County moves forward with new fairgrounds building |

County moves forward with new fairgrounds building

Gary E. Salazar

— Routt County took a major step Tuesday in moving forward with the centerpiece of its master plan for the Routt County Fairgrounds.

On Tuesday, the commissioners unanimously approved to purchase a $213,000 multipurpose building for the fairgrounds in Hayden.

“We are getting a great success here,” said Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak. “This is the beginning of our implementation of our master plan.”

Although the building will be delivered in May, the county still needs to raise about $90,000 to erect the structure.

“Our goal is to have the building up and operational by next year’s county fair,” said Chuck Locke, a member of the Routt County Fair Board who is working on the project.

If the new building is ready by next August, the facility would host livestock shows, livestock sales and horse events.

The county decided to purchase the steel building from EagleSpan Steel Structures Inc., which is based in Loveland.

The county decided to go with EagleSpan, even though the company’s bid was not the lowest out of five that were submitted.

The reason the commissioners went with EagleSpan, which submitted the third-lowest bid, is because its building features other amenities not included in the lower bids.

“We know what we are getting for our buck,” Commissioner Dan Ellison said. “The fair board made substantial review of what would fit the county best. This is the best bang for our buck.”

Costs the county will not have to worry about once the building is erected are lighting, insulation and painting the inside of the arena, Ellison said.

Prior to submitting the recommendation, the fair board traveled to buildings constructed by EagleSpan and other bidders.

The multipurpose building EagleSpan built for Garfield County sealed the board’s decision, Locke said.

“We went out and saw what the differences were,” Locke said. “We are getting the same building that is in Rifle. People need to go out and take a look at that facility. It is pretty nice.”

To purchase the building, the county is using a number of sources. The county is using $167,000 in lottery funds and $36,000 that has been raised by 4-H clubs in Routt County.

To pay for the cost to erect the building, the fair board has applied for numerous grants.

The board has applied for a $137,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant and has submitted applications for $100,000 from the Gates Foundation and Coors, said Terry Doherty, fair board administrative assistant.

“Everyone I have talked to are interested in the project,” Doherty said.

Along with these grants, Doherty is preparing an application for a $300,000 Energy Impact Grant.

The fair board is applying for all these grants because the total cost for the project is $1 million, Doherty said.

Other costs for the project include access roads to the facility, a parking lot, a trail, a pedestrian bridge and sewer and water lines.

Commissioner Doug Monger, who lives outside of Hayden, is excited about the project.

“This is going to be perfect for the fair,” Monger said.

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