The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors approved $70,000 from the county's Betterment Fund to be used for a sprinkler system at the 4-H Expo Center located at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds.
In June, executive members of the Cherokee County Fair Association, representatives from the 4-H-Facilities Betterment Committee, Cherokee City Fire Department, and five representative for the Iowa State Department of Public Safety, including Iowa State Fire Marshall Ray Reynolds, met at the fairgrounds regarding a use variance for the new Cherokee 4-H Expo Center.
After a required plan review of the Cherokee 4-H 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 4-H-Facilities Betterment Committee, the Cherokee County Fair Board, and the City of Cherokee had gotten a waiver of the sprinkler system requirement for the Cherokee 4-H Expo Center at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds during this year's County Fair.
After the building was inspected 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.
It was determined at that time that the Cherokee County Fair Association will need to examine the options and complete the one best suited for not only use of the 4-H Expo Center, but also one that is fiscally responsible.
The Board estimated the cost of the new sprinkler system to be $50,000 and installation cost would be an additional $15,000 or $20,000.
In other business, the Board heard from Cherokee County Human Resources Director Kristi Petersen who brought an employee payout of vacation compensation for Kenny Schlenger of the Secondary Roads Department in the amount of $2,890.83. The Board approved the compensation.
Petersen also had several October birthday cards to be signed by the Board for County employees who are celebrating birthdays this month.