Turner Hall members eye possible rebuild
After the June 19 fire that destroyed their historic hall, members of Turner Hall met Wednesday, June 29 and said they will look to rebuild.
Police Chief Steve Wetz on Tuesday said no new information had been released about the cause of the fire by press deadline. Last week, police had “a person of interest” and had not ruled out an accomplice.
Fredericksburg Police Department, Fredericksburg Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are all working on the case.
Members of Turner Hall held their annual meeting at the Golden Hub Senior Center. Because of the fire, turnout was above average.
When members were asked whether or not they felt Turner Hall should be rebuilt or shut down, there was a 100 percent agreement that it should be rebuilt.
A motion was made for the board of directors to begin contacting the city about taxes and blueprints. After the directors speak with the city, they will go back to the members with the final numbers.
Now members must figure out funds and other logistics to make it happen.
Cost is the biggest factor, said President Duane Durst. While the building did have insurance, it will not be near enough to cover the cost of a rebuild.
Turner Hall members will now work on organizing fundraisers and reaching out to the community to get the necessary funds.
“There are several organizations that want to make donations already,” Durst said. “Three Rotary Clubs in town plan to host a big fundraiser for us. We will also accept any small fundraisers that the community hosts for us.”
The organization still plans to host its annual barbecue and New Year’s Eve Dance. Funds from those events will go toward the potential rebuild.
The board and Durst plan on attending all events hosted as they want to acknowledge the support from the community.
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