JP’s hear from fair board

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    MOUNT IDA – Montgomery County Fair Board President Jeff Robertson spoke to the Justices of the Peace during the monthly quorum court meeting Monday night.
    Robertson told the JPs that new lights had been installed in all the buildings at the fairgrounds. He stated that they had not received a statement yet on the renovation, but they had received a grant that would cover the cost.
    He shared that upcoming events at the fairgrounds included a pageant in December and a pair of circuses next year. One circus is scheduled to be in town in January and another in March.
    He asked that the board consider budgeting $6,000 for the fair board.
    JP Tims Edwards asked if the fair board had put any more thought into an area flea market to be held at the fairgrounds. Robertson answered by pointing out that they had held yard sales out there with mixed results. He stated that the first two went well, but then attendance dropped drastically.
    JP Kenn Greene asked if there was any understanding as to why the third one didn’t succeed. Robertson pointed out that it was primarily the same people selling items every month and he figured most people quick coming because they were seeing the same things for sale.
    Edwards offered his appreciation for the work the fair board had done over the course of the past year.
    County Judge Sammy Jones added that he had heard nothing but good things about the fair board.
    In other business, the JPs passed an ordinance setting milage rates for the upcoming year. They also passed a handful of appropriation ordinances.
    County Clerk Debbie Baxter mentioned that an ordinance past last year which set up a “rainy day” fund of $10,000 had to be either amended, or repealed at the request of auditors. She explained that the original ordinance was considered too vague and they needed to add a line item number for the fund.
    The JPs agreed that they wanted to keep the fund active and asked Baxter to prepare an amendment for the ordinance to be discussed at next week’s meeting.