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|Ouray County Fairgrounds granstands to be removed|
|Written by Administrator|
|Friday, 24 May 2013 18:22|
The following is a press release submitted to the Ouray County Plaindealer from Susan Long, manager of the Ouray County Fairgrounds, on May 22, 2013.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, during the Fairgrounds Advisory Council meeting at the 4-H Event Center, the user groups were informed of the need to remove the roof of the current grandstands structure in order to comply with a recent certified engineering update/study issued by Russell Engineering. Susan Long, Fairgrounds Manager, explained the need to remove the problematic roof of the structure. Will Clapsadl, Ouray County Facilities Manager, addressed the actual process of how this will be accomplished. The final result will be, with the roof removed, the remaining grandstands structure could then be used for the 2013 season.
Susan Long stated “we all know that the current grandstands are antiquated and in disrepair. Each year of use has increased the possibility of problems of public safety and liability for the general public, our user groups and sponsors of events, Ouray County, and the Town of Ridgway. With this latest engineering report, we need to move forward before the first large outdoor event of the season which is June 15th.”
Don Batchelder, Ouray County Commissioner reiterated “the county cannot ignore the report from the engineering firm, it is a matter of public safety, and liability for the county.”
It was discussed that the cost factors of trying to repair the roof at this stage would be prohibitive, and the money could be utilized towards building a new grandstands with the aid of public support and a GOCO grant.
The users groups present were asked to participate in a Grandstands and Fairgrounds Design Committee. With their suggestions and design, the county could quickly move forward with submission of a new GOCO grant to replace the grandstands. Connie Hunt, Ouray County Administrator, explained the history of the previous GOCO grant submission, and the process to begin a new grant submission. Susan Long addressed the need for community outreach, interaction, and participation in the marketing and fundraising efforts to raise the funds needed to match any GOCO award. Ideas were submitted from the user groups and a committee will be formed in the very near future.
Work on the roof removal will be done by the county, and will start as soon as possible to insure a safe and fun season for the upcoming outdoor events.
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