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Lighthouse meeting set for Dec. 30

 


The Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association will meet 5 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Sheldon Museum.

The group is working toward its nonprofit status and will need to make decisions about construction and the sequence of planned repairs at the site, said president Pam Randles. The association is a subgroup of the Sheldon Museum.

The group also needs to hear from the Coast Guard on removal of hazardous materials from the site. “Part of the issue is that the Coast Guard is required to do hazardous material removal. We need to know from them how they want to deal with that. They have to give us our marching orders.”

Also, work needs to be done to clarify which agency’s specifications must be used in a five-year plan the association must write.

In May, the museum won a bid to restore the weather-beaten lighthouse situated on a rock about 25 miles south of downtown Haines.

The group’s vision is to stabilize the lighthouse and return it to its historic condition, but to what era has not been decided. “If we return it to 1905-1906, we won’t have the proper plumbing to get guests out there,” Randles said.

The group has only recently started toward nonprofit status and will be finalizing bylaws at the upcoming meeting, she said.