GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission looked at plans for updating drainage at the Crawford County Fairgrounds during its regular meeting Friday.

Commissioner Jeff Murphy has discussing further updates to the fairgrounds with the Crawford County Fair Board. He and County Floodplain Manager Ron Albertini developed a plan to better manage run-off at the grounds.

The fairgrounds have had problems with standing water in the past. The new plan would involve creating a high point at one end of the fairgrounds to slope water to the north. The plan includes widening ditches and installing gravel to guide water into large pipes, which would then take it to the creek on the west side of the fairgrounds.

Murphy said the plan was approved by the fair board, and he would like to move forward with the commission’s approval.

“I would like to try to get this done this winter and use county workers to do it,” he said. “It will be nice to continue improvements to the fairgrounds.”

Murphy said he believes the fair board is willing to pay for gravel, and the pipe may be donated at no cost.

The commission agreed to move forward with the updates as long as the fair board pays for the gravel.

“As long as they pay for the rock I am fine with it,” Commissioner Carl Wood said. “It is something that needs done and I’m fine with helping out.”

Murphy and the commission assisted with previous renovations at the fairgrounds earlier this year. The county assisted with dirt work, as well as the design and implementation of a new sewer system.

Murphy will look at when the project can begin and report back to the commission with updates.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.