Mayors Report 12/14/21

The Mayor’s Report from the City Council meeting:

Libby Lingafelter reports the application for the Rebuild Downtown and Main Street Capital Grant was completed last week. The focus of the grant is improving infrastructure in downtown areas and beautification projects. This grant would match TIF monies previously set aside for infrastructure updates before the resurfacing of Route 15 and the connecting roads.

Once again, the owner of the Briarwood Inn Fairfield has fallen a year behind in his hotel/motel taxes to the city. Legal Counsel has directed Anil Lala to appear at City Hall on December 17th with records for the calendar year of 2021 and September 2019. Lala paid $5509.70 in August to cover his 2020 bill.

Fairfield Police had four felony arrests in November with six misdemeanors and five warrants. There were 11 vehicle crashes with 48 traffic stops and 11 citations written. FPD used three search warrants during the month which netted four arrests and more anticipated. The fire department had one structure fire, one chimney fire and 28 EMS assists. In all, there were 40 operations.
Our airport was awarded two grants from the state. The first project will rehab the parking lot. The $343,000 grant will only have a match of $34,300 in local funds. The second grant will relocate the airport’s Automated Weather System to achieve more accurate weather information. That is a $192,000 project with a $19,220 local match. Kudos to Travis, Kayla and Hansen Engineering for the successful grant writing.

Following last weekend’s tornadic activity in Edwardsville and Mayfield, Kentucky, I reached out to our first responders to check on our plans should Fairfield ever be hit with such storm. Chiefs Fulkerson, Miller and Colclasure met with me yesterday morning and we have agreed to include Wayne County Preparedness Coordinator Jeff Jake in a future meeting to fill me in on our emergency plans.

Don’t forget Winter Wonderland this weekend—-Ice skating, the Trackless Train, concessions and our downtown merchants open for Christmas shopping.

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