Amanda Weisbrod

Elgin City Council held its first regular meeting of the year Tuesday evening at their new city hall building.

The Elgin museum was denied a grant by Cycle Oregon, a nonprofit dedicated to “transforming individuals and communities through bicycling,” according to its mission statement. Because the museum was unable to complete the renovations on the old jail in time, they may have to return a $3,500 grant to the Kinsmen Foundation, which supports historic preservation and wildlife rehabilitation in Oregon.

“If we have to send the $3,500 back, we’re going to be in big trouble because we only have $3,100 in our budget for the museum right now,” said Gerald Hopkins of Elgin’s museum society. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I really made a plea to that committee to give us another year to complete that project, but we’ll see what happens.”

Elgin Mayor Allan Duffy, however, believes a letter to the Kinsman Foundation explaining the museum’s move to the old city hall building will suffice as a reason to extend the timeline for restoring the old jail. If not, he said they can always apply for more grants.

“I think once they’re operating they’re going to be fine, but you hit some bumps in the road,” he said. “When you have been trying for so long, sometimes you get a little bit discouraged, but I’m not discouraged at all. I have faith in the community that this is going to work out, and it’ll be good.”

The city council unanimously passed a new ordinance allowing all-terrain vehicles with permits to be driven on certain streets in Elgin. A one-year permit is $10, a replacement permit is $5 and a three-day permit is also $5. The city ordinance office is holding an ATV Permitting Day on Jan. 23 at the Elgin Community Center. After this day, permits will be issued by appointment only.

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