May 8, 2014
OH) - The Washington County Fair Board has released an official assessment of
monetary damages done by a fire that happened inside the horse barn at the
fairgrounds in March.
The fair board says contractor Chip Ditchendorff is estimating the damages to be in the $5000 to $8000 range, and they believe they can fix the damages themselves.
As a result, they’ve elected not to make an insurance claim, and will instead be provided a $2500 deductible by the Washington County Commissioners to go toward the cost of repairs.
The commissioners say that they would’ve had to pay that $2500 even if the fair board did file an insurance claim since the county owns the fairgrounds.
Commissioner Ron Feathers explains.
“We would be responsible for that deductible if it was turned over to the insurance. We are offering the fair board that $2500 so that they can keep a cost to a minimum,” he says.
The horse barn fire was the second in two years at the fairgrounds. A fire that happened in April of last year took out the rabbit and poultry barn.
The fair board expects to have the fairgrounds ready before the fair begins in this fall.