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By Jim Davison
The Times 

Waitsburg Fairgrounds Grandstand Issues


August 17, 2017

Dear Editor,

When the issue of problems with the Waitsburg Fairgrounds grandstand first came up more than a year ago, it was supposed to be easy and inexpensive to determine whether to fix the problems and keep the structure or tear it down. After this much time and thousands of dollars spent on expert opinions, the decision has still not been made to repair or demolish.

Are there other options? Portable grandstands were mentioned. Should their cost be added to the cost of demolition to be comparable with rebuilding? What about a pole-building style slanted roof over the portables to protect those sitting on them from the elements? Should that cost be explored, as well? Are there other options/considerations which have not been mentioned/explored?

Preserving the historic grandstands would be nice, if economically feasible, but the limited use they would receive must also be kept in mind. A few other uses of the fairgrounds/grandstands have been suggested/mentioned with most being refused for various reasons. If nothing positive comes from any of the alternatives mentioned why risk suggesting anything?

How much more time and money do Waitsburg taxpayers want spent on this issue? At least one council member sent an email encouraging folks to express their opinion on this matter at the August 16 Council meeting, 7 p.m. at the Lion’s Building. It is hoped they will present positive suggestions rather than just personal opinions.

Jim Davison



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