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SoVaNow.com / December 02, 2013The Halifax County Board of Supervisors will meet tonight to consider extending the contract of the operators of the Halifax County Fair. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Mary Bethune Complex.
The management group, Fun at the Fair, LLC, is owned by local Del. James Edmunds and managed by Todd Mosier, director of the county’s animal control office. Fun at the Fair has run the annual fall event for the past several years.
In recommending that the entity be retained to run the 2014 fair, County Administrator James Halasz wrote to supervisors that “the annual task of producing a fair is no small accomplishment …. the consensus is Fun at the Fair, LLC provides the expertise and local involvement and support required to continue to produce the fair.”
Halasz said having a local fair manager and operator has been “a positive experience,” based on interviews with county staff, local citizens and members of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as a review of the financial and operating data from past fairs.
Supervisors are being to ask to renew Fun at the Fair, LLC on terms similar to the current contract — for up to three years, with an optional one-year extension period.
Halasz recommended that the contract extension be awarded without bidding, under purchasing rules that allow for “sole source” procurement in instances where there is likely to be only one entity vying for the county’s business.
In his notes to Board members, Halasz said his preference for sole source procurement is “based on the previous experience of the County in our attempts to procure fair managers and operators, the declining popularity of fairs in general across the region and state, the continuing economic conditions that inhibit business investment and the competitive nature of promoting and retaining local, rural fairs and festivals.”
Other items on the agenda include:
Approval of revisions to the VDOT Unpaved Road Priority List for Halifax County;
A discussion of topics to be broached at the annual planning session, set for Dec. 12, between the supervisors and Halifax County School Board;
A review of the 2014 budget calendar;
An update on the VDOT Six-Year Plan and regional efforts to convince to the Commonwealth Transportation Board to update U.S. Route 501 from Halifax to Lynchburg to four lanes;
Appointments to fill vacancies on the Southside Regional Group Home Commission, the county’s Transportation Safety Commission, the Improvement Council, Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, and the Southside Planning District Commission.
The supervisors also will present resolutions of commendation to retiring county registrar Linda Meeler and recreation director Brad Ballou, as well as outgoing board members Wayne Conner and William Fitzgerald, both of whom opted not to seek re-election this fall.
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