Most Brookville residents say move the fairgrounds

Vote delayed on move of Montgomery County Fairgrounds.  (WDTN Photo)
Vote delayed on move of Montgomery County Fairgrounds. (WDTN Photo)

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – There was more discussion Tuesday night about moving the Montgomery County Fairgrounds from downtown Dayton to Brookville.

During a second public hearing, the developer of the new site in Brookville addressed many of the concerns people brought up at the last meeting.

There wasn’t a single person who stood up to speak out against the move, but there was some tension between council members.

First, the developers addressed some changes the people wanted – like extending one of the roads, and making sure all access roads or walkways are paved and not made of gravel.

Then came the financial concerns.

The developers say the fair board has an agreement with Miller Valentine, and the developers will get the $15 million after the grounds in Dayton are sold.

They will buy the new property, then use $3 million for a reserve fund.

Security was the next issue.  There will be lighting and fencing, as well as a camera security system in the works.  In all, the developer says this will take a 66 acre stretch of land that has been vacant for 13 years and bring new life to it.

Every person who took the podium agreed.

“It would be a place to be used, we don’t have anything like this in Brookville, we don’t have the room in any one place, so when big events happen, we sometimes have to leave out of Brookville to find the room,” said Brookville resident Belinda Herkins.

There were a few tense moments between the mayor of Brookville and council member Mike Duncan.

Duncan allegedly wrote an opinion piece in the Brookville newspaper in which the mayor says is wrong

There is a third hearing March 18 when the council will vote.

 

 

 

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