Author: Karen Leidy

City of Fairfield Purchases Water Utility

The sale of Westwood Utility Corporation, which provides water to homeowners in Oak Forest and Westwood subdivisions, located outside the city limits, was completed on June 27, 2017. After a 12-month long process, the City of Fairfield acquired ownership on June 27, 2017 with a $3 Million price tag. When choosing to sell Westwood Utilities, former owners, Mary Jean and John Alford, had expressed their desire to pass the corporation on to a financially stable entity that could continue the good service to their customers. The City is purchasing Westwood Utilities through owner financing. An initial down payment of $250,000 has been paid (put into an escrow account), and the City of Fairfield is obligated to two (2) payments per year, together totaling $209,976 for the next 20 years. According to City Administrator Jeff Looney, the money for this purchase was in the City’s budget. “The citizens did not have to put out $3 Million for this.” Utility purchases such as these are required to be approved through the Public Utility Commission (PUC), who looks at the viability of the purchasing entity, as well as the affect of the transaction on current customers. Basically, during the 12-month long process, PUC sought to determine whether the City could 1) afford the purchase, 2) had the resources to adequately maintain the utility services once they bought it, and 3) that services...

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Watch Your Speed: One of Two New Signs Arrive in Fairfield

THIS 79 MPH SIGN MAY BE SET JUST A BIT TOO HIGH for city streets, however, once the second sign is delivered the Fairfield, they will be put to use in an attempt to slow traffic in residential areas. The signs are designed to show drivers their speed, giving them time to slow down before potentially meeting a parked police officer, and earning a costly traffic ticket. Having the new traffic signs on trailers allows for installing them where they are most needed. (Photo by Karen...

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Budget Requests Begin for City of Fairfield

A bare bones budget was handed to Fairfield Council members during last week’s workshop on Thursday, July 6, 2017. This had been requested during a previous workshop held near the end of May. The budget is to include only the essential expenses required to keep the City functioning, along with anticipated streams of revenue. “It’s going to be a tough year,” said City Administrator Jeff Looney. “The economy hasn’t been the best, and that affects our sales tax.” The idea, with the bare bones budget, is to start with the City’s actual “needs,” and from there, build on with the “wants” requested by various departments and organizations, while staying within revenue projections. At last week’s meeting, two organizations presented their budget requests for the year, while reporting on the services they have provided to Fairfield residents. The Fairfield Public Library is requesting $44,100 from the City of Fairfield this year. “We appreciate that you reach out to young people,” remarked Council member Kenny Hughes, following the Library’s presentation about the recent renovations and active programs they provide. “We’re excited,” stated Tammy Gawryszewski, who has assisted with grant writing, both for the completed renovations and upcoming technology grants. “We’re excited that you’re excited,” remarked Mayor Roy Hill. Fairfield EMS is asking for $125,000 from the City for the coming budget year. “We have had the same budget the last three...

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The Arts: A Visit to the Williford Foundation in Fairfield, Texas

Fairfield is home to one of the most extensive collections of 19th Century American Art. Located on the east side of the courthouse square, the Williford Foundation is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Come and view the current art exhibit (at right), which may include oils, watercolors or decorative art. Or, read one of the numerous art books (in at least three different languages) stored in a glass bookcase. One of the oldest books on display (shown below) is The Chefs-D’Oeuvre D’Art of the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1878, a collection...

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Save the Date for National Night Out with Fairfield Police Department

Fairfield Police Department and the City of Fairfield will host a Movie Night during this year’s National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Feature will be The LEGO Batman Movie. Young people are encouraged to bring their parents to enjoy food, fun and, hopefully, a surprise guest. National Night Out (NNO) is a crime and drug prevention event that seeks to foster good relationships between neighbors and law enforcement. Thousands of communities all over the United States and Canada participate each year. National night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details in the coming...

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