Board Members Itemize Damages, Plan Repairs for Warrick County 4-H Center

Working with a sense of urgency Warrick County 4-H board members make plans to repair several buildings after last week's macroburst.
$400,000, "it's a set back, but it has not shut us down." That's the early estimation to fix what last week's macroburst destroyed at Warrick County's 4-H Center. "It would probably be four to five years worth of budget if you would have to financially come up with that kind of money," said Warrick County 4-H Center board member Jim Williams.

The 4-H Center will not have to come up with that kind of money, just pay a deductible to the insurance company, but that number is not readily available. However helping hands are readily available in Warrick County. "We've have several people that have already gone 'what do we need to do to get this cleaned up?' 'What do we need to do about that?' We've been good and strong. 4-H family is pretty strong. There's a lot of outreach to be apart of that too," said Williams.

Board members are working fast to get the property ready for the big fair in July. Bids for contractors are going out Monday to repair fencing and other damages. One thing that is beyond repair is also one of the oldest buildings in the 4-H Center, the horse barn. It will be demolished and replaced. It will not be built in time for the fair however the horse show will go on. "Our horse show will be trailored in for the day show. Then they will come back in the next day to finish up what they do," said Williams.

If there is a silver lining to this disaster it's that a new horse barn will bring new options to the 4-H Center. "It has been an old building. We've put a lot of money in repairs. I guess if it was a favor it was good that it got this building," said Williams. Specifics for the new horse barn have not been discussed, but Williams says he would like for it to be used for multiple purposes.
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