Initially, the Umatilla County Fair/rodeo grounds were job number one for relocation and I understand the reasons.

Then, the “grand scheme” became EOTEC. Now the millions of dollars are gone and the fair/rodeo facilities are with “tin cup” in hand wanting to build the required structures for fair/rodeo.

One example stands out. Vice chairman Dorran stated Oct. 26, 2015, he “thought the barns were just that, barns.” Well, once codes and requirements were figured in the $14 square foot construction cost became $24 a square foot. And that’s just the roof, no walls.

However, the “trade center” is close to completion. I could expound from here, but just ponder the competency of our local leadership.

Rod Triplett

Hermiston

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