, without a clear idea of council’s long-term vision for the structure, it was impossible for city staffers to proceed.
Williams, who has been the city’s main liaison with the log cabin committee since it was reformed last spring, was unable to attend Wednesday’s session.
“Do we value the cabin and what it represents — understanding that it is a replica built to honor David Mead, our city’s founder?” Mayor Christopher Soff asked, noting that the structure has probably outlived its physical life.
At the end of a lengthy discussion, “If $10,500 can gain us five years, it’s worth it,” Soff said. Council agreed, as long as city funds are not used to fund the project.
Represented by Annette Boswell, Doris Foster and Bob Stainbrook, the committee agreed to take on the task of raising the necessary funds.
Checks payable to the City of Meadville with Kenneth A. Beers Bicentennial Park on the memo line can be mailed to Finance Director Tim Groves, Meadville City Building, 894 Diamond Park, Meadville, Pa. 16335.
Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.