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Changes may cut cost of fair barn

ROME TOWNSHIP — Some modifications to the original plan may bring the project to build a new livestock barn and arena at the county fairgrounds in line with the original estimate for construction.

This summer the county fair board brought in pledges of $400,000 that was considered what was needed to build a new structure. However last month when bids were opened, all came in around $600,000 or 50 percent higher.

“We modified it and sent it back to three people,” Freddie Hayes, fair board president, said. “We went back and modified the building, changing a few things on it. We will come in on budget.”

The three companies involved are Brenmar Construction of Jackson; Mullins of Portsmouth and Structure Steel of Canton.

The modified plan will be presented to the three firms next week with the board expecting to make a decision by the end of the month.

Starting on Monday Rolo Construction and Excavating will start to tear down the current barn. Bob Calloway of Rolo is donating the time and labor for the demolition.