Train Depot Committee lacks quorum

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By Jeff M. Hardison

The Chiefland Train Depot Museum Committee failed to have enough members Nov. 12 for a quorum again.

Committee Chairman J. Rollin Hudson Jr. and Committeewoman Carolyn Cohens could not discuss matters on which they might vote in that regard, because committee members Dennis Andrews, Loy Ann Mann and Portia Sache did not show up for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

The October meeting was cancelled.

Results from Cohens' work since the September meeting, nonetheless, included her putting labels on some framed prints of old photographs from the era of the depot in Chiefland. Cohens said she plans to label more of the prints and to continue to work on improving the museum.

Mann attended the September meeting, which provided enough members to equal a quorum. The monthly committee meetings have been plagued by a lack of attendance during the past year.

Cohens, a local artist and writer, is following directions from the members present at the September committee meeting. The next committee meeting is set for Dec. 17 starting at 5 p.m. in the depot, which is located at 23 S.E. Second Ave.

The Chamber office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays.

The Chamber is a separate not-for-profit entity, which serves the interests of the local business community. The city lets the Chamber use space at the depot for an office.

The museum is not yet ready for visitors on a regular basis, Chiefland City Manager Grady Hartzog Sr. said. There is the question of who will watch over the artifacts when the museum does open for self-guided tours.

"We are fortunate to have someone like Ms. Cohens

The park around the Chiefland Train Depot is known as Trailhead Park, because it is a starting point leading into the Nature Coast State Trail, a path that is almost 32 miles long. Walkers, joggers, runners, bicyclists, and in some areas, horsemen, use the trail, which was a railroad line in the past.