For The Daily Item
Honoring former Pennsylvania Governor James Pollock is a laudable act. It is good to recognize his contributions to the words, “In God we trust,” appearing on our coinage and his other accomplishments. However, one must question the establishment of a museum dedicated to this native son in the flood plain.
True, the former Milton Public Library building is currently vacant and served as a bank. Pollock was a bank director in Milton so that is a reason for using the space in such a way. Undoubtedly, one of the reasons for creating the museum is to attract people to Milton and thebuilding is downtown.
The problem is the proposed property is located in the flood plain and, as such, in addition to the cost of purchasing the building, renovating it and acquisitions, flood insurance would have to be purchased. This cost will only continue to rise. In 1972, the building had at least 40 inches of water on the first floor and the basement has flooded numerous times.
Perhaps a better way to honor Gov. Pollock and draw people to Milton would be an area in the already established Milton Historical Society. Pollock’s desk is located in the society building and funds raised for the new museum could be used to purchase other items to create the display area. As suggested, additional exhibits could be established to honor Hector Boiardi and others.
Please consider not creating a museum in the flood zone but using and enhancing an existing resource.
Mindelle K. Bartholomew,