BEATRICE – The Gage County Agricultural Society has received a vote of approval from county officials for a beer garden at this year’s fair, scheduled for the last week in July.
Fair Board President Roger Henrichs says there is a modification being planned this year.
"Usually in the past years we've asked for two (permits), but this year we're only asking for one. We are enlarging the one that was always there. It was a hundred and fifty by one hundred. This year we want to make it a little larger."
The beer garden would operate Wednesday through Saturday of the fair, but not on Sunday. Gage County Sheriff Millard Gustafson said his department has no problem with approving the special designated permit.
Gage County Fair Treasurer Lisa Wiegand told county officials that beer sales have netted the fair roughly $42,000 in the past. She said without those sales, the board could not keep the fair as a free admission event to the public.
The county board recommended approval of the permit, by a 7-0 vote.
In other action Wednesday....
The supervisors approved the bid of a Grand Island company to paint centerlines, passing lane lines and edge stripes on about 34-miles of county asphalt roads.
The bid of Straight-Line Striping, Inc. totaling $40,809 was approved by the supervisors. The company’s bid was the only one received. Road and Bridge Committee Chairman Terry Jurgens said although the cost of the work increased, it was not a huge hike.
Board members also approved a policy change affecting townships. It will allow township officials to swap rock for gravel on roadways, for Fall of 2020 allocations yet to be completed and for this year’s spring allocations of road material.
The policy would then revert to allowing two miles of rock, instead of gravel, during upcoming fall delivery.