On January 24, 2019, the County’s Master Plan Vision Committee approved the updated design for “The Commons,” with a 15,000 square foot Event Center (metal building with metal roof, metal sides, concrete floor (no carpeting) and no interior room dividers; and a 17,000 covered Pavilion with open sides. In between will be parking and grassy areas. The price tag comes in at more than $10M, with expenses predicted to exceed revenue no matter the level of usage.
We, the members of CommonSense-LincolnCounty, oppose this wasteful use of the people’s money. Instead, we propose that this multi-acre parcel of land be used to solve some of the critical problems facing Lincoln County residents.
Picture a new Newport neighborhood with safe, attractive, affordable homes, playgrounds, trees, and open green spaces. Or picture a school campus with new classrooms, playing fields, and places for children of all ages to safely gather. Picture a new fairgrounds in a different, more common sense location with plenty of space to support 4-H and other beloved Fair activities – a space that does not encroach on a busy neighborhood and an already cramped high school campus. Picture whatever makes best sense to you for the area that once contained Lincoln County’s Fairground, and let us know your ideas.
In 1996, the Lincoln County Fair Board, County Commissioners, Lincoln County School District, and the City of Newport signed an Intergovernmental Agreement, stating the Lincoln County Fair should be moved to a more appropriate location. Let’s honor the practical wisdom of Lincoln County’s earlier elected officials and keep our options open for what to build, or not build, on the old Fairgrounds property and consider moving our Fairgrounds to a more appropriate site.
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