Fenton History Center Seeks Maintenance Funding

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A staple of the Jamestown community is seeking funding to help maintain and fix up their historic building.

The Fenton History Center is seeking $17,000 dollars from the city’s 2023 budget for needed maintenance and operating costs. 

While the figure is only slightly higher than allocations in years past, the money is more important than ever as the historical society seeks to fix up some big programs.

From roof leaks, to basement flooding, and a water boiler on the verge of quitting, a number of unseen complications are in need of immediate attention, according to the center’s executive director Jane Babinsky.

“We’re celebrating our 60th year in 2023, so that’s why we’re trying to get repairs done and spruce up the building,“ explained Babinsky. “A lot of things have been let go, not on the city’s part but on the Historical Societies part I think because they were focusing on so many other things. This is the year to really work on things, and build our programs up, and do more things for the community as well.”  

In the end, those on Jamestown’s City Council were surprised that the history center hasn’t asked for more money, especially with the uptick in repairs and ever growing cost of electricity and gas. City Council is slated to vote on the budget at their November 28 voting session.


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