Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat

The City of Sonora has released some new information about why the city's Fire Museum and Senior Lounge remain closed to the public, adding there is no sure timeline for reopening.

In a prepared statement Monday, City Administrator Tim Miller said the city opted to temporarily lock up the 125 N. Washington St. building because of a civil dispute between family members that led to on-site incidents and involved the police.

The decision also stemmed from disagreements between patrons and volunteers concerning scheduling and activities at the lounge, according to Miller's statement.

The city is reviewing possible changes to operations at the lounge and museum and will keep it closed for now.

The Sonora City Council will discuss the issue next week, with no action expected before that. The city, however, will allow the fire museum to open on weekends and for special events.

"The city's goal is to maintain a safe and secure environment for our volunteers, patrons and visitors," Miller stated.

For the full story see today's Union Democrat.

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