The Custer County Ag Society held its regular board meeting on Thursday, April 13. The financial report was approved and Scott Reynolds brought up that an additional $15,443.76 will soon be deposited from the Custer County Treasurer. Board of Supervisor member Don McCullough confirmed that the funds from Custer County are less than last year at this time due to tax payments coming in slowly to the Treasurer’s office.
Broken Bow Elks member Gary Wright was granted approval for the Elks to again sponsor the teen dance at the 2017 Custer County Fair. Todd Jonas presented a plan for adding 13 camper pedestals to the Custer County Fairgrounds in a two-stage process. The estimated cost of this project, which includes adding transformers and water hydrants, came to $31,900. No official vote was taken but the board agreed that the project needs to be continued and other funding sources need to be considered.
Scott Reynolds reported that a tractor and loader purchase or lease is still in the research process and that the grounds crew will continue to evaluate the current tractor’s capabilities with the Black Widow Arena conditioner.
JJ Marten reported the grounds crew has been repairing the doors on the stall barn and installing the new sound system in Building 19. Due to savings on less total wire used, an additional wireless microphone will be purchased.
Event Coordinator Michelle Nelson requested an events checking account to simplify the process of making event payments. Corey Palmer made a motion to approve, Reynolds seconded, and the motion passed.
Reynolds made motion for the Building and Grounds Committee to work with Michelle Nelson and the Extension office to address issues regarding camper hookups for the Custer County Fair. Sonja Atkins seconded and the motion passed. The committee is also looking into adding onto the Open Air beef barn.
The Cherry County Ag Society has agreed to purchase the 12-foot Ground Hog Arena Conditioner for $5,500.
It was discussed that the wash rack needs additional space but the board decided it does not have the funds for the project at this time. Markham Construction gave a bid of $11,900 and Completed Underground gave a bid of $11,500.
Corey Palmer reported issues with last-minute event cancellations. The current contracts do not have a penalty but the board felt there needs to be a deadline for returning the signed contracts and a cancellation penalty.
JJ Marten reported the new park received $5,000 from Wind Energy I group, which will allow electricity to the restroom area and for planting to take place. The Mid-States Rodeo Committee will be starting up soon to plan for the next MSRF in Broken Bow September 15-17. Travis Schauda will preside over this committee.
The meeting adjourned at 9:17pm.