Josh Tilley was sworn in as Orofino’s newest city council member Tuesday to replace Jill Woolsey who recently moved to Oregon.

The council also approved a simple lot split request from Greta Cummings that will open the way for her to sell part of the property at 433 Bartlett to the Clearwater Historical Society for their new museum. The museum also requires a special use permit which was approved.

The new 3,200 square-foot facility would be built off Bartlett St. where Becky’s Tax Services was located and replace the current museum on College Ave. The Clearwater Historical Society Board is planning the new museum to provide more display space both inside and outside. There will also be more parking than the current location.

At present, the land is owned by Greta Cummings and she requested the lot split. She would keep the upper portion of the property and the museum would be built on the lower portion. The special use permit is necessary because the lot is in an R-2 Single-Family Dwelling District but right by Orofino Elementary School and sports fields.

Orofino Planning and Zoning Commission is recommending that the City Council approve requests for a simple lot split and a special use permit that would open the way for construction of a new Clearwater Historical Museum.

The new 3,200 square-foot facility would be built off Bartlett St. where Becky’s Tax Services was located and replace the current museum on College Ave. The Clearwater Historical Society Board is planning the new museum to provide more display space both inside and outside. There will also be more parking than the current location.

At present, the land is owned by Greta Cummings and she is requesting the lot split. She would keep the upper portion of the property and the museum would be built on the lower portion. The special use permit is necessary because the lot is in an R-2 Single-Family Dwelling District. With Orofino Elementary School down the hill, the P&Z Commission felt it was an appropriate use.

This is an architectural drawing of the new Clearwater Historical Museum that is being proposed.

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