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6B Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 I I By Victoria MetcMf compliance issues. - Staff Writer Houser pointed out that ner, should have openings The Plumas-Sierra County fair managers should keep in frilled and be locked. Fair was awarded an "A" rat- mind that funding received Also in the grandstands ing following a facility in- because of an "A" or "B" rat- concession, a panel should spection by the state, ing should not be reflected in have its openings tilled. Along with that rating the 2002 operating budget. It In the art barn, a panel lo- comes a bonus of $55,000. is bonus money to cover cated in the southwest corner "Not many people out of 78some expenses, should have openings filled got 'A' rankings," said Mike and be locked. Clements, the fairground'sInspection And in the chapel in the chief executive officer. "You and your staff are to Shady Glen area, the panel Of the 78 county fairs in be commended on the condi- should have its openings California, only eight or nine tion of your facility," said filled. received the highest rating in Tom Anderson, safety spe-Anderson also recommend- the California Fair Services cialist II for the inspection, ed that the antique equip- Authority inspection. "It was quite apparent that ment on display around the This is the first year the in- hard work and dedication is grounds, should be fenced spections have been imple-applied to the upkeep of your with permanent fencing, or a mented by the state Depart- grounds, which is a key fac- rope-style fence should be in- ment of Food and Agriculture tor in maintaining a safe and stalled during events. through the Division of Fairs healthful facility for both pa- In the ag shop, a receiver and Expositions. trons and staff," Anderson tank for the air compressor said. needs to have a special per- Announcement "Your positive attitude and mit from the state, Anderson "A performance rating of commitment toward safety is indicated. 'A' is defined as a fair that greatly appreciated," he In the grandstands Ander- does not have significant added, son recommended that the compliance issues with state Three specific areas werewooden walkways be re- mandates and industry stan- cited in the report, placed, fasteners attached to dards and had a successful.Electrical equipment-main- some areas of the guard rail- 2000 season," explained Liz tenance and upkeep----an elec- ing and fencing, and to up- Houser, director of the Divi- trical preventative mainte- date the emergency lighting sion of Fairs and Expositions. nance program was recom- system. Fairs receiving an "A" rat- mended to keep electricalIn other areas of the fair- ing are eligible to receive be- equipment such as circuitgrounds, other safety items tween $45,000-$55,000 in the breaker panels, switch boxes were indicated, but most of 200!/2002 Millennium Flex and service disconnects in a these were considered minor Program Funds. safe condition, problems, such as cold patch- These funds may be used .Attractive nuisances-an-ing a section of asphalt, in- for a host of fair activities, in- tique farm equipment--thestalling more fire extinguish- cluding traveI and registra- equipment poses a potential ers, additional maintenance tion related to complianceliability exposure due to hay- inspections on the automatic training; information tech- ing unrestricted access to the fire sprinkler system in the nology hardware and up- public, art barn, and other problems. grades; modernization of op- In correcting all of the safe- erations; to address an audit .Grandstands deterioration-- ty/health issues, Anderson or health and safety issue; several areas of the grand- said the fair must correct agricultural education, capi- stands have dry rot on the them and report the dates the tal improvements, equipment seats and walk boards, asitems were corrected. purchases and other areas,well as sharp edges and haz- In examining the rankings Houser explained, ardous protrusions resulting in each area, Clements said In the evaluation, state from deterioration. "All of them are twos and fairs could be awarded an threes," which are high rat- "A," "B," or "C" rating, de- Recommendations ings. pending on the number of In correcting the identified "We've put a $1 million in problems the inspector indi- areas, Anderson recommend- this place," Clements said cated on the report, ed that a program of electri- about the attention the fair- A performance rating of cal preventive maintenance grounds has received in the "A" meant that the fair including housekeeping belast fiveyears. doesn't have significant com- implemented. pliance issues with state "Openings in some of the Funding mandates and industry stan- panels caused by missing cir- Looking at the $55,000 dards, and had a successful cult breakers, dead fronts, warded, Clements said he Season'ln'~000:'~ ~'~ .... :: *" : and knockouts create an elec- 4ntends to put some of the A "B" rating went to fairstrical shock hazard by expos- money into the reserve ac- that didn't have significant ing live circuitry," Anderson count. compliance issues but had a pointed out. He also intends to provide challenged season in 2000.Equipment in the grand- $5,000 to the Plumas County And a "C" rating went to stands area, specifically a Arts Commission for use at fairs that have significant panel in the southwest cor- the fairgrounds. I $16,000; a new roof for Head tions, $835,800; Plumas Coun- Start, $13,000; and two new ty Board of Supervisors, maintenance vehicles, $196,000; Plumas-SierraCoun- $13,600. ty Fair/Event Center, In 2000, another $297,000 $148,500; Head Start Sierra was spent on improvements Cascade opportunities, at the Plumas-Sierra County $136,000; Holiday Market, Fairgrounds. $4,800; grants, $20,400; and the Seven projects were slated. Quincy Racing Association, A total of $20,000 was spent $15,000. on the racing association's With all the improvements, new safety fence; $55,000 on Clements said, "I think we the Leonard Ross Arena up- can see what direction we grade and fencing; $23,000 for want to go into in utilizing a new tractor; $40,000 on the the fairgrounds." Tulsa Scott building's new And by continuing to turn roof and gutters; $70,000 on the facility into a multi-use the Tulsa Scott bathroom, ex- area, Clements said that terior door and window reno- eventually it will pay off. vation projects; $24,000 for "This county and this com- ADA improvements; and munity can't do enough $65,000 for the new bath- events to keep these doors rooms in the livestock area. open," Clements explained This year, a totalof$318,000 about the plan to attract was spent on another seven more events and groups to improvement projects. Thirty the fairgrounds. new RV hook-ups cost Although attendance at the $10,000, the grandstand bath- annual fair is still good, par- room renovation project was ticipants aren't entering as $40,000, the second phase of they once did. the Leonard Ross Arena pan- "You work full time," el and chutes project was Clements said as an example. $68,000, the new race track "Do you say, 'I think I'll go bathroom and showers cost home and can tonight?'" $70,000, the Leonard Ross Clements said people don't Arena electrical upgrade cost have the time they once did "$50,000, the sprinkler system to spend on making preserves upgrade was $20,000, and the and baking. Head Start playground up- And that's why it's impor- grade cost $60,000. rant to attract others who The majority of the funds want to hire the facilit for were made available through special events. the state's Fairs and Exposi- Ill By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer In 1996, it became clear to the new chief executive offi- cer, things at the fairgrounds needed to be improved. By 2001, more than $1.3 mil- lion was spent on renovation projects and new facilities. According to Mike Clements, in the first year, four areas were targeted for improvements totaling $152,300. Those areas of improve- ment were to the Tulsa Scott Exhibition building for foun- dation and exterior improve- ments, $13,000; remodeling Old Town, $9,500; a new car- nival area restroom with showers, $125,000; and the Holiday Stage, $4,800. The following year, anoth. er six projects were put on the list for improvements, to- taling ,$355,000. A new sewer project, des. tined to span a three year pe- riod from 1997-99, $190,000; two new wells with pumps and casings, $12,000; Head Start remodeling, $90,000; art barn wrap up of FEMA pro- jects, $31,000; tree replace- ment grant, $12,000; and a new roof for the administra- tive offices, $20,000. In 1998, seven projects were completed totaling $571,000. Replacing horse stall doors, $5,500; waste management tire grant, $8,400; building a new greenhouse, $3,000; pur- chasing a fork lift, $13,500; electrical pole replacements, $6,700; installing a new round arena and paneling, $10,000; and the Plumas Unified School District buy out for the football field contract, $20,000. In 1999, five projects were earmarked for improvements totaling $166,600. 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