Mayor’s Report 4/12/22

The Fairfield Business District was approved by the city council on a 5-4 vote.

Scheduling conflicts are making it difficult to have the first meeting between the city and the Fraternal Order of Police. Alderman Reever has agreed to sit in as a member of the city’s negotiating team on April 26-27 to start negotiations.

We had a shuffle within the city workforce over the last week. It started when Eric Holstein moved back to Water Distribution after we signed a memo of understanding which prevented six positions from being changed. Moving Eric left a position in the Street and Bridge Department. We assigned the floater, Keith Grove to fill Holstein’s spot which means we have not added to the city’s workforce.

The airport reports 92 overall operations from February 21-April 10th. Ag Monkey led the way with 38 operations. Ed Prince started weekend duties and has completed his Illinois UST Class A/B Operator training scoring a 93% on his test.

Fairfield firefighters had 66 responses in March, 61 of which were EMS Assists. The police department reports three felonies, 9 misdemeanors (including three DUIs) and two warrants. FPD also wrote ten local ordinance violations. Also, the state deemed our ADA grant complete and the department was in compliance.

The final stages of testing are set for later this week for the three candidates for the position of patrol officer. If all succeed, the academy starts on May 4th.

There will be a ribbon cutting for the new office of Dr. Shawn Bladel at the former People’s Building at 215 SE 3rd Street. His business is called Recreated Health and he offers chiropractic services. This is the fourth business to locate on the top floor of Andrew Gifford’s building which he refers to as a “boutique hotel.”. Gifford reports he will still have a gym and a restaurant but has scaled back his plans for hotel rooms to 12. Also, Gifford says his downtown Coffee Shop, at 207 E. Main, is scheduled to open June 14th.

Ahead of an April 28th deadline, the trust which owns the former Vaughan Grocery Store on the East highway has applied for a building permit for roofing repairs and renovations to the building.

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