A dispute with the board raises questions on the way forward for the Brill trolley buses on the Pool 6 web site
THUNDER BAY — The face of the group that organized to deliver the alexander henry again to Thunder Bay to function a museum ship has stepped apart.
Charlie Brown stated his resignation as president of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society was efficient final month.
“There was plenty of points that I had an issue with. Principally, I used to be changing into an impotent puppet president,” Brown stated in a press release to media on Monday.
“I had individuals on the board getting in a very completely different route than the mandate of the structure… I principally obtained moved out.”
For its half, the museum society board stated it was solely Brown’s determination to go away.
Brown’s assertion detailed a number of causes for his falling-out with the remainder of the board, the primary being “No help whereas I used to be shouldering nearly all of the workload, leading to burnout.”
He additionally alleged there was ongoing interference along with his place and the erosion of his powers to successfully carry out his duties as president.
Brown criticized the board, as properly, for failing to work tougher to persuade the town to switch to the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society the management of the historic james whalen tugboat earlier than it sank within the Kam River final 12 months.
Board spokesperson Rob Kilgour stated the board needs to acknowledge Brown’s contributions to the expansion and improvement of the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society, including “It was by no means an act on the a part of the board to work in opposition to him in any sense.”
However he additionally refuted Brown’s complaints
“When it comes to a few of the accusations that he has made… the board has reviewed these and wholly disputes them,” Kilgour stated.
“It is actually unlucky that he may deliver this kind of factor ahead. We’re a board of volunteers. We’re right here for the betterment of our group. We’re a museum. We wish the most effective in each respect.”
Requested what triggered the rift, Kilgour stated the board determined as a complete “to go in a route… with no animosity, and making an attempt to take care of a stage of excellent will throughout.”
“There are occasions while you’re not heading within the route, and you’ve got that autonomy resolve whether or not that’s nonetheless what you need to do,” Kilgour stated, with out citing specifics.
The board spokesperson stated the board “works like a board” and has some glorious, competent members who’ve been capable of tackle increasingly more obligations as they’ve developed of their roles.
how [Brown] perceived that, I can not say,” Kilgour stated.
Brown continues to function president of the Buddies of the Brill, the non-profit group that the acquisition and restoration of two Thunder Bay-made Brill trolley buses from British Columbia.
The buses had been placed on show on the Pool 6 web site close to the Alexander Henry in 2021.
In response to Brown, there was initially a plan to amalgamate the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society and Buddies of the Brill and to function a mixed transportation museum, however that was “till current developments.”
Brown recommended the buses might now must be faraway from their current location, however is providing to maintain them there beneath the supervision of Buddies of the Brill if LTMS supplies 10 per cent of gross revenues to cowl its ongoing prices.
“This inside preventing shouldn’t be the way in which I wished it to go,” Brown stated. “I am nonetheless more than pleased to take a seat down with individuals and search for new choices.”
For now, at the very least, the Lakehead Transportation Museum Society is not commenting publicly about that provide, most definitely due to the likelihood that legal professionals will become involved sooner or later.