City of Fairfield

Wed
09
May

"No comment" in Looney termination

Jeff Looney (far left) sits with City Attorney Linda Sjogren at the May 1 meeting in which city council members discussed his termination.
Photo by April Walker

During the executive session April 24, city council members chose to keep Jeff Looney in his position of city administrator; however, within one week a special meeting was called in which he was fired. According to an affidavit to Mayor Roy Hill and City Attorney Linda Sjogren, Looney was instructed in the April 24 session to write a letter of resignation for his file in case "this ever happened again."

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Wed
09
May

Mayor Hughes, Councilman Tyus

Mayor Kenneth Hughes

The City of Fairfield has a new mayor after a 14-year consecutive run by Roy Hill, who announced his decision to not seek another term in March. Kenny Hughes earned the seat with 307 votes to opponent Luke Ward, Jr.'s 117 votes. Hughes said in a phone interview Tuesday morning that he was "super excited" to be elected.

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Wed
02
May

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Fri
27
Apr

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

I had predicted that when the Mayor, City Administrator, and the Cartel had changed everything up on Market Days that it would truly be a big flop. They felt like if they got rid of my wife as Market Days Coordinator that I would quit writing to the editor. I truly feel like they did not like to hear the truth about our city business.

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Fri
27
Apr

City of Teague researches agreement with Fairfield

*The headline "Teague to end 30-year agreeement with Fairfield" in this week's Recorder was misleading. It should have read "City of Teague researches agreement with Fairfield."

Teague's Board of Alderman received information on April 16 from Teague City Administrator Theresa Prasil that City Attorney Linda Sjogren, attorney for Bojorquez Law Firm in Austin, wants to address the council to present them with a new Interlocal Definitive Agreement for Teague to step out of a new bond that the City of Fairfield wants to take out.

 

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Fri
27
Apr

Public meeting planned Tues.

A public information meeting is slated for Fairfield residents after testing showed "low concentrations of dry cleaning solvents in groundwater believed to originate from a former dry cleaner business" near Fairfield property at 402-418 E. Commerce Street in Fairfield. The meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Community Center in Fairfield.

Michael Whitehead, of Whitehead Environmental Services, says this is not uncommon. "It's very common in Dallas, Houston," he said. "There have been thousands of these in Texas. It's been there for years and nobody knew."

Whitehead also said the solvents are not in the drinking water. "It's just in the groundwater, which is about 200 feet deep. This meeting is just to get to the next stage of the process for TCEQ to come in and they will decide if it's any hazard."

Wed
18
Apr

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
18
Apr

Councilman attend aviation conference

Three men recently attended an aviation conference in Galveston to learn more about what it takes to secure an airport grant. City Administrator Jeff Looney and City Councilmen Place 1 Joe Lee Kirgan and Place 4 Landis Bayless spent three days at the 36th Annual Texas Aviation Conference, hosted by TxDOT and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

The Fairfield Recorder submitted the following questions to Looney who, after clearing it with the city council, returned these answers:

Thu
12
Apr

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
04
Apr

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Last Thursday night I was out of town and was not able to attend the called session of the City Council meeting.

I understand, from talking to people, that it was another nearly four hour pony show that the mayor put in place.

I understand that over three hours of this meeting was in executive session.

If the Mayor and City Administrator would look in the TML rule book I truly believe that the things going on behind closed doors are against the rules.

I really don’t feel like they ever look in the book.

I wished that the Mayor would take in consideration the people who are connected to our City.

I have noticed in the long meetings that it appears to me that the 88-year-old City Councilman is worn out.

I can see the fatigue on his face.

What I have to say to the Mayor is shame...shame..shame on you.

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