Mayor’s Report 7.14.21

The Mayor’s report from the Fairfield City council meeting on Tuesday, July 14th, 2021.

Tuesday night’s Mayor’s Report:

I am meeting with Tina Carpenter, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon, July 20th to discuss Fairfield and future expansion of the Carbondale-based organization. This is a very preliminary discussion to see if Fairfield could position itself for a future center.

Police Chief Richie Fulkerson was sworn in yesterday (Monday) morning by City Clerk Tina Hutchcraft. The Fairfield Police Department had three felony, seven misdemeanor and seven warrant arrests in June. There were 29 warning tickets handed out for local ordinance violations with 12 citations. The department was particularly active in traffic enforcement with 59 stops netting 26 citations.

Fairfield firefighters made 51 runs in June, 41 of which being Emergency Medical Service assists. FFD also toured the Fairfield Memorial Hospital expansion and did training with the ladder truck at the site.

The owner of the Briarwood Inn of Fairfield has been ordered to appear at city hall tomorrow (Wednesday) with records of every occupancy dating back to April 2020. The hotel owed $6194 in previous hotel/motel taxes.

We have received 600+ surveys here at city hall from Fairfield residents asked about the need for a high speed fiberoptic network in the city. The deadline has been extended until tomorrow (Wednesday). There will be a drawing next week for the 55-inch television set donated to help response.

I am disturbed to learn that Crimestoppers of Fairfield and Wayne County did not have one useable tip in the last 12 months. This program was formed in 2002 and could be a force in helping our law enforcement officers develop leads to capture and prosecute criminals. I am asking our local media to help with news stories about the program and its value. The fund balance has now swelled to $54,000.

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