On Monday, May 19, 2015 Great Lakes Area MotorCoach Association (GLAMA) representatives Jane Roush (President), Pat Lintner (Senior Vice President) and wife Vickie, Dick Montgomery (Michigan Regional Vice President), Mike Wiese, Parking Chair and wife Sherrie, Ken Lewis (Assistant Parking Chair) and Doug Erman (local member of GLAMA) attended a meeting at Allen County Fairgrounds to discuss plans concerning the facility being a future site of the GLAMA rally with David Grimm, General Manager of Allen County Fairground, Lima, Ohio and Tim Singhouse, fairgrounds employee; Fairground Board President Dan Kimmet and Gary Kramer, Fairground Board representative; and Brad Core and Doug Ditto, Core Consulting Engineers.
David Grimm began the meeting by advising us that he had just heard from the Ohio Department of Health concerning the variance request he had sent to them for a proposed RV rally. (During the initial meeting held in October, 2014 the GLAMA board members stated the variance must be in writing before any further consideration could take place.) The Ohio Department of Health had several questions that David Grimm answered and he feels that he will be getting the variance soon.
Brad Core and Doug Ditto heard our requests concerning what our needs are to be able to park in the West lot (maximum up to 3 inch difference from side to side in 20 feet and maximum up to 4 inch difference from front to back with 40 feet length at each site). They had not been given this information before this meeting.
The entire group proceeded to take an outside tour of the West lot and also inspect an open lot next to the current campground that is used for car parking. With the guidance provided mainly by Dick Montgomery, Mike Wiese and Ken Lewis the board members, Dave Grimm and engineers spoke about possibilities of how to change the terrain and make it motor home friendly. They felt the meeting was a definite success and gave them a better idea of what is needed so that the changes made to that area are usable for all types of recreational vehicles and could be utilized for several events throughout the year by the fairgrounds which would benefit the local economy.
Dave Grimm promised that we would have answers concerning variance and leveling of terrain by end of July, 2015.
We did state that there has been 2 fairgrounds recently located in Michigan that are being considered to be used for future area rallies.
Jane Roush, President, GLAMA