GIRARD — Disagreement over a historical sign spurred discussion at the regular meeting of the Crawford County Commissioners Friday.
The commissioners called in Girard City Manager Chris Weiner to discuss solutions to what they called a “misunderstanding.”
According to commissioners, a sign from an old filling station in downtown Girard was removed from the property of the under-repair Girard History Museum, and taken to the Crawford County Historical Museum in Pittsburg.
According to the commissioners, the act had created some worries among citizens and members of Friends of Historic Girard.
“I think what concerned a lot of people is they thought we were going to trash it,” Commissioner Carl Wood said. “But I’ll buy it myself before I let that happen.”
The sign was removed because Mission Construction — which is currently working on the Girard Streetscape Project — approached County Emergency Manager Jason VanBecelaere about the sign being in the way of construction. Mission did not want the sign to get damaged, nor did VanBecelaere or the commissioners.
The idea was brought up to take it to CCHM, and so it was.
Questions have also been raised whether the sign was on county or city property and which entity had rights to take it.
Weiner said he doesn’t see any malice in the situation.
“There was obviously no ill intentions from anybody in this situation,” he said. “We want to keep a good relationship between the museums, and the county and cities.”
The commissioners plan to send out a surveyor to figure out whose land the sign was on, for now the commissioners will have the sign remain at CCHM and invite anyone from Friends of Historic Girard or Girard History Museum to attend a regular meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
The museum in Girard is currently not open, and commissioners know the sign is safe at CCHM.
Weiner said he appreciated talking with the commissioners and is happy to help work through the situation, and that he understands the intent was to make sure the sign was preserved.
The commissioners also discussed hearings beginning Tuesday in Topeka concerning a bill which may make it possible to re-open the Camptown dog track in Frontenac.
Rep. Adam Lusker requested a letter of support for the bill from the commissioners. They agreed to sign.
“I think it would be a great thing,” Commissioner Tom Moody said. “That’s around 400 jobs coming to the county, and more good jobs is what we need more than anything.”
County Counselor Jim Emerson will draft the letter of support.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.