Fairfield City Council

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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