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May 13, 2013

Cullman Railroad Depot set for cosmetic improvements

CULLMAN — With the help of local funds, Cullman County's Railroad Depot will be getting an upgrade.

At the latest Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) meeting, the organization awarded the Cullman County Museum $9,300 in grant money to help with the process.

According to Elaine Fuller, director of the Cullman County Museum, it's something that's much needed.

"Our goal is to highlight the history of the Depot and the railroad as it details the development of Cullman County," Fuller said. "We've got several exhibit cases that are getting old, so with the money we're hoping to get a couple of new cases, as well as do some cosmetic improvements to the building."

Those improvements she said include upgrading the trim work, fresh coats of paint, and new lighting.

There is no date as to when improvements may begin.

"We're still in need of about $5,000, so as soon as we can get the rest of the money we'll begin," Fuller said. "Our hope is that we will have it done this fall for Oktoberfest."

In addition to the Cullman County Museum, Battleground Volunteer Fire Department also received $9,300 to help with the purchase of new digital radios for the department.

Vinemont High School was awarded $20,000 to help with the resurfacing of their baseball field. Meanwhile, Empty Bowls of Cullman County received $2,500 to buy  pottery equipment for their new building.

The next CCCDC meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 6 at Cullman City Hall.

* Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com

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