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Christmas in July Shopping Opens Friday at Fairfield Market Days

Come to Fairfield Market Days this weekend for Christmas in July! Indoor and Outdoor shopping is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the historic W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds. Vendors will be open July 21-23, 2017. Each month, Market Days vendors offer such things as Arts & Crafts, Jewelry, Bling, Clothing, Food, Furniture, Antiques, Fresh Produce, Tools, Toys and more. Market Days will open Friday, July 21st with limited vendors from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. All vendors will be open for business on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, July 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Vendor inquires for Market Days are always welcome. Call 903-388-9845, 903-389-2633, or send an email to RV hookups are available. All vendors are expected to stay until...

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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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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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New Payment Plan: County Inmates to Contribute for Cable TV

“I’ve been thinking,” says Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley. “I’m a local taxpayer too, and I don’t want my money going toward cable for inmates, so I’ve come up with another option to provide them with the service.” Sheriff Shipley continues, “We can use the profits from the money inmates pay for commissary items to pay for the cable bill. This way they are paying for their own cable; and money is not coming from tax payer dollars.” County Commissioner Mike Daniel made a motion to approve this plan with Clyde Ridge giving the second at a regularly scheduled Commissioners Court meeting held Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Andy Bonner also voted in favor, but Craig Oakes voted against. During the Comments from the Public section of the meeting, County Auditor Donna Williams spoke to the court, saying the following, “I am here speaking for myself, not as County Auditor. I believe that the travel allowance provided for 12 elected officials is extravagant and that mileage logs should be implemented to determine proper mileage reimbursement. I feel like these allowances are salary bonuses for a select few.” Community resident Pat Wiggins also stood, saying “I want to echo what Donna has said. Last year, when these elected officials were asked to keep a mileage log and they refused; and I overheard conversations about them not willing to give up excess...

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A New Look For Fairfield Public Library

“We are down to adding the finishing touches,” says Fairfield Library Director Gary Wiggins. “There are a few pieces of furniture left to be delivered, décor to be hung on the walls, and last minute technology tweaks before we open the doors for business at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18th.” The library has been completely renovated and modernized, adding new features to accommodate the needs of the community New flooring, ceiling, lighting, restrooms, furniture, shelving, and more, has brought the library in to the here and now. The children’s corner has various forms of seating, a train table,...

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