Lemhi County Citizen Journalism

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NO DEAL 1-29-18 LMS

Wright Brothers-The Building Company (WBTBC), the construction firm contracted to build the new Lemhi County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, has said “no” to an official county request. 

On January 22 the county asked that due to the company missing the original agreed-upon completion date of March 15 it build a protective shell over the site and that it be put in place by April 6 to provide cover for the Salmon Select Horse Sale. The contractor declined.

Lemhi County Clerk of the Court Terri Morton said Monday, January 29, that a special meeting of the Lemhi County Commissioners, legal counsel, members of the County Fair Board and County Agricultural Extension office has been scheduled for January 30. She also said the Salmon Select Horse Sale and Mule Sale will take place as scheduled. She said it may have to be under tents as it was last year, but it will take place beginning on its previously announced opening date of April 6th.

Last week when the commissioners learned the construction company would not meet the agreed upon completion date they sent a proposal to the company that it build a shell to cover the exhibition area. Other terms listed required that the weather resilient shell be erected by April 6 with all construction debris and equipment removed and the ground beneath the shell groomed for use. The county also requested temporary electrical needs be fulfilled along with an on-site electrical technician. 

It has been established that the reason for the construction delay is a difference of opinion between WBTBC and HECO Engineering over the best type of footings to install for the proposed single span building. It was decided that even if the latest revision and schedule change from the contractor were to be accepted by the county, and the weather continued to cooperate, the construction window between concrete curing and Horse Sale time was too tight. 

The old Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall collapsed December 21 of 2016 under a tremendous snow load. Efforts to rehabilitate the site and rebuild the hall have been in the works ever since.

This will be the 46th year for the Salmon Select Horse Sale, the 19th year for the Mule Sale and, if necessary, the second sale event held under a “big top.” 

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