Durham’s Museum of Life and Science hoping voters approve $14M museum bond


EQUIPMENT FOR MEDIA CENTER. IN TARBORO, LAUREN HAVILAND, CBS NORTH CAROLINA. GLAD THEY’RE ABLE TO GO BACK. MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE CAST THEIR BALLOT IN NORTH CAROLINA. THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS WHO SHARED THE NUMBERS BASED ON ABSENTEE AND EARLY VOTERS. FORTUNATELY, MORE EARLY VOTING SITES OPENED. VOTE EARLY BY NOVEMBER 5th. IN DURHAM COUNTY VETTERS VOTE ON FOUR DIFFERENT REFERENDUM ONE TO GIVE $14 MILLION IN LIFE AND SCIENCE MUSEUM IN DURHAM. AND CBS NORTH CAROLINA’S DERRICK LEWIS JOINS US LIVE FROM THE MUSEUM TO EXPLAIN HOW THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT, DERICK? Reporter: YES, SHARON THE MUSEUM JUST CLOSED BUT CHILDREN HAVE BEEN HERE ALL DAY. ON EXHIBITS LIKE THIS ONE THAT TEACH YOU HOW TO HOLD YOUR BALANCE AND PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS. THE MUSEUM IS ASKING FOR $14 MILLION TO EXPAND EXHIBITS LIKE THIS ONE AS IT CONTINUES TO GROW. SELF FAMILIES AND STUDENTS VISITED THE MUSEUM OF LIFE AND SCIENCE TODAY. WE USE THIS MUSEUM CONSTANTLY. IT IS AN AMAZING ASSET TO OUR COMMUNITY. Reporter: TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO GO AT THE MUSEUM THAT ALREADY SEES HALF A MILLION VISITORS A YEAR. IF VOTERS APPROVE THE BOND $14 MILLION OF TAXPAYER MONEY WILL GO TO ACCOMMODATING THAT GROWTH. IT WILL HELP US MAINTAIN AND RENEW THE EXHIBITS. WE’RE TYING BUILD NEW CLASSROOMS AND HAVE NEW SPACE INSIDE THE BUILDING FOR ALL THE PEOPLE YOU SEE COMING HERE. Reporter: WHILE THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY SHE SUPPORTS THE BOND BECAUSE SHE SEES THE GROWTH. IT’S AN MS.ING PRICE OF FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES TO EXPLORE AND BE IN NATURE AND EVERY NEW THING THEY MAKES JUST OVER THE TOP. Reporter: THE BOND IS PART OTHER MUSEUM’S 10 YEAR, $34 MILLION CAP TAM PLAN. IF VOTERS DON’T APPROVE THE REFERENDUM THE MUSEUM’S VICE PRESIDENT SAYS THERE COULD BE PROBLEMS IN WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOME CAPACITY ISSUES. WE REALLY WANT TO SERVE EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO COME HERE. Reporter: NOW, ALL FOUR BONDS ARE NOT GROUPED TOGETHER WHICH MEANS VOTERS WILL HAVE TO VOTE SEPARATELY ON EACH BAND.