Dozens of residents spoke to the County Commission today to tell them it was a bad idea to have Parks and Recreation manage the Teton County Fairgrounds.
An amendment was on the agenda that would clarify a resolution passed in 2012 giving the Park and Rec authority over staffing and managing the land.
Speakers said that Parks and Rec didn’t have the expertise to properly manage the property and that members of the board needed to have a livestock background.
Commissioner Smokey Rhea said she received several angry emails but understood that the anger was a result of the passion over this issue.
Chairwoman Barb Allen suggested that the board term change from the 5 years to three years.
The amendment that was considered would have:
Clarified that the Fair Board is not responsible for managing the fair grounds.
Changed the number of board members from 7 down to 5
Changed the term of the board members from 5 years down to 3 years
Clarified that the joint Town/County Parks and Recreation Department will manage the fairgrounds and all employees will be employees of Parks and Rec.
The amendment failed unanimously.