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New bathrooms at fair become No. 1 priority
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Come September, the only long lines at the Warren County A&L Fair might be at the rides, not outside the restrooms.
The Warren County Commission has voted to appropriate $25,000 to upgrade the restrooms at the Warren County A&L Fairgrounds.
The money can be used to either renovate the existing restrooms or to build new restrooms.
Commissioner Kenneth Rogers asked, “Does the fair board not have money in their budget to do this on their own?”
County Executive John Pelham said, “When they approached us about this matter this year, we have recognized for some time the restrooms at the fair have been needing some attention. They have been holding their money back for the last couple of years. This was guestimated to be around a $50,000 project. They have about half of that amount to spend. Since that time, they have received estimates. The estimates are higher than originally believed to be. With discussions we have had recently, with $25,000 from the county and with their $25,000, they could possibly borrow another $15,000 to $20,000 to complete this project. They are hoping that somewhere in that range is where they can land to make this happen to have new restrooms.”
Pelham then said if the resolution passed, the $25,000 would be taken out of nonprofit appropriations for the upcoming year.
“We were afraid that if we waited until we passed next year’s nonprofits budget, that it might be too late for them to get the money and have the restrooms ready for this year’s fair,” said Pelham.
Commissioner Blaine Wilcher said earlier in a committee meeting his family would be very happy with the news the fair will be getting new restrooms.
“We always have to make sure we go to the bathroom before we leave and we sometimes stop at McDonald’s because my girls do not like the lines at the fair. They will be very excited if to know the fair may be getting new restrooms,” said Wilcher.
The County Commission had to vote to amend the budget before a vote could be taken on the resolution appropriating the money to the fair board for building or renovating restrooms. The vote amending the nonprofit budget passed 23-1 with Kenneth Rogers voting no.
The resolution making appropriations of $25,000 to the Warren County A&L Fair to provide assistance with the renovation of existing restrooms or the construction of new restrooms at the fairgrounds also passed 23-1 with Rogers voting no.