Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times Members of the Macon County Commission take notes during their meeting held Monday.

Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times

Members of the Macon County Commission take notes during their meeting held Monday.

The Macon County Commission discussed funding approximately $9,000 in rewiring and repair projects at the Macon County Fairgrounds to prepare for the county fair at its meeting on Monday.

"We've got about five months until the fair, and I've got people calling as far as concessions wanting to be put in," District 7 commissioner Barry King, who also serves on the Macon County Fair Board, said. "The problem is we've got about 12 places out there that need to be rewired. We can't use any of them."

According to King, the project would also increase safety at the event by covering wiring and is estimated to cost $6,000.

"What (they've been) doing is coming in and taking the guts out, and they're straight wiring," King said. "There's no cover on there, and all you've got to do is stick your hands right into the power coming in, and that'll be it."

King also said the Fair Board is seeking funding to finish work on the Ray Goad Building's interior.

"We've got most of the material bought, but we've about run out of money to do anything else to fix the inside," King said, estimating that $3,000 would cover the final steps. "I'd like for us to go ahead and get this stuff done before fair time."

In addition, the commission approved to send three resolutions to the full body committee, including an updated county road list (with no roads added and 40 feet added to Sharon Lane in Lafayette).

The other resolutions forwarded included an affirmation of compliance with federal Title VI regulations and a renewal of the county's five-year economic plan, which Macon County Mayor Steve Jones said are necessary to continue with the ThreeStar program.

ThreeStar is operated through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and aims to use asset-based planning to assist communities with growth. The program also began offering biennial grants to counties in 2019.

The Macon County Commission's next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Macon County Court House and include a public hearing regarding solid waste.