Recently, executive members of the Cherokee County Fair Association, representatives from the 4H-Facilities Betterment Committee, City Fire Department, and five representative for the State Department of Public Safety, including Iowa State Fire Marshall Ray Reynolds, met at the fairgrounds regarding a use variance for the new Cherokee 4H Expo Center.
After a required plan review of the Cherokee 4H Expo Center, the installation of a sprinkler system in the arena portion of the building was deemed necessary.
The sprinkler requirement is due to the size of the arena. The 4H-Facilities Betterment Committee, the Cherokee County Fair Board, and the City of Cherokee have been working on getting a waiver of the sprinkler system requirement for the Cherokee 4H Expo Center at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.
After a building inspection by the representatives from the Department of Public Safety and discussion about future options regarding use of the building, the State Fire Marshall agreed to grant the Cherokee County Fair Association a two-year building use variance.
This means that the Cherokee County 4H Expo Center will be in use during the upcoming County Fair. During the two-year time of the variance, the Cherokee County Fair Association will need to examine the options and complete the one best suited for not only use of the 4H Expo Center, but also one that is fiscally responsible.