Fair Board approves 2019 budget

By Aimee Hancock - ahancock@aimmediamidwest.com

SIDNEY — A 2019 budget of $518,000 was approved by the Shelby County Fair Board at its regular meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 17.

According to President Jeremy Reese, the budget was modeled after the 2018 budget with few changes.

Ben Brautigam gave a presentation during the meeting, requesting the board appoint him to the unexpired term of director for Orange Township. As no other possible candidates attended, the board decided to appoint Brautigam to the open seat during the annual meeting in November.

Fairgrounds supervisor Chris Roediger gave a report on the water line replacement under the track that had to be bored in, so as to not disturb the condition of the track.

Roediger reported the line was in and working well. He also reported the tree next to the former horseshoe courts had been removed, along with the stump, at a cost of $1,000.

In other business:

• Reese said plans for the new electrical upgrades should be going into the bid process within the next month.

• The Food Truck Rally profitted $1,668, according to members Jake Yinger and Scott Bertsch.

• Treasurer Eugene Schulze announced that the reverse raffle was a success, with a profit of $35,617.95.

• The board discussed constitution and bi-law changes for term limits for president and vice president, along with the correct verbage to allow the board to sell beer during the fair, with other possible changes to be written up for approval or disapproval at the annual meeting by the constitution committee.

• Reese reported the District Two fall meeting would be held at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. A motion was passed to allow Reese to purchase food for the event, as the host.

• Schulze gave the directors the junior fair report for the 2018 fair year.

• Reese gave the board two estimates for the cost of replacing the window in the speed office; one bid for $375 and the second for $675. A motion was carried to accept the bid for $375.

• A motion was carried to renew the contract with Sidney Daily News for $1,000 per month, which is the same as the previous two years.

• Extension educator Cassie Dietrich requested the board pay for gas expense for volunteers to escort junior fair board members to the OFMA conference in January. Dietrich also reported the annual junior fair meeting would be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 9 a.m., in the Ag Center.

By Aimee Hancock


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