October 25, 2001

Fair Board Offers Track Promoter Final Chance To Reach Agreement

The Scotland County Fair Board began the wheels churning on the search for a new race track promoter while refusing to officially close the book on the 2001 track manager Ron Anderson at a meeting October 22.

The meeting had been scheduled days before Anderson announced his concerns regarding the track in a letter to the editor in the October 18 issue of the Memphis Democrat, and Anderson had been officially invited to attend the meeting. In the letter to the editor Anderson publicly refused the lease agreement offered by the fair board for 2002.

Despite Anderson's failure to attend the meeting, the fair board refused to rule out the possibility of meeting with Anderson to review the proposed contract presented by the fair board.

A special meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Regional Planning Building to give Anderson a second chance to meet with the fair board. The organization made it clear this would be the final opportunity for Anderson to meet with the fair board before the group began seeking other options for the 2002 season at the Scotland County Speedway.

Members stressed that if an agreement could not be met with Anderson every effort would be made to find another track promoter to continue the racing program in Scotland County.

The fair board also agreed to set an October 29 meeting at the racetrack at 8:00 a.m. to review the grounds. Members hoped to meet with Anderson at this time to finalize the 2001 season and review any repairs that will be required prior to the return of the promoter's $2,000 deposit.

Some concern was expressed at the meeting of the failure to repair a portion of the guardrail and a pair of posts in the safety structure that had been damaged during a June race. The fair board's attorney recommended the group meet with Anderson to review the damage and to offer sufficient time to repair the necessary items. If the repairs were not made in the agreed upon time period, the fair board will proceed with the repairs and pay the expenses from the track deposit, before returning the remaining amount to Anderson.

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