Fair board approves joint powers authority [Corning Observer, Calif.]
(Corning Observer (CA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 27--Efforts to form a joint powers authority between Tehama County and the 30th District Agricultural Association moved one step closer on Tuesday when the Tehama District Fair Board gave its thumbs up to the proposed agreement.
With the board's unanimous approval, the joint powers authority agreement will now be sent to California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, for the state's approval, said Tehama County counsel Arthur Wylene.
"We are anxious to see what the secretary has to say," said Mark Eidman, Tehama District Fairgrounds chief executive officer.
Wylene said there is no timeline on when the county and fair district can expect a response from the state.
"This is new territory for us. I was told the state will look at the agreement as soon as they receive it, but that doesn't tell us how long it will take them to make a decision," he stated.
The joint powers authority, which would assume responsibility for the management of the fairgrounds and production of the annual fair, was approved by the Tehama County Board of Supervisors in May.
After the state cut $200,000, a quarter of the fair's operating budget in 2012, work to remove the district fairgrounds from state control began in earnest and an ad hoc committee was formed to address the issue and formation of a joint powers authority.
According to the proposed agreement, all funds and property under the agricultural association would transfer to the newly formed authority.
The agreement states a joint powers authority board of directors would be formed consisting of eight members: Four from the association board and four residents of Tehama County selected by the Board of Supervisors. Term of office would be two years.
In addition, an executive director would be hired by the joint powers authority to oversee and administer the day-to-day activities of the authority, which would also have the power to hire other employees as needed.
If the agreement is approved by the state, the joint powers authority would inherit the fairground's solar panels financing.
"There is an issue with the solar panels and it has been suggested the proposed JPA take out a loan from the county to pay off the panels," he said.
County Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin advised the loan would be for $200,000 with 2 percent interest paid over a 10-year period.
More than 160 events are held at the fairgrounds each year, including the Bull & Gelding Sale in January and the Red Bluff Round-Up in April.
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