What To Do About Lincoln County's Aging Fairgrounds?
The Lincoln County Fairgrounds is suffering from years of neglect. Officials are starting to consider options to renovate or rebuild some of the facilities.
"Poor." That's the word Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall used to describe the state of the Fairgrounds. He says numerous buildings are worn down, and rising operating costs are prompting the county to look at options for the property.
Hall: "We've had a team of consultants at work for most of the past year to look at not only what the building needs are, but the future of really the Fair Event, and the other events that happen at our fairgrounds."
Hall says it's likely this is going to be an on-going financial commitment and he wants the public to be aware of that.
Hall: "People in theory keep saying they want to see the fairgrounds and the fair continue. But if they are willing and able to pay for it will be another question. And I think until we have a firm proposal to put before them, we really won't know the answer to that."
A series of public meetings are being held next week in Newport, Waldport, Lincoln City and Toledo to discuss financing, and other options.
January 27th: Waldport. Waldport City Hall - 6:00 PM
January 28th: Lincoln City Hall - 10:00 AM, Toledo City Hall - 2:00 PM, Newport County Courthouse, - 6:00 PM