With a new game plan and a new interim President, the Railway Museum is getting another chance to keep their relationship with the City, and their lease of the Santa Fe Depot at 703 S. Chadbourne St.
On September 5, 2017, the City Council decided to end the lease agreement between the City of San Angelo and the Railway Museum downtown.
This decision was the result of concerns about the leadership of the museum and its failure to maintain legal obligations.
This decision, that required little discussion among city council members, was to terminate the Railway’s lease as of September 15.
However, Lane Horwood, new board member and interim museum board president, met with City Manager Daniel Valenzuela to revisit the issue.
As a result, the city council has voted to renew the museum’s lease on a month to month basis up to six months.
This agreement is contingent upon the requirement that the board of the museum must put together a new action plan that will move the museum forward.
At the end of six months, the council must be presented with said action plan and convinced that it will work in order to consider continuing business with the museum.
Board members have expressed that fundraising in order to keep the museum going will prove difficult, but that this compromise also gives the museum a chance to turn things toward a more positive outcome.