Fairgrounds talks continue

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Negotiations between the Wise County Fairgrounds Committee and the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse continued this week after County Judge Bill McElhaney announced in a meeting Monday that the group’s lease on the county-owned Fairgrounds would not be renewed.

The newly-appointed committee, which includes Commissioners Kevin Burns and Danny White, Public Works Administrator Tom Goode and Sheriff David Walker, met with Posse representatives Wednesday to begin hammering out details of the transition.

Burns said it was a productive meeting. After the committee lines out the details of the arrangement, it will meet with other groups that regularly use the facility.

Goode said little to nothing will change in regard to these events.

“It’s basically a different place to come pick up the key,” he said.

Although nothing has been approved yet through commissioners court, it has been discussed that Goode’s department will manage the facility and oversee its upkeep with the help of inmate work crews.

Committee members will most likely give a report during the Sept. 30 commissioners meeting.

Russell Stephens, president of the Sheriff’s Posse, did not return a call by press time Friday.

No Posse members attended Monday’s meeting, but the lease renewal was not on the agenda. The subject came up under county committee reports, a time in which already formed committees give reports and new committees can be created.

As of Thursday, the county did not yet have the keys to the facility.

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