County reduces fairgrounds fees for Lions Club

The Mesa County Commission agreed Monday to slash fees charged to the Orchard Mesa Lions Club for use of the county fairgrounds, saying the county’s partnership with the service club is worth more than the fee revenue.

The fairgrounds will collect just $172 from the Lions Club for its use of the community building for two fundraising meals this month and in May and waive fees for three other picnics at Lions Park.

Under the county’s rental fee schedule for nonprofit groups, the fairgrounds could have collected nearly $800 from the Lions Club.

For years, the Lions Club has maintained the park at the west end of the fairgrounds property and donated a day of service at the front gates for the county fair.

Lions Club President Gary Blackman said the savings from the fee reduction will help the club purchase paint for the park shelters.

“I guarantee we probably owe you money because of this partnership,” Commission Chairman Craig Meis said.


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