PI board delays decision to help fair

ROGERS CITY — Representatives of the Presque Isle County Fair were told they would have to wait on any possible assistance from the county.

Fair Treasurer Rita Tollini was at the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners meeting Friday.

“You were going to check with your legal council on if what you could donate or give to the 501(c)3 or if it was just advertising. I’m just here to follow up on that,” she said.

Board Chairman Carl Altman said the board’s attorney didn’t have a chance to check into the matter because he’s been busy.

“First I want to clarify I said the fair was in the red. When the fair finished it was in the black then we had the Labor Day event which made us go into the red,” Tollini said. “So now we’re planning a fall event to pay some of the back bills. I did print out three years of reports on what we did spend on advertising. All three years it’s around $2,000. So I just wanted to let you know that. If we could be put into your budget to have the $2,000 that would help with advertising.”

Altman was unsure of the request.

“As far as we understand, nothing has changed since what we told you with the former attorney’s opinion, to whether we would be able to commit the entire advertising budget. I couldn’t tell you that,” Altman said.

Tollini and other fair board members were at the previous commissioners meeting earlier this month. They requested financial help from the board. At the previous meeting the commissioners told fair board members the only costs they can help with would be for advertising. The commissioners said they would consult with their attorney to see if there was anything else they could help with.

On Friday Altman said the fair board would just have to wait until the board spoke with the attorney.

Vice Chairman Bob Schell said the commissioners can put the fair board concerns on the next meeting agenda.

Commissioner Stephen Lang agreed.

“We can put them on for the meeting in late in October,” Lang said.

The other commissioners agreed with this idea.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.