By Linda Kor
Mike Sample was re-elected as president of the Navajo County Fair Board during the board’s annual meeting Jan. 8. Rusty DeSpain was elected as vice president, Marshall Losey as secretary and Valerie Slade as treasurer.
Prior to the election of officers, eight members were elected to the board. The board amended the organization’s bylaws last month to allow for 21 board members, rather than the 15 previously allowed. Board members hope that the added number will provide more members to seek sponsors and to share the increasing demands of an expanding county fair.
There were 11 vacancies to be filled on the board, with Wes DeSpain, Trent Larson, Steve Gouker and Leah Thompson each seeking to retain their seats. Others seeking a seat on the board included Jason Lewis, Heather Scott, Paul Van Zelf and Anna Amos, a former board member. Since there were eleven seats and only eight candidates the board voted unanimously to allow all candidates a seat on the board.
In order to stagger the terms so that not all seats would be vacant at once, names were drawn from a hat to determine the length of each term. Thompson, Lewis, Larson and DeSpain were chosen for three-year terms, Amos and Gouker for two-year terms, and Van Zelf and Scott, one-year terms.
With the close of the annual meeting the new board reconvened for its first meeting of the new year.
Sample reported that although they were pleased with the completion of the new electrical upgrade for the fairgrounds, there was an unexpected outcome.
“We received our first bill and it was about triple what our electric bill has been,” he said, explaining that the bill for that portion of the fairgrounds has historically been about $500 and this last bill was about $1,500.
While Sample noted his concerns over a situation that was supposed to provide a cost savings, several board members spoke up, stating that they have had experience with defective meters and that was likely the case here.
Sample said he would have the meters checked to ensure they were functioning properly and would report back to the board.
In other business, the board approved facilities requests for a Cinderella Pageant fundraiser Bonco party to be held on Feb. 15 and for the Holbrook High School junior class to hold the junior/senior prom in Martinez Hall on April 26.
The next fair board meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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By Linda Kor