Executive session item added

After a lengthy executive session, Fairfield city council added an agenda item to be discussed in private Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The council entered into executive session for an hour and 46 minutes during which the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) discussed matters pertaining to a pending property purchase and the hiring of a police officer.

One agenda item – a request from TABC for the City of Fairfield – slated to originally be discussed during open session was also talked behind closed doors. This item was later added and assigned code 551.076, which pertains to the discussion of security measures.

For 34 minutes, Jeff Kirgan, vice president of Big T Memorial Barbecue Cook-off & Music Festival, and Paul Kennedy, Depot X owner, were taken into chambers for this discussion.

"Due to permitting issues with the City of Fairfield, the beer garden will not be available as originally planned,” Kirgan announced.

Article 1.08 Section 2 of the City of Fairfield Parks and Recreation Code of Ordinances states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to have in his possession alcoholic beverages and to go upon the grounds of any city owned park.”

Fairfield City Secretary Misty Richardson was asked to provide the letter of request from TABC regarding alcohol sales for the Big T event, but the city has never responded to requests.

Council opened the regular meeting and took no action on all items with the exception of the hiring of a police officer. The council voted two to three to not hire Brody Weinmann.


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