KINGMAN - The Mohave County Fair Association board of directors Thursday approved the purchase of a portable restroom trailer at a cost of about $45,000, plus shipping.
The restroom complies with standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act and can be moved around the fairgrounds as needed, fair manager James Guillot said at the board's monthly meeting.
It's been at the top of the fair board's priority list of 39 capital improvement projects.
Guillot was ready to sign a contract in November to build a permanent ADA restroom on the fairgrounds, but the contractor backed out and did not return phone calls, he said.
Cost of the portable restroom is about the same as new construction, and it can be rented out for special events such as the Route 66 Festival. They're used for the Super Bowl and overflow crowds at the White House, Guillot said.
"We could do this all over the place. It could turn out to be a moneymaker for the fairgrounds," he added.
The restroom trailer is equivalent to a full-size restroom with six stalls, three urinals and three sinks on each side. They sell new for about $85,000, but Guillot said he's been talking with a company in New Jersey about purchasing a used unit for $45,000.
"If we can get exactly what we want, let's jump on it," fair board director Bruce Bollinger said. "You've got a price tag you agree on. Let's just get it done."
The fair association also plans to build a first-class championship rodeo arena with a commercial-grade kitchen, paved entry and parking, bar with VIP seating and electrical system to handle lighting and sound equipment.
It would at least double the current grandstand seating capacity of about 1,000, and can be used for storage when the arena is dark.
Construction will begin when the estimated $5 million cost of the new arena is raised, board chairman Charles Cox said.
In other items from Thursday's fair board meeting:
The 2015 Mohave County Fair is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 with the theme, "Wheels, Squeals and Ferris Wheels." Fair admission will be raised to $7 for adults, a $2 increase, to accommodate additional musical entertainment, including up-and-coming acts such as Old Dominion and McKenna Faith. A ZZ Top tribute band will also play.
"There was some degree of contention about the decision to present name acts," fair board director Jamie West said. "We are counting on an increase at the gate and these musical acts should go a long way toward that."
The concerts will be festival seating, so people can come and go as they please and stay as long as they like, Guillot added. He said fair attendance doubled in Flagstaff when musical acts were added.
The board voted to hire a part-time office assistant for eight hours a week at $8 an hour.
The board approved purchase of a refurbished copier and printer with collating and stapling capabilities on a contract basis with the Copy Shop in Kingman for $167 a month for three years. The contract includes regular maintenance, toner replacement and other services for the duration of the contract.
Charles Cox was elected to another three-year term on the board and was voted to serve again as chairman. Danielle Sorace was elected as secretary and Jamie West as treasurer.
Two vice president positions were tabled. Incumbent Dustin Lewis and newcomer Grace Ricca-Runge were elected to three-year terms. The board has a total of 11 members.
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