Created on Thursday, 15 November 2012 Written by NATE SMITH
A replacement for the outgoing managing secretary was approved Wednesday during a regular meeting of the Logan County Fair Board.
Susan Cronkleton of West Mansfield was hired by board members to replace Bev Cotterman, whose resignation is effective Dec. 31. Mrs. Cronkleton served on the fair board for nine years in the 1990s and is a former secretary at Benjamin Logan Middle School. She also worked as a community liaison for Universal Home Health and Hospice Care.
“Office work has been my whole life,” she said. “I have a lot of experience with paper work and with people.”
She intends to function as both the secretary and treasurer, just as Mrs. Cotterman did. Mrs. Cotterman will assist in the transition.
Mrs. Cronkleton went on to say that this is the only work she intends to pursue while she works for the fair board.
“It’s perfect for me and I can give it my full attention,” she said.
The board picked Mrs. Cronkleton following an executive session during which it decided between her and another candidate, Brenda Oda.
Mrs. Cronkleton will be paid $1,150 per month, beginning Jan. 1. Mrs. Cotterman will file the fair board’s tax reports for the upcoming year and help with the transition. She will be paid a monthly salary of $250 for her part-time work.
That arrangement will continue at least through the fair and until her successor gets comfortable, Mrs. Cotterman said.
Currently the fair board pays $1,400 per month to pay for a secretary and treasurer.
In other action, board members voted to discontinue junior fair premiums, at least through next year. However, premiums due from the July exposition, totaling $5,972, will be paid to the 4-H clubs.
The board reserves the right to suspend payment of premiums if the funds aren’t available. With just over $4,000 in the bank after premiums are paid out, some fair board members made that argument, adding that several county fairs don’t pay junior fair premiums at all.
The action comes with the recommendation of the sales committee, which met recently to discuss the matter.
According to the motion, the board will evaluate whether it’s financially possible to pay junior fair premiums in 2014.
Mrs. Cotterman said the board soon will be receiving about $5,500 worth of insurance payments to make repairs to the bleachers, Merchants building and around the grounds, which were damaged in a June 29 windstorm.
Board members also directed Mrs. Cotterman to continue negotiating with a Jehovah’s Witness group that seeks to rent the Grange building for three-and-a-half hours on Thursday and Sunday each week for a period of about six months.
“They want a break on the price,” Mrs. Cotterman said.
If the parties can agree to a contract, the board indicated it would rent the Grange building.
Two new members were sworn in alongside six returning members at an organizational meeting ahead of the regular session.
First-year members are Shelley Stephenson and Josh Miller. Re-elected board members include Jane Foreman, Errol Snapp, James Logan, Jesse Nichols, Tylor Murray and Jerry Smith.
Skip Jackson and Rick Thomas were re-elected as president and vice president, respectively.
John Tuttle and Tom Cotterman are resigning from the fair board.
The next regular meeting is Dec. 12.