Agricultural Society members learned Tuesday night the July electric bill for the fairgrounds was nearly $17,000, an increase of $3,000 since last year.
Treasurer Bob Rainey presented several options from other electric providers along with AEP's offer for reduced rate fees as usage rates must be traded on the open market. He was designated to investigate and determine the best offer for the board.
Tim Wasserman with Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky Joint Solid Waste District talked to the fair board about placing 24 eight-foot-square recycling containers at the fairgrounds that will be dispersed to recycling centers around the county, including Tiffin at times. Members approved placement of the containers for a one-year period.
Agricultural Society members declared the 2012 Seneca County fair a success during their reports. Total livestock sale figures were $453,627.
Extension agent Ann Golden said 63 young people went on to exhibit at the Ohio State fair.
After receiving the latest insurance premium costs, the junior fair foundation determined to place themselves as a subcommittee of the fair board and drop coverage. Agricultural Society members approved that action, saving the junior fair foundation $1,600.
Board members decided to donate $500 to the EMS and fire department for assistance during fair week.
The Agricultural Society is sponsoring a gun show at the fairgrounds 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 16. Admission is $3 and the cost is $20 to set up a table. Tickets for a gun raffle are to be sold for $5 each or 3 for $10.
The next flea market is Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds.
In other matters, the board:
Approved the financial report, noting a balance of $96,467 as of Tuesday.
Approved the continued rate of $6 per foot for winter storage.
Welcomed new board member Phil Ardner as the Tiffin city representative.
Heard that trees had been trimmed before the fair for $600.
Heard the chainsaw carver's items sold for $3,250.
Received a thank you from Linda Piper, chairman of the milkshake stand committee, for the help of board members and youth completing the construction.
Received a thank you from the American Legion recognizing the fair's hospitality during the Vietnam Wall visit.
Thanked Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry and deputies for their assistance during the fair.
Thanked Clouse Construction and Palmer Bros. for their generosity in constructing the milkshake stand.
The Agricultural Society is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11.