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Sheldon to replace 'ugly' carpet


September 1, 2011

According to Sheldon Museum director Jerrie Clarke, a $40,000 upgrade in the building will help guests "see the exhibits, not the carpet."

The Haines Borough Assembly on Aug. 23 approved $41,428 to replace carpet at the Sheldon Museum.

"That carpet needs replacing," said assemblyman Steve Vick. "Hopefully, it will be a different color, too."

Clarke said the museum would go with a neutral color for carpeting that might be installed as early as October, "typically our slowest month of the year."

"We’ll try to keep open and available to our community as much as possible," she said.

Clarke said current carpeting at the museum is about 30 years old.

"In the main galleries, it’s orange; it’s very 70s colors, and in the Hakkinen Gallery, it’s green," she said. "Also, especially upstairs, the carpet’s stretched and the adhesive has released, with so many things being wheeled across it, and so it’s all rumpled and ugly, and there are stains and it’s worn."

The Aug. 23 assembly resolution noted L & B Projects, "as the sole carpet installer in Haines, is uniquely qualified to do this project," and the business will have a sole-source contract with the borough.

L & B’s estimate came in lower than the $50,500 budgeted by the borough on a list of capital improvement projects.

Clarke said installation likely would include new carpet for "both galleries, the lobby, stairs and the office downstairs."

"It’s going to be carpet tiles, because they’re easier to work with and easier to replace," she said. "If someone spills red punch at a reception, we can just pull it up and replace it. "