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Concert seeks exception to county fairground alcohol policy

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 5:00 am

A country music concert being organized by a trio of non-profit groups are seeking a possible exception to the Crawford County Fairground alcohol policy.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Crawford County Commissioners, Mark Weindorf, director of The Arc of Crawford County Inc., inquired whether the concert could serve alcohol. Arc, which provides services to people with development and intellectual disabilities, is one of the three groups looking to hold the concert in the summer of 2020.

Together with ONE Federal Credit Union and the Meadville Fraternal Order of Police, Arc hopes to use the concert as a fundraising effort. Currently, the show is in the early planning stages, with the alcohol policy exception being a major factor in getting acts for the concert.

“We want to explore who we can get at the fairgrounds, and certain country acts won’t even come if there aren’t beer sales on the ground,” Weindorf told The Herald. “They want their fans to have fun, and unfortunately, that’s part of it.”

According to Crawford County Commissioner Chairman Francis Weiderspahn, the plan for the alcohol sales at the concert put forth by the non-profits mimicked a similar idea put forward in January by the Crawford County Fair Board. Sales and consumption would be restricted to a cordoned off area, and anyone seeking to purchase alcohol would be required to wear a wristband after staff ensure they are of age to purchase the drinks.

However, the commissioners found some details of the plan vague, such as what security measures they would enforce. While not discarding the idea of serving alcohol at the concert, Weiderspahn requested that the non-profits hammer out a more complete idea of how the sales would take place.

“We told them we needed to know more details about how they would control the concert,” he said.

According to Weindorf, the idea for the concert came about through conversations he had with ONE Federal Credit Union CEO Heather Clancy-Young while discussing possible fundraiser ideas. The Meadville Fraternal Order of Police were brought on board due to them holding a similar concert event at Allegheny College. Weindorf said that a fourth non-profit has expressed interest in taking part in the concert, though he did not release the name of the group.

Proceeds from the show will be split among the various groups. For Arc, the money will be used on expenses that the group cannot spend its regular funds generated through billing. As an example, Weindorf said that Arc might send one of its employees to take a customer on a bowling trip, with the group reimbursing the expenses. Arc cannot use its regular money for the reimbursement, so it has to dip into its fundraising account.

While an exact date for the concert has not been determined yet, it should be noted that it will not take place during the Crawford County Fair. The show is planned to utilize the fairground’s grandstand, race track and stage.

Sheriff asks

for corporal position

Crawford County Sheriff Nick Hoke asked at the meeting that the commissioners create a corporal position for his office in order to better divide up duties.

The duties of the corporal would include overseeing vehicle maintenance for the office, scheduling deputies for front door guard duty at the county courthouse and judicial center and reliving said deputies when they take their breaks.

While the corporal position would be new, its creation would not entail a new hire. Hoke intends to promote someone internally within the office to fulfill the role, with a pay increase of an extra 50 cents per hour. Weiderspahn said that Hoke has not yet put forward any names of who he intends to promote for the role.

The commissioner chairman said he is hesitant about the idea due to the extra costs it will incur, but has not fully made up his mind yet.

The creation of a corporal position was something Hoke discussed with the commissioners last year, according to Weiderspahn, though no action was taken on it.

Other meeting news

The commissioners are poised to approve some final paperwork to transfer Community Development Block Grant money to Centerville for a blight removal project. The transfer was discussed and approved at last week’s meeting, but a sub-recipient contract with Centerville is required before things can be finalized. The money, $3,923.91 in total, is left over from the county’s 2016 CDBG allotment after other projects came in under budget. Centerville is planning to utilize the funds to remove some concrete left over from a demolition of a property across from the volunteer fire department and reseed the land with new grass.

A payment to Perry Construction Group to the tune of $1,068,750 for work on the planned county boarding home is under consideration, alongside a $8,500 payment to Construction Code Inspectors Inc. for a building permit. The commissioners are planning to convert the southern wing of the former Quality of Living Center into a 15 bed boarding home for use by the Human Services office. No set plans for the remainder of the building are yet in place, though Weiderspahn said some ideas have been proposed.

The Adult Probation office is awaiting commissioner approval to purchase eight new bulletproof vests for $572.11 each, for a total cost of $4,576.88. Half of the expense for purchasing the vests will be reimbursed through a federal grant after the purchase is made. According to Weiderspahn, the old vests reached the end of their five-year warranty, and that is why they are being replaced.

Project details for lumber work at the Crawford County Forest are now available for viewing at the planning office for prospective bidders to review.

The next meeting of the Crawford County Commissioners will take place June 26, at 9:30 a.m., at the county courthouse.

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  • bdf posted at 9:23 am on Fri, Jun 21, 2019.

    bdf Posts: 1

    alcohol at the fair is not needed .children all around not good

  • Noahs Bark posted at 8:53 am on Fri, Jun 21, 2019.

    Noahs Bark Posts: 118

    Not if you’re the one drinking it!

  • Jahoba posted at 8:18 am on Thu, Jun 20, 2019.

    Jahoba Posts: 240

    Alcohol ruins everything.


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