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U.S. National Slavery Museum, FAMPO disagree on application, endorsement for grant funds.

Date published: 12/9/2005


Last year, in its second application for a transportation enhancement grant, the museum was approved for $189,000 toward the first phase of replicating the 19th-century vessel Dos Amigos.

That approval came in July without FAMPO's endorsement. Yesterday, both Manster and FAMPO member Bob Hagan said they provided the post-approval endorsement in September rather than block the funding.

"FAMPO voted to endorse it so they could get the money promised to them because to not endorse at that point would be counterproductive," said Hagan, chairman of the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors.

"But they were told at that meeting if they wanted to go through the process again, they better do it properly."

Hagan said the museum's preempting of local authority didn't sit well with FAMPO, which is made up of representatives from Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford County.

"That didn't make local folks very happy," he said.

Manster said FAMPO will put the museum's application for $778,400 on the agenda for its Jan. 11 meeting. He couldn't predict what action the board would take.

What he did know was that members want the CTB to have their input before acting on future grant applications. He couldn't say what would happen if the process went out of order again.

Hagan also wouldn't predict how a January vote might go, but offered his view of how the museum got its endorsement last time.

"There's an expression that I think fits," he said. "Sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask permission."

To reach PAMELA GOULD: 540/735-1972
Email: pgould@freelancestar.com

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