The Sheridan County Fair Board held their monthly meeting Thursday night. For years, there's been talk about what to do about the mud in Arena 1 and initial steps are now being taken to eliminate the problem.
Tom Pilch of Pilch Engineering presented a proposal on what needs to be done.
Pilch tells us the idea is to find out what the composition of the soil is and then amend it. It boils down to cost.
Once soil testing is done, Pilch will give a report summarizing the data, recommendations, and an operation and maintenance plan for the board to act upon.
In other business, Fairgrounds Director Melissa Albrecht received approval from the board to move forward on the purchase of two new trucks, replacing the unsafe, old, and just plain worn-out vehicles currently in use at the fairgrounds.
But it is all contingent on her finding funding out of the operating budget. It comes down to cutting expenses and Albrecht was confident she would make the cuts to make the truck payments.
Other discussion included taking care of the electical issues in the open pens and livestock barn which are not up to code.
Albrecht ended the meeting with a video presentation walking through the proposed $25 million all-purpose arena. Board Chairman Steve Eliason said, “Now, is the time to talk about it and get community support. We need to be moving forward; not continually looking at the short-term, but look at long-term.”
The video presentation can be seen on the Facebook page for the Sheridan County Fairgrounds.