May 082013

By Linda Kor
The Navajo County Fair Board is seeking a new member due to the resignation of board member Teri Nelson.
Nelson was on the board for a number of years and it was noted by those present at the board’s May 1 meeting that his presence would be sorely missed.
“He’s really done a lot here at the fairgrounds, especially with the electrical. Because, as we all know, there’s always an electrical issue here,” stated President Mike Sample.
The board hopes to fill the vacancy during the June 6 meeting. Those interested in joining the board must submit a letter of interest and secure the sponsorship of a board member.
In other business, the board discussed the ongoing electrical improvements, which currently involve the installation of light poles in the small arena at the fair grounds. “The county has poured pedestals for the light polls, so that work is continuing,” explained Sample.
The board also hopes to purchase a new sound system for the large arena, as the current sound system is what Sample called “antiquated.”
Board member Rusty DeSpain was not present at the meeting, but had informed Sample that he had been looking into the matter and a system that he believes would be sufficient is going to run approximately $6,000. Sound systems are based on seating capacity and the system being considered would accommodate seating of 3,500.
“We’re going to look into this more, but I would like to hold off until we know just what the county funding will be first,” said Sample.
The board agreed to look into the matter thoroughly and expects to have information on funding by the end of the month.
Also during the meeting, a facilities request by board member Tim Kelley was approved for a birthday party to be held on Aug. 17.