Baker County Commissioners
The Baker County Board of Commissioners has agreed with the findings of the task force, and is phasing the construction of the National Guard Armory to ensure that operations, maintenance, and marketing expenses are addressed.
Furthermore, Baker County has stepped up its commitment to the Pacific Northwest Law Enforcement Training Center to address the remaining construction and operations cost of the project.
The groundbreaking for the project is expected to be in July of 2002. The facility will open in the summer of 2003.
Fairgrounds Siting and Sizing Task Force
The Baker County Board of Commissioners appointed an 18-member task force in the fall of 1999 to address issues surrounding the location and size of fairgrounds improvements in Baker City.
The task force met over the course of 12 months, and formulated a series of recommendations as follows:
-the Baker County fairgrounds should remain at its present site for the foreseeable future, -the County should ensure the financial viability of future fairgrounds activities, -improvements should be made to the fairgrounds at its exiting site, and -a strategic plan should be developed for the long term location and operations of the fairgrounds.
Baker County Board of Commissioners has accepted the recommendations of the task force, and is working closely with the Baker County Fair Board to improve and expand the fairgrounds at its current location on the north side of Campbell Street in Baker City.
As recently as November 2001, the Baker County Fair Board reexamined the recommendations of the task force with respect to the relocation and size of the facility.
Seeking further information on the matter, the Fair Board examined results of a public opinion poll to determine if there was community support for a bond measure to relocate the fairgrounds adjacent to the Baker Sports Complex. The findings of the poll were as follows:
-The County is split on the question of maintaining or relocating the site for the fairgrounds. -There may be support for a relatively small ($1 million) bond measure to improve the fairgrounds at its current location. -Voters would be overwhelmingly opposed to a $3 million bond measure to relocate and rebuild the fairgrounds.
Baker City, OR 97814