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GROTE RECOGNIZED WITH MAYOR’S SMILE AWARD

Fairfield Mayor Mike Dreith recognized Gayla Grote with his quarterly SMILE award at last night’s city council meeting.
Grote and her husband Terry and daughter, Mercedes have transformed their home on South First Street into a “must see” during the holidays, especially Halloween.
“The Grote home decorations and display literally bring hundreds of visitors into Fairfield,” said Mayor Dreith. “Their efforts result in regular outside visitors traveling to downtown to experience their display. Last Halloween, the Grotes hosted over 2,000 Trick or Treaters at their home. The family spends countless hours transforming their home for all onlookers to enjoy. The family is a shining example of how a single home can transform a community.”
Dreith instituted his SMILE award by first recognizing downtown merchant Kristi Hornung during the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce annual dinner last fall.
SMILE stands for “Shines, Motivates, Inspires, Leads and Excels.” The award is given out quarterly with an annual winner announced at each chamber dinner.
“I believe our attitudes will continue to make Fairfield “the home of friendly people,” said Dreith. “Charles Swindoll once said that attitude is more important than facts. We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. Life is 10-percent what happens to us…and 90-percent how we react to it.”
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Here's my mayor's report from tonight:

Th Humane Society sent a new contract for services last month. They did not give notice they wanted out of our existing contract which pays them $1500 a month. The proposed new agreement maintained they would not deal with bite dogs or come out after business hours weekdays or on weekends. The proposed contract asked for a 110-percent increase, or $3100 a month. After consulting with the police committee chair, I contacted their rep and said we would be seeking another provider. Yesterday I sent them notice we are ending our contract.
The year-end report from the fire department shows 580 responses for 2021. In that number were 11 structure fires and 19 motor vehicle crashes. We had 47 responses in December.
The police department had 36 traffic stops in December with 19 citations. There were three felony, six misdemeanor and three warrant arrests. For the year there were 179 total arrests with 166 traffic crashes. I received notice that the police union wants to start negotiations with the city on a new contract. Their contract expires in April.
Sunrise Sanitation sent us notice they wanted to increase their rates $.75 per resident to cover cardboard refuse since we no longer have a recycling center in the city. I told them that would require re-opening our contract with them and that I would have items for bargaining. They promptly withdrew their request.
Airport operations from November 19-to-January 7th show 38 total operations. Deer hunters continued to fly-in and we even had ten operations generated by pilots and guests who flew in to have lunch at Barb Wire Grill.
Liquor license issues dominate my daily schedule. I have requests for new licenses which I have not approved…I have licenses previously awarded which are not in compliance with our ordinances that I have put on hold…and I have people challenging our ordinances because of their lust to get into the lucrative video gaming business. I have also passed along a request to the legislative committee.
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GROTE RECOGNIZED WITH MAYOR’S SMILE AWARD

Fairfield Mayor Mike Dreith recognized Gayla Grote with his quarterly SMILE award at last night’s city council meeting.
Grote and her husband Terry and daughter, Mercedes have transformed their home on South First Street into a “must see” during the holidays, especially Halloween.
“The Grote home decorations and display literally bring hundreds of visitors into Fairfield,” said Mayor Dreith. “Their efforts result in regular outside visitors traveling to downtown to experience their display. Last Halloween, the Grotes hosted over 2,000 Trick or Treaters at their home. The family spends countless hours transforming their home for all onlookers to enjoy. The family is a shining example of how a single home can transform a community.”
Dreith instituted his SMILE award by first recognizing downtown merchant Kristi Hornung during the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce annual dinner last fall.
SMILE stands for “Shines, Motivates, Inspires, Leads and Excels.” The award is given out quarterly with an annual winner announced at each chamber dinner.
“I believe our attitudes will continue to make Fairfield “the home of friendly people,” said Dreith. “Charles Swindoll once said that attitude is more important than facts. We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. Life is 10-percent what happens to us…and 90-percent how we react to it.”
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Here's the mayor's report:

Th Humane Society sent a new contract for services last month. They did not give notice they wanted out of our existing contract which pays them $1500 a month. The proposed new agreement maintained they would not deal with bite dogs or come out after business hours weekdays or on weekends. The proposed contract asked for a 110-percent increase, or $3100 a month. After consulting with the police committee chair, I contacted their rep and said we would be seeking another provider. Yesterday I sent them notice we are ending our contract.
The year-end report from the fire department shows 580 responses for 2021. In that number were 11 structure fires and 19 motor vehicle crashes. We had 47 responses in December.
The police department had 36 traffic stops in December with 19 citations. There were three felony, six misdemeanor and three warrant arrests. For the year there were 179 total arrests with 166 traffic crashes. I received notice that the police union wants to start negotiations with the city on a new contract. Their contract expires in April.
Sunrise Sanitation sent us notice they wanted to increase their rates $.75 per resident to cover cardboard refuse since we no longer have a recycling center in the city. I told them that would require re-opening our contract with them and that I would have items for bargaining. They promptly withdrew their request.
Airport operations from November 19-to-January 7th show 38 total operations. Deer hunters continued to fly-in and we even had ten operations generated by pilots and guests who flew in to have lunch at Barb Wire Grill.
Liquor license issues dominate my daily schedule. I have requests for new licenses which I have not approved…I have licenses previously awarded which are not in compliance with our ordinances that I have put on hold…and I have people challenging our ordinances because of their lust to get into the lucrative video gaming business. I have also passed along a request to the legislative committee.
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