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City council vote fallout, B&O Railroad Museum executive director responds to vote to defund mounted unit

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 19:33:01-04

BALTIMORE — Earlier this week, Baltimore’s City council voted to defund the police department's mounted and marine units.

The director of the B&O Railroad Museum isn't too happy about this.

Kris Hoellen said the unit was set to move into its new home. A state-of-the-art equestrian facility on the museum’s property.

Following the Baltimore unrest, a lease was negotiated to move the unit to the stable to reflect the city’s interest in investing in the west side.

Hoellen said defunding the unit sends the signal that the city council is no longer interested in west side investment or improvement.

She also said the cost savings will not work out for the city due to its lease with the museum.

"Even more importantly that stable has had investment by the private sector, by the state, by foundations and we would hate to see them not want to invest in the city again because this project did not go though."

The facility was built with an education center in it.

Hoellen said she was looking forward to the children in the neighborhood bonding with the police, learning about equine studies, law enforcement and transportation.