Drawing of Proposed Expo Center
Tonight’s meeting has the potential of being anything but regular. Administrative Coordinator Randy Schultz will provide clarifications to the board from the County’s insurance company regarding the replace ment of the Grandstand at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. In a letter from Crawford and Company, it will be noted; the County has 2-years from the date of loss to repair or replace the structure. This is also dependent on the type of structure the County chooses to build as a replacement. In the official response from the Insurance Company; The County has the right to ask for a time extension while due diligence is being conducted. The Fund may grant or deny any such extension.
Lincoln County has already received an insurance payment in the amount of 453,858 dollars from the insurance company, the final maximum payment would be 924-thousand dollars for a total of 1 Million 377 Thousand dollars. County Supervisors may consider the responses of the Insurance Company during tonight’s meeting. Supervisors may use these finding before making a decision on opening the bidding process for the building of a Grandstand or may also reconsider and seek more information on the proposed Expo Center.
Whatever the decision tonight; the County is not under any time constraints for the Insurance money payout, it was noted in a letter from Crawford and Company, the County still has 13 months to make any decision and can file for an extension.
Supporters of the Lincoln County Expo Center have been holding Town Hall Meetings and meeting with County Taxpayers seeking support for an EXPO Center at the fairgrounds. Dale Christianson one of the supporters, addressed the concerns of higher taxes in Lincoln County saying the group has a business plan the the proposed Expo Center can make the County money. During a town hall meeting last week, supporters answered questions of citizens and also unveiled an artist rendering of the proposed new Lincoln County Expo Center.
This Expo Center is intended to replace the grandstands at the fairgrounds. This building is designed to be used throughout the year. Supporters say the Expo Center would host many different events not offered in Lincoln County like; Motocross shows, Winter cross, Truck and Tractor Pulls as well as concerts, horse or dog shows and RV or Sporting Shows. The proposed Expo Center is expected to be the largest venue outside of Milwaukee, Madison or Green Bay. The arena floor would measure 150 by 250 feet and have a capacity of close to 3600, if a concert was held, close to 6000 people could enjoy the event.