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Fredericksburg city manager provides some documents from U.S. National Slavery Museum.

Date published: 12/22/2005


Foster listed the names of the companies that performed the services but did not say how much each was paid, despite Rodenberg's written request for that information.

It remains to be seen whether Foster's reply to Rodenberg will satisfy council members who sought additional information after Foster provided a Nov. 8 report accounting for the museum's expenditure of $1 million.

"We have better information than we had," Rodenberg said. "This gives us another level of detail."

The $1 million was used to conduct a number of studies including a traffic study costing $3,900; demographic, marketing and other studies geared at assessing the economic impact of the museum costing $10,094; and the environmental and cultural assessments as well as preliminary plans totaling $255,621.

The Free Lance-Star requested copies of those studies from Rodenberg under the belief that the city should have possession of the studies since they were paid for with city funds.

In his response to the newspaper, Rodenberg referred to the museum's 2003 annual report to the city. That report includes a six-page report on its economic and cultural impact.

In a Dec. 16 letter to Foster, Rodenberg did not request the studies, but asked Foster to identify which documents already on file with the city were funded with city money.

The 2002 agreement stated that the museum was to perform traffic studies "to analyze and develop a transportation plan to serve the District and to link the same with downtown Fredericksburg, hotels, and other tourist attractions within the region."

In her response to Rodenberg, Foster said this task was fulfilled with a traffic study that examined what sort of turn lanes and traffic signals would be needed at the museum's entrance off Carl D. Silver Parkway.

Museum officials could not be reached for comment yesterday evening.

To reach EMILY BATTLE: 540/374-5413
Email: ebattle@freelancestar.com

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