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By Dena Martin
The Times 

Council Returns to Grandstand Dilemma

Three entities recommend removal but city would like to retain the history


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Photos like these, included in a risk assessement report, point out rotting wood, wood-to-soil, toenailed joints, and sub-standard construction of the Waitsburg grandstands.

WAITSBURG – After investing more than a year and spending thousands of dollars for engineering reports, drawings, and structural assessments to determine if renovating the Waitsburg fairgrounds grandstands is feasible, the outlook is bleak.

City Manager Randy Hinchliffe reported to council members that two engineers and a risk control representative have examined the grandstands and all three agree that the building is unsafe and that demolition may be the best option.

Engineer John Raby was hired by the city to perform a structural assessment and create drawing of the grandstands. He pr...

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