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County OKs $50,000 donation to History Center for storage equipment

Lyon County commissioners made it easier for the brand-new Lyon County History Center to store artifacts during their action meeting Thursday.
 
History Center Director Greg Jordan approached commissioners with a one-time $50,000 request for storage equipment and esentially to finish the storage area. Commission Chair Rollie Martin says the board thought the request was a good idea.
 
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The county is using sales tax proceeds to pay for the request, or the same revenue stream the county has used for projects at Newman Regional Health and the Fairgrounds and the same funding source used to bolster scholarships at Emporia State University. No property tax money is being used.
 
Jordan says the money will pay for a humidifier, dehumidifier, shelvers, a washer-dryer and freezers. He says the freezers are important because they kill mold and other bacteria before items officially get stored.
 
The History Center opened in December and has around 150,000 artifacts needing storage space.