After plenty of discussion, the Lincoln County Board ultimately decided to put off a decision on what to do with the fairgrounds until November.
In what has become an monthly debate, the board is considering a replacement for the previous grandstand that was taken down due to storm damage. Most of the discussion involves a grandstand versus an expo center.
Last night’s meeting had three related items on the agenda. The first, accepted an offer from the insurance company to pay the settlement in full and would close the claim. Another key issue was the waiving of any time limit or requirements to build a similar structure. After some discussion and a failed amendment, the board approved accepting the agreement.
The next item was accepting a recommended bid for a grandstand. Four bids came in for the project after a previous request for proposal. Due to the fact the bids were presented to the members just prior to the meeting, some felt uncomfortable taking the recommendation without looking them over. A motion was made and defeated to table the issue to February, but this would have put the decision beyond the 150 day limit for the proposals. Ultimately the board moved the date back so that it fell into that 150 day window in November.
The last item was a request for $120,000 for architectural drawings for an expo center. Supporters said it would give a better picture and better financial estimates for the project. Opponents felt this was spending money to a project that hasn’t been approved by the board. The board did not approve the money.
So in all likelihood, we won’t know the plans for the fairgrounds until November at the earliest.