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Sandpoint Depot on KREM2 News

I did another interview with John Langeler from KREM 2 News today regarding the Sandpoint Train Depot and the upcoming City Council vote. I think John again did an excellent job with his piece and was clear about the efforts of the Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission and the work to acquire and preserve the historic depot for future generations.

Here is a link to view the video featured on tonights news.

Show your support for the depot by filling in the form in the right hand column and keep up to date with all the latest developments. Even better, plan to attend the City Council Meeting tomorrow at 5:30 P.M.

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Here is a short excerpt from of the video transcript:

SANDPOINT, ID — A major decision is coming up Wednesday night for the Sandpoint City Council and the future of the old train depot. One group wants to save the historic building, but on Tuesday the mayor expressed her doubts.

Wednesday, the city could decide to start talks with Amtrak and Burlington Northern over buying the old depot. Supporters say there is nothing wrong with negotiating, but the mayor says there are too many “ifs.” Aric Spence from the Historic Preservation Committee says for Sandpoint, there are tremendous benefits historically as well as economically. Mayor Gretchen Hellar says Spence is wrong.

Mayor Hellar says people for some reason are trying to tie economic engine and the depot together. She says although the two are related issues, they are separated.

Spence and others trying to save the depot hope to buy the building from Burlington Northern for as little as one dollar. Then, Amtrak would use funds it received from the Idaho Department of Transportation to fix it up. That would cost about $900,000. All of this now depends on Wednesday’s vote… view the video and read the rest.

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