By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT
Construction of a new food stand at the Ellis County Fairgrounds was given the green light at Monday night’s Ellis County Commission meeting.
Earlier this year, the 4-H Council began a campaign to raise $50,000 to replace the nearly 40-year structure that currently houses the 4-H food stand.
Because the county owns the building, the council had to get permission to start demolition and construction.
4-H Youth Development Agent Susan Schlichting said the group has raised enough money to begin construction but is still about $7,000 short of the overall goal.
Schlichting said the project is expected to proceed in phases, with the remainder of the money needed for interior finishing to be in the second year of the project. The group also plans to set up an endowment to help with future expenses.
The council will work with the county’s Public Works Department on demolition and the dirt work, expected to begin next month.