No fair plan

Public mum on proposals to improve fairgrounds

Apparently nobody has any bright ideas for new uses for the Butte County Fairgrounds, as a request for proposal to reimagine the space came back with no bids, the county announced via press release Tuesday (Oct. 17).

County officials requested proposals to redevelop the fairgrounds in early August (see “Fairgrounds fair play,” Newslines, Sept. 28). Valid plans had to meet a number of criteria, such as increasing jobs and community benefits, decreasing county costs and ensuring that the annual county fair would continue on the Gridley property.

The county received numerous questions about the request, but no “responsive proposals” by the Sept. 29 deadline, according to the release. It also states county officials will continue to look for a cost-effective way to improve facilities while continuing to host the fair, but will not ask the public for plans again.