2 of 3 applicants get seats on Logan County Fair Board

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Members of the Logan County Fair Board voted to accept two of three people who applied to fill three vacancies on the board Wednesday evening.

Lance Minnich, a new member to the board, was approved along with Jerry Smith, who was voted off the board in November, while Jane Beck, who said she previously served for about six years, was not approved.

The decision about which board members were chosen and why, was made by a secret ballot following an executive session despite objections by the Examiner that such techniques were contrary to the spirit of Ohio Sunshine Laws.

Board president Jim Logan said after the meeting that the decision to enter executive session was to discuss whether it was appropriate to approve a member that has been voted off the board previously. He said the decision to cast secret ballots was to avoid “humiliating” anyone who was not voted onto the board.

Ms. Beck said after the meeting she was disappointed in the board’s handling of the decision.

“I didn’t like it very well at all,” she said. “They had three openings; you would think they should put three people in. I don’t know what they’ve got against me, but apparently someone doesn’t like me.”

Regular discussion focused heavily on the upcoming Joshua Keith Memorial Tractor Pull, which the fair board hopes to make into an annual fundraiser to support the operating costs and a scholarship in Mr. Keith’s name.

Mr. Keith, who was elected to the fair board following the 2014 fair, died in a boating accident on Aug. 31.

A story about the planned event was in the April 4 edition of the Examiner.

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