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Gainesville to discuss future of baggage car
Council to hear cost of painting car
Gainesville City Council will discuss today what to do with this baggage car next to Engine 209 off Jesse Jewell Parkway. - photo by SARA GUEVARA | The Times
To paint or not to paint.That might be one question the Gainesville City Council considers today.While it also will discuss heavy-hitting issues, including what spending requests major city departments (fire, parks and recreation and the Community Service Center) have for the coming fiscal year, the council also will consider the fate of the baggage car in the city’s downtown train display.The display includes three pieces of train memorabilia: an engine from the Gainesville Midland train era, a caboose and the baggage car.“The baggage car is the most unsightly of the three units up there,” said David Dockery, the city’s director of Public Works.Already, city officials have acknowledged the rusty sea-green car needs work. But no one has yet decided whether it’s worth the effort.Dockery will brief the council today on estimates his department has gathered for repainting the car. The information likely will lead to a conversation on whether to renovate, move or sell the car.During a retreat in January, Dockery and the council briefly discussed the need to paint the car, which needs work somewhat frequently for an unused piece of city property.The car was most recently repainted back in 2005 with other renovations to the engine and caboose in the display.