Fairfield City Council

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:

Wed
21
Feb

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
21
Feb

Mayor done after 14 years

Place 2 Councilman Randy Johnson gave Mayor Roy Hill an emotional hug after Hill announced his decision to not run for Fairfield mayor again. Hill has served the community as mayor since 2004. Running for his seat is Place 5 Councilman Kenny Hughes and Luke Ward, Jr. Election day for city elections is May 5.
Photo by April Walker

Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill tearfully announced his decision last week to not seek another term in office before leaving the meeting and turning things over to Mayor Pro-Tem Joe Lee Kirgan. Hill has served Fairfield for 14 years, first as the youngest mayor pro-tem in Fairfield before being elected mayor.

“I saw my temporary job as your mayor as the 'infrastructure' mayor,” he said. “Most of our original goals have been completed.”

Hill's platform, which he considered Our People's Platform, was to:

Fri
16
Feb

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
10
Jan

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Thu
28
Dec

Market Days future rocky

City Administrator Jeff Looney presented Market Days information he compiled himself over the last few years to City Council last week. Also pictured is (seated from left) Public Works Director Clyde Woods, Police Chief Kenny Bulger, and Accessories Etc. owner Mary Small.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield City Council discussed the future of Market Days during last week's Tuesday night meeting. According to information compiled by City Administrator Jeff Looney, Market Days has been losing $20,000 per year for five years – a total of $100,000.

Market Days Director Darlene Jones says the problem isn't vendors and shoppers, it's the city cutting her funding and a lack of visible signs to draw shoppers to the market.

Councilman Place 5 Kenny Hughes, who is running for mayor in 2018, suggested – with the support of the council – a workshop to discuss the market, its needs, and more in January.

Looney alleges the city is losing roughly $900 per month in private rentals of the Green Barn and Civic Center, which is where many vendors set up their wares; however, City Secretary Misty Richardson said she only receives “three or four calls a year about renting the Green Barn.”

“So, what's causing the decline?” asked Councilman Place 2 Randy Johnson.

Wed
01
Feb

Council takes no action against accused city admin

Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Daniels accuses City Administrator Jeff Looney of verbally abusing his wife.

Photo by April Walker

The city council voted to take no action against City Administrator Jeff Looney after several complaints came in against him, sparking a public hearing. Tempers flared when Looney was accused by Precinct 3 Commissioner Mike Daniels of being personally singled out by Looney, as well as verbally abusing his wife, Navlet, during a phone call.

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Wed
11
May

Hill wins election by 3 votes

Mayor Roy Hill fought a close race with competitor Jack Wright when voters headed to the polls Saturday, May 7. Hill retained his seat by a mere three votes. Place 1 Councilman Joe Lee Kirgan kept his current place, beating front runner Patrick Williams by 76 votes. Unopposed Place II Councilman Randy Turner was re-elected with a total of 292 votes. Total votes shown are:

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Wed
04
May

Council OK's $394,000 road project

Ray Street (pictured above) is one of the worst streets in Fairfield. The street has been patched and re-patched many times as shown in the photo.

Photo by April Walker

Councilmen approved a $394,780 road project slated to rehabilitate seven residential streets in Fairfield. After a tenuous workshop discussing prices and roads with councilmen and contractor Hayter Engineering, members voted to approve the following streets for repair:
n East Reunion Street – repairs will begin at the entrance of the Friendswood Addition and end at Oak Street. Also included in this is Ray Street. Total cost is $147,750
n Moody Street – repairs will cover the entire street for a cost of $80,623
n Carter Street and Jefferson Street – these streets will be repaired for a cost of $83,683
n Bateman Street – repairs will begin on Bateman from U.S. 84 to Reunion Street for a cost of $39,635
n Dogan Street – this will cover the entire street for a cost of $43,089

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