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A protest was presented from J. E. Wing & Brother against the award to J. E. Henderson of first premium on flock of Dorset sheep.
The protest was not sustained and the premium was ordered to be paid as awarded by the judge.
Requests by F. P. Knowles and C. W. Haines for return of entrance fees on animals entered for the fair, but not shown, were declined.
On motion of Mr. Calvert the plans and specifications for the three buildings agreed upon were approved.
On motion of Mr. Cromley the secretary was authorized to put floors in machinery buildings, coops in poultry buildings, new front to power · hall, finish and paint interiors of exhibition buildings, remove old administration building, purchase old 'private buildings to be used for refreshment purposes, install heat and gas plant, sell old gasoline gas plant, build new and repair old fences and adopt plans for private offices in new buildings; any or all these improvements to be so far as the funds of the Board will permit.
Mr. Sandles moved that a committee of three be appointed to draft suitable resolutions on the death of Hon. J. H. Brigham and Hon. S. H. Ellis, former members of the Board.
The motion prevailed unanimously and on motion of Mr. Cromley, Mr. Sandles, President Carpenter and Secretary Miller were constituted the committee.
On motion the Board adjourned to meet at the call of the president.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
10:00 o'clock a. m. The Board met pursuant to call, President Carpenter in the chair and all members present except Mr. Taylor.
The minutes of the preceding meeting were read and approved.
The president stated that the purpose of the meeting was to further consider the plans for buildings proposed to be erected on the State Fair grounds, and to arrange for receiving proposals for construction.
The secretary submitted the plans and specifications prepared, which, upon examination and consideration in detail, were approved and signed by the Board as required by law, whereupon Mr. Ganson submitted the following which was adopted:
Resolved, That the secretary, on approval of plans by the proper State officers, be authorized and instructed to advertise, according to law, for proposals for the buildings to be constructed on the State Fair grounds, such proposals to be opened and considered by the Board at 10 o'clock a. m., Friday, December 2, next.
On motion the Board adjourned to meet on the day agreed upon for considering the building proposals.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
COLUMBUS, Decebmer 2,
10:30 o'clock p. m. Pursuant to call the Board met with President Carpenter in the chair and all members present.
The president announced that the special purpose of the meeting was to receive and consider proposals for the erection of buildings on the State Fair Grounds, as per advertisement published.
The secretary submitted the following proposals from the bidders named:
After the reading of the proposals the president gave opportunity to interested persons to be heard.
After the hearing, it was, on motion, agreed that further consideration of the proposals be postponed until 2 o'clock p. m.
The secretary reported that he had received proposals and had purchased lumber for the finishing of buildings as authorized by the Board, and also reported the progress made in removing private machine buildings preparatory to the erection of the new machinery buildings.
The secretary stated that he had represented the Board at the meeting of the American Association of Fairs and Expositions, held at Chicago, and that the dates recommended by the Association for the Ohio State Fair of 1905 were September 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
On motion, the dates recommended, as reported by the secretary, were agreed to.
The minutes of the preceding mecting having been passed in the regular order of business were now read and approved.
On motion a recess was taken until 1:30 p. m. at which hour the Board reconvened and proceeded to hear bidders, by attorney representation, regarding the proposals submitted for the erection of buildings on the State Fair grounds.
After the hearing of the several bidders a recess was taken until Wednesday, December 7, at 10 o'clock a. m.
On the day to which recess was taken the Board convened at 10 o'clock, a. m., with President Carpenter in the chair and all members present.
Assistant Attorney-General W. H. Miller was present and advised the Board that, on account of irregularity in advertising for bids for the construction of buildings on the State Fair grounds, which were received and opened on the 2nd instant, all bids should be rejected.
Mr. Lybarger moved to reject all bids, as advised by the AttorneyGeneral's Department, which, on call of the roll, was agreed to by a unanimous vote of the Board.
On motion of Mr. Calvert, the Board resolved to readvertise, and the secretary was instructed by the Board to publish bids, as required by law, to be received and opened at 3 o'clock p. m., Monday, January 9, 1905.
On motion of Mr. Lybarger, the Board adjourned at 11:15 o'clock a. m., to meet at the Department of Agriculture, State House, Columbus, at 3 o'clock p. m., January 9, 1905.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
COLUMBUS, January 9,
3 o'clock, p. m. The Board met pursuant to adjournment and was called to order by President Carpenter, all members being present, except Messrs. Ganson and Sandles.
The minutes of the preceding meeting and recessed session were read and approved.
The president announced that the first business would be the receiving of proposals for the construction of buildings on the State Fair grounds, as advertised for according to law.
The following proposals were submitted: ----- -- - ---
Two Machinery Buildings.
One Poultry and Two Ma
Geo. W. Painter. Columbus.
struction Co., Columbus......
The Assistant Attorney-General was called into consultation with reference to the proposals submitted. His opinion was given on the matters in question, when the Board postponed further consideration of the proposals until 2 o'clock p. m., January 10.
The secretary reported the purchase of lumber, which was being delivered on the grounds, for finishing buildings, and he also reported the purchase of brick for paving in the new buildings.
A communication was presented from W. VI. Hayes, Secretary American Breeders' Association, inviting the Board to take a life membership in said association; on motion of Mr. Lybarger, the communication was ordered placed on file for future reference and consideration, if deemed advisable.
A communication from J. P. Hine, relative to combination stock sales, was ordered filed for consideration at the meeting to revise premium list for 1905.
T. L. Calvert and the secretaries were constituted a committee to revise the rules of the Board and the rules governing county agricultural societies.
The assistant secretary presented a financial statement, which was referred to the auditing committee.
On motion, a recess was taken until 2 o'clock, p. m., January 10.
2 o'clock, p. m., January 10. The Board reassembled and proceeded to business.
The chairman of the auditing committee submitted the report of that committee which was approved and ordered to be read in the annual meeting after the reading of the treasurer's report.
The president announced that the hour had arrived for considering the proposals submitted for the erection of buildings. It was found upon comparing all the bids received, that the lowest in aggregate for the buildings required would be the bid of $35,640.00 by Mr. Charles J. Close. of Columbus, for the machinery buildings, and the bid of $10,500.00, by Mr. F. P. Wolfe, of Columbus, for one poultry building, making a total of $17,140.00.
Mr. Lybarger moved that the contract for two machinery buildings be awarded to Charles J. Close, and the contract for one poultry building be awarded to F. P. Wolfe. Motion prevailed.
Mr. Hinsdale moved that the secretary have prepared the necessary contracts according to law, and submit the same to the Attorney-General for approval. The motion was agreed to.
On motion, a recess was taken until 10 o'clock p. m., the 12th inst.
At the day and hour to which a recess was taken, the Board reassembled with a quorum present.
The secretary submitted the contracts for erection of buildings, and being in proper form, according to law, they were signed by the parties to whom the respective contracts had been awarded, and by the members of the State Board of Agriculture.
The signing of the contracts being fully completed an adjournment was taken until the close of the annual meeting.
4:30 p. m., January 12. Pursuant to adjournment, the president convened the Board at the close of the annual meeting. Members all present, except Mr. Ganson..
The minutes of the preceding meetings were read and approved, and there being no further business for the Board of 1904 VIr. Cromley. moved to adjourn and the motion prevailed. Attest:
W. W. Miller,