2/10/2017 1:56:09 PM
Custer County Ag Society held regular meetjing Feb 9th

The Custer County Ag Society met for their regular monthly meeting Thursday, February 9th to address regular business items and discuss moving forward on short and long term goals. UNL Extension Educator Troy Walz provided reports for the Custer County Extension and 4-H activities. Walz told the board members progress is being made on the 2017 fair book and 4-H members are currently selling ads. Livestock weigh-ins were held recently. Walz said there was 221 head of beef weighed compared to 205 last year. The weights ranged from 440 lbs to 1,115 lbs.

Grounds Manager JJ Martin provided information concerning a 5-year tractor lease that ends July 1, 2017. The news was not what the Board wanted to hear. Martin said preliminary negotiations indicate a dramatic increase in lease fees for a John Deere Utility's Tractor that is essential for fairgrounds operations. Following a lengthy discussion, the Board approved a motion to appoint Scott Reynolds, Ron Chytka, and JJ Martin to look into other options and to negotiate with other dealers and the current provider Plains Equipment Group. 

One of the goals identified during a special planning meeting earlier this year was to add barn stalls in 2017.  The Board asked Chris Pearson, owner and manager of Pearson Construction and a Lester Building dealer, to provide information on design possibilities and estimated cost for a new stall barn. Pearson presented preliminary drawings for a post frame structure without sides, either 60' x 120' or 60' x 180' in size. The conversation led to many issues such as water availability, electricity needs, and best location. Sonia Atkins suggested working on the grounds layout before moving forward on the proposed building. The Board elected to move the building issue over to the Grounds Committee for further research and consideration. The Board members thanked Pearson for his input. Pearson said he was happy to provide the preliminary information, and understood the Board will need to advertise for bids from other contractors when they were ready to build.

Other goals set for 2017 were to provide employees transportation to use on the grounds and replace the sound system in the main horse barn.  Vice Chairman Travis Shauda was happy to report that Ag-land ATV in Broken Bow offered a very generous lease for a UTV side by side. As part of the agreement, Ag-land will have the right to have their signage on the vehicle.  With thanks, the Board all voted to approve the agreement. The Board also passed a motion to purchase a new sound system from Yanda's Music in Kearney for $9,951. The funds will come from $7,000  in donations that have been received and $1,000 in memorial money. The remaining balance will be paid from the capital funds account. Some members were not comfortable using the memorial money for the project. The motion passed 4 in favor and 3 against.  

The Board also discussed the Ag Society's first Winter Ball. There is still some income to be counted and just a few expense bills they have not received, but the net earnings are expect to exceed $30,000. Look for the 2nd Annual Winter Ball in 2018. 


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