Tuesday Jul 10 2012
Lincoln mayor lobbies for Placer County Fair move
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Report
Roseville location subject of continuing racetrack noise concerns
AUBURN CA - Placer County?s tentative steps toward a possible move by the Placer County Fair out of Roseville were bolstered Tuesday by an indication of interest from the city of Lincoln. The possibility of moving the fairgrounds away from the 61-acre county owned property it has occupied at All America Boulevard for the past 75 years was given more fuel when the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of moving forward on a study that would not only look at the feasibility of continuing at the site but expanding to consider alternatives. Placer County property in Sheridan, off Highway 65, was mentioned in May as one possibility and the county?s Facility Services Department will be considering how a fairgrounds would fit into revised long-term planning for the small, rural community near the Yuba County line. But Lincoln has now entered the picture as another strong possibility, if the fair is to move away from Roseville. The fair site has seen a renewal of interest in a relocation because of revived noise concerns associated with its All American Speedway race track. Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short told Tuesday?s meeting that Lincoln has a potentially suitable site adjacent to the Lincoln Airport and asked the county to keep the property in mind as it explored feasibility issues. ?I for one can say the fair is near and dear to our hearts,? Short said. ?We have the sewer, water and now the transportation (with the soon-to-open Highway 65 bypass around Lincoln).? Short said he couldn?t speak for the rest of the City Council but that the county could have a letter of recommendation by Wednesday from the city supporting Lincoln?s interest in having the fairgrounds relocated next to the airport. Supervisors also heard from John Smith, who lives near the fairgrounds and is the former police chief of Santa Clara. Smith said noise issues at the fairgrounds from the racetrack date back to at least 1972 and will be hard to solve. ?I would love to see it move,? Smith said. ?But I would hate to see it move to Sheridan. I think that?s too far.? Supervisors joked that sites could include a Tahoe City golf course and Meadow Vista but agreed to move ahead with work by staff on a look at options that leaves potential sites to study open-ended ? but now appears to have Lincoln as a fair site contender. Supervisor Robert Weygandt, who represents the Lincoln area on the board, struck a note of encouragement. The current longest-serving supervisor said that officials should be focusing on working together to solve fair problems. And Weygandt said he favored a broad-ranging look at options. ?I encourage you to look at all areas of the county,? Weygandt said.