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Dunn County Fair Board could see tweaks

Number of citizen members could increase; term limits may be lifted

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    during the opening day of the Dunn County Fair in Menomonie on July 25, 2018 . View more photos at LeaderTelegramPhotos.com

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MENOMONIE — The Dunn County Fair Board could see a bump in the number of citizen members it is allowed to have from six to potentially eight, and consecutive term limits may be lifted.

The Dunn County Executive Committee heard an update Wednesday on dissolving and reforming the Fair Board with the new qualifications.

Effective Oct. 1 citizen Fair Board members will be able to serve three-year terms without a limitation on the number of consecutive terms. The board will also be able to hold up to eight members. Currently the Fair Board is made up of one county supervisor and six citizen members.

All of the current board members can continue to serve after Oct. 1.

Supervisor Charles Maves said that this is some “house cleaning” by bringing together previous resolutions regarding term limits under this new one.

In recent years, he said, the workload that Fair Board members take on has been increasing.

“We are finding that as time goes on there are more things to be done by Fair Board members,” he said.

Maves said that the board has a number of enthusiastic members and it would be beneficial to keep them on the board, which is one reason to allow consecutive terms. He said in previous years it can be hard to find new members.

“This year we had people that wanted to be on the board,” he said.

He added that this year about 40,000 people attended the Dunn County Fair.

The resolution will move on to the County Board where it will be voted on.

Efforts to relocate county offices from downtown Menomonie into the Dunn County Community Services building, 3001 U.S. 12 E., on Menomonie’s east side also were discussed.

County Manager Paul Miller said that bids were opened to hire a construction manager. The county hopes to award a bid by the end of the week. He said that by next week the manager should be able to begin work.

Contact: 715-830-5840, ben.rueter@ecpc.com, @BenRueter on Twitter

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