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Mayor Casts Tie-Breaking Vote to Keep City Tax Rate the Same

  With a contentious split, Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill cast the deciding vote to approve keeping the City Tax Rate the same. At .3488, the Tax Rate for Fairfield is less than half that of surrounding cities such as Mexia, Teague and Wortham. Councilmen Randy Johnson and Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. argued for raising the rate to the .37914 Effective Tax Rate; so named as it would, in effect, raise the same amount of revenue as the City received last year. According to calculations put on the board by City Administrator Jeff Looney, the higher rate would have earned the City a little over $62,000. Mayor Hill argued that, as the City was looking at possible annexation in the near future, it was more important to keep tax rates the same.  Councilmen Kenny Hughes and David Steward agreed, casting their votes to approved the .3488 Tax Rate. Mayor Hill also cast the deciding vote to approve the Budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, which includes plans for transitioning to a paid Fire Department. Other business includes the following:–Approved request related to insurance coverage for City Judge George Robinson–Approve Budget and Business Work Plan for Fairfield Industrial Development Corporation, as well as approve name change to Fairfield Economic Development Corporation.–Approve Change Orders for Street Repair from Texanna and Hayter Engineering.–Update on repairs to Well #2 at Boyd Unit.–Discussion of Truck Purchases...

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County Jail in Disarray as Four Employees Resign

  The Freestone County Jail is currently understaffed, with three having resigned and one resigning this month, according to Sheriff Don Anderson. The County Jail is currently still open, indicates Jail Administrator L.J. McAdams. While the facility is still in operation, the shortage of staff could necessitate transporting current and incoming inmates to other facilities, temporarily. “We have already hired replacements,” says Sheriff Anderson.  Background check results are pending, and the new employees should be in place soon. “With a $2,500 deductible on health insurance and a $250 deductible on prescription, they couldn’t afford to stay and left for better insurance,” says Sheriff Anderson. One of the recently departing jailers agreed that higher pay and benefits, as well as a less stressful work environment, influenced their decision to resign. The former employee also points to deplorable living and working conditions in the jail, including possible asbestos in the flooring insulation; and moldy ceilings caused by 20 or more leaks in the jail...

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Fairfield Splashpad Location and Final Drawings Approved by City Council

  Picture for illustrated purposes only.   Approving the final plans and location, Fairfield City Council gave the final go-ahead to pursue a grant for the proposed Fairfield Splashpad. “The plan incorporates everything the folks asked for,” says City Administrator Jeff Looney. Receiving a quote from Vortex Aquatic Play Solutions, the $375,558 Splashpad will include three “bays,” one for Toddlers, one for Teens, and a large area for Famiies. One the product list are an Aqualian Rain Forest, Cattail, Ground Geyser, Jet Stream, Spray Loop and Super wave.  Other elements include a fish, a flower, a leaf and a snail. The SplashPad will be located at the north end of the Kiddie Park playground.  This location is already fenced in and may incorporate existing water and sewer lines. Also included with the SplashPad project will be additional restrooms, which have been needed at the fairgrounds for many years. Assisting with the plans and architectural drawings is Michael N. Tibbets of Hayter Engineering, Inc.  These will be included in the grant application for up to $550,000 in matching funds. Once the final approval was received, Looney planned to make calls to community leaders to “to find out what contributions we can count on.” If all goes as planned, Fairfield may have a new water feature for its citizens to enjoy next...

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Local Business Displaced by Fire

  Following a fire on the evening of Tuesday, September 6th, Deja Vu salon in Teague announced the temporary closure of their location at 844 West Highway 84. “It [the fire] was contained inside the building,” said owner Kathie Finley, “No one hurt – that’s a blessing.” Ms. Finley recognized her staff for their support and understanding throughout this difficult process. “I want to send a heart filled thank you out to Julie Atchley at The Iron Horse, Sharron Hagen at One Spirit, Averie Grant at Peridot, Gale Brooks Cox at Hair Razors for helping us out,” she shared. “There is no way I can express my gratitude to everyone who has called and come by to check on us.My cup runneth over with love and support. Thank you so much!” Finley also thanked State Farm Insurance for their speedy response, Tammy Moore and Ruben for helping prepare Deja Vu’s temporary location, and the staff for their flexibility during this trying time. Deja Vu is currently taking clients at 601 FM 1367 (Old Airport Road). Walk-ins are welcome, or call 903-388-8387 to schedule an appointment. Ms. Finley expects that the salon should be back to normal in a few weeks. Keep up with The “Times” for information on Deja Vu’s re-opening....

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Freestone County Sheriff’s Report

  Fairfield EMS transports inmate from Boyd Unit to ER for chest pain complaints. Teague PD responds to domestic disturbance, verbal argument only. TPW Game Warden investigates report of possible poachers on callers land. Streetman Fire responds to elderly lady fallen and has a cut knee, having difficulty standing. Fairfield EMS transports to ER for treatment. Troopers, Dew Fire and Deputies out to car vs. 18 wheeler on interstate, no injuries reported. Deputy makes arrest on out of county warrant for parole violations. Motorist reports elderly couple walking down shoulder of interstate, Trooper responds to assist if needed. Fairfield PD takes call of minor two vehicle wreck in local business parking lot. Teague PD investigates report of storage building broken into. Teague EMS transports juvenile to Waco Hospital for treatment of possible heat exhaustion. Fairfield PD, Fairfield Fire, Troopers and Deputies respond to two vehicle head on collision near interstate, multiple injuries reported. Fairfield EMS transports injured to ER for treatment. 3 vehicle collision on Hwy 84 south of Fairfield, Troopers, Deputies and Fairfield Fire respond, no serious injuries reported. Deputy takes loud music call. Teague PD investigates suspicious person call, Deputy assists. Caller reports cow out on the side of the road, owner identified and contacted. Deputy takes report of stolen kayak. Park Ranger makes two arrests at entrance to Fairfield State Park, Deputies assist with transport to...

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