VERNON — The Vernon Historical Society is looking to expand, and hopes to add a doorway connecting the new rooms they’ll use for a valuable genealogy collection.

Angia Morris, president of Vernon Historical Society, asked the City Council during Monday’s council meeting to help with process of procuring inmate labor to cut the doorway between the rooms 3 and 4 to allow access to the genealogy section. She submitted a work order to the city and a request for a letter of certification that the Vernon City Hall is asbestos-free building.

The Vernon Historical Society began in 1998 with a group of 18 residents who wanted to preserve historical information for the town. The society collects, preserves and displays historic artifacts, photographs and documents.

“The inmates should have a copy of all our documentation,” said Mayor Michelle Cook.

“We want the door to be something with a separate lock,” Morris said. The historical society will use the room to store the genealogy information we got from the Sims family.

“We don’t know what kind of procedures will be in place for accessing the material, but there will be some set,” she said.

Morris said the historical society would pay for all materials for the door installation.

The council approved the request.

The council also voted to reject a Department of Transportation offer to purchase a portion of the city’s property at Dawkins and Main for $4,000 to serve as right-of-way. The city wants to sell the whole property to the state. The property is the site where the canning center is located, said Council Member Tina Sloan. She recommended the council reject the first offer from the DOT.

If the DOT had taken the right of way it wanted, the highway would go right up to the canning center’s front door, Sloan said.

In other business, the city council also approved of the Vernon High School Band Boosters holding a dance at the high school gym following the Homecoming game on Oct. 13.