Fair Association elects new officers

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan County Fair Association held elections for half of the board positions at its meeting Thursday.

Chairman Steve Eliason was elected to one more year as the board chairman.

“They convinced him to do it, and he graciously accepted,” Fairgrounds Director Jamie Ringley said.

Jeff Foster stepped down as vice chairman, and current treasurer/secretary Ed Johlman was elected to fill the vice chairman position. Foster will finish his term, which lasts one more year, as a regular board member.

Elections to fill the treasurer/secretary position will be held at the next meeting of the fair board in February.

The board voted to approve revisions to the personnel policy. Ringley said the changes were basic updates to language and definitions in order to line up better with the county’s personnel policy.

In his director’s report, Ringley updated the board on progress with paving the Exhibit Hall parking lot. He said most of the rotomill has been hauled and bladed, which has established a grade and already helped the project along. The county commissioners will award a bid for work on the curbs and gutters at their meeting Jan. 21.

It is estimated the paving project will be complete by May 1 before the fair season gets going in full swing, Ringley said.

Fairgrounds staff have been cleaning, painting and making small repairs in the winter months, including a new coat of paint in the fair office, Ringley said in his report.

Ringley also noted that he has been in discussion with Scott Hininger of the UW Extension Office about the possibility of dredging the Rotary Park pond at the fairgrounds with hopes of eventually stocking it with fish. That discussion will continue with the Game and Fish Department and the county, Ringley said.

The fair association will next meet Feb. 13.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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