County officials can all agree on one thing: the current state of the restrooms at the Madison County Fairgrounds is “disgusting.”
A discussion was held at Monday’s meeting of the Madison County Board of Commission as to whether the facilities should be refurbished, or demolished to start over from scratch.
If the facilities are demolished, then the proposed new facility could be made large enough to include showers and walkways that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Should the county decide to repair the structure, it could apply for grant funding through Community Development Blocks Grants (CDBG).
Whitaker Wright, CDBG consultant, said the estimate — prepared by Allstate Exteriors — is about $57,000.
But for the upgrade, which includes the showers, would drive the cost higher.
Commissioner David Dhume said he would like to see something new from the ground up.
“I’d like to start fresh,” he said.
Commissioner Paul Gross said he had an architect in mind by the name of Don Rodman, of DLR Drafting in Springfield.
“It’s a necessary component to the project,” Dhume said.
Gross said when the Central Ohio Quarter Midget Racing Association made its proposal to build its track on the fairgrounds, it made a commitment to contribute to the upgrade of the restrooms.
He said the commission could work a private-public arrangement with the racing association as it has done on other fairgrounds building projects.
Wright said regarding CDBG funding, the project could be executed in phases over the 2016 funding year and 2017 funding year.
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