Byron Geis with the Johnson County Fair Board updated the county commissioners on upgrades at the fairgrounds during their last commission meeting, saying the board is looking at building a new “community building.”
Geis said the board has discussed different ideas concerning remodeling the existing building and/or building a new community center.
The board, he said, is now looking into the possibility of tearing down the Exhibit Hall and building a new building that could serve as a secondary, or the primary community building if need be.
He asked the commission for guidance in how they should proceed with seeking funding and which projects they should pursue.
Commissioner Jim Hicks suggested that the entire community, the city and county, be involved in the decision as it will serve everyone in the county, including city residents.
He gave a suggestion.
What he doesn't want to see, Hicks said, is the county construct a building that may compete with one built by the city. He thinks working with the city an Kaycee in the coming months on consensus projects and consensus funds is the preferred option.
The Fair Board will apply for one-percent funds for the project as the deadline of February 1st is approaching and applications cannot be made again for two years. The one-percent funds can be used on other projects at the fairgrounds or the application withdrawn altogether if needed.