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Stafford County’s virtual museum is making progress, and could launch its website next month.

That website would have galleries on everything that’s happened from the time of dinosaurs to today, said Scott Mayausky, the county’s commissioner of revenue and part of the Stafford Museum Foundation.

He gave an update to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The foundation, which was created several years ago, is finishing up its first phase.

A Facebook page reaches more than 300 people, and some posts have had more than 1,000 hits, noted local historian Jane Conner.

“We wanted to get the word out there about small little stories,” Conner said.

Search for the “Stafford Museum and Cultural Center” on Facebook. Updates are posted regularly, with photos and historical stories.

A logo has also been created, and the website is nearly complete. Videos are in the works, and will be posted there as well, Mayausky said. Twenty exhibits are ready now, and more will be added.

The two history timelines—at Stafford Hospital and outside the government complex on Courthouse Road—were an inspiration for the design.

The museum also plans to have content for teachers and students.

The next phase is outreach and fundraising, and Mayausky said he’d share more information next summer.

“I think it’s amazing,” Supervisor Paul Milde said. “I got a preview a few weeks ago. I can’t imagine any better preliminary results or display.”

The Board of Supervisors allocated $93,000 to the virtual museum last year. A larger chunk of money was set aside years ago for the museum.

Also Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a slight increase to ambulance fees.

Fees are based in part on what’s allowed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It approved a 1 percent rate increase for emergency medical services for 2014. The county’s ambulance billing contractor, MED 3000, then recommended higher rates to account for inflation and services.

Rates will increase just $5 for the $500 base price for ambulances with basic life support, and $8 for the $800 for advanced life support level 2. Mileage rates will increase by 12 cents to $12.12.

This could bring in $25,000 more revenue to Stafford.

Increases were last made in March 2012 and May 2008.

A compassionate billing program will remain in place, meaning there are no out-of-pocket costs for Stafford residents.

The board unanimously approved the change following Tuesday’s public hearing.

Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975

kthisdell@freelancestar.com

 

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