CALLAWAY COUNTY - Residents in Fulton were still angry Wednesday following Tuesday night's public meeting on a proposed Callaway County connector road.
The proposed road would run from Route H and Business 54 in Fulton to the nuclear plant in near Reform. The connector would cut through the Callaway County Fairgrounds, property of the Fulton Jaycees.
The fairgrounds are home to the Callaway County Fair, other Jaycees activities, Four-H club activities and more. MoDOT pledges to give the Jaycees money for the land it cuts through, but Jaycees President Sean McGrath said he doesn't think the agency will give the amount the land is worth.
McGrath said the proposed connector would cut out part of the parking lot, several buildings on the grounds and the pit of the arena. He said the Jaycees would no longer have the space for a carnival during the fair. He also said moving the fair would be far too expensive, and he says he doubts MoDOT will give the Jaycees enough money to do so.
The Jaycees rent out the fair grounds for the state fair. The Fair Board handles it, and with the profits they make off the fair they pay for fair ground improvements, save for the coming year and also to send children to a camp.