City of Fairfield

Wed
31
Oct

Plans begin for disc golf

Standing at right are Pastor Andrew Weitner and professional disc golfer Casey Wright. The two presented their disc golf plans to the city last week.
Photo by April Walker

Councilmembers gave the go-ahead to a group of local men wanting to design a disc golf course at the city park. Mayor Kenny Hughes told the group to plan the course and bring the design back for council approval at the next meeting.

Andrew Weitner, pastor of New Life Church in Fairfield, and business partner Casey Wright – who also happens to be a professional disc golfer – plan to build a tournament ready 18-hole disc golf course.

The duo explained there are four courses of nine holes or less within 45 minutes of Fairfield, but their dream is to design one that will draw competitions – and, ultimately, revenue – to Fairfield.

Thu
25
Oct

Joint meeting held, no action taken

Pictured are both Fairfield (right) and Teague (left) city councils at Thursday night's meeting to discuss the impending lawsuit filed by the City of Teague against the City of Fairfield. Heading the discussion meeting were Fairfield Mayor Kenny Hughes and Teague Mayor James Monks. The meeting was held at Tri-County Golf Club at the Vineyards.
Photo by Shelly Pope

Both Fairfield and Teague city councils met in a joint council meeting Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Tri-County Golf Club. This meeting was designed to open dialog between the two cities regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Department (TDCJ) Boyd Unit and the Interlocal Definitive Agreement (IDA) signed by the two parties.

"We agreed to take part in a group discussion," Fairfield Mayor Kenny Hughes said. "We believe there have been some misunderstandings but we are in the process of litigation and I'm not sure what we can discuss openly."

Wed
17
Oct

Cities plan to meet

The Fairfield and Teague city councils will meet in a joint public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Tri-County Country Club to discuss pending litigation.

Fairfield city council met Tuesday, Oct. 9 to hear from city department heads.

Public Works Director Clyde Woods reported on issues regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Boyd Unit water and wastewater facility over the holiday weekend.

Wed
26
Sep

James W. (Jim) Kellum

Jim Kellum

James W. (Jim) Kellum

May 26, 1934

September 18, 2018

Wed
26
Sep

Teague, Fairfield lawsuit update

The City of Teague, represented by the municipal law firm of Messer, Rockefeller & Fort PLLC, filed a lawsuit against the City of Fairfield Tuesday, Sept. 18 as well as a temporary restraining order against the Fairfield City Council meeting that was to take place that same evening.

This lawsuit has been filed in the District Court of Freestone County 87th Judicial District to be heard by District Court Judge Deborah Oakes Evans.

This suit spells out breaches in a 1990 facilities agreement and 1992 Interlocal Definitive Agreement (IDA) between the cities and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Thu
20
Sep

CoT suing CoF

Messer, Rockefeller and Fort, PLLC, on behalf of the City of Teague, will file a lawsuit in Freestone County district court against the City of Fairfield for breaches of an interlocal agreement and facilities agreement between the cities regarding management of funds from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, and for declaratory and injunctive relief.

Wed
12
Sep

Car enthusiasts fill square

Linda Mullen and husband, Marvin, took home 1st place in Original Trucks 1950-1964, as well as Fire Chief's Choice Award in the 21st Annual Show of Wheels car show at Fairfield.
Courtesy photo

Despite the threatening weather, the 21st Annual Show of Wheels was a huge success with live music, food trucks, and great looking rides! Show of Wheels participants also gained free entry into the Friday night Men’s Poker Run with awards being given to Best Poker Hand and Worst Poker Hand.

Taking the title of Best Poker Hand was Place 1 Councilman James Tyus, while winner of the Worst Poker Hand was Fairfield Library Director Gary Wiggins. The ladies enjoyed their own Poker Stroll Saturday morning with Shelli Geer winning Best Poker Hand and Shana Skeans winning Worst Poker Hand.

Wed
05
Sep

Departments present budgets to CoF council

Several departments presented their budget proposals to Fairfield city councilmen Monday, Aug. 27, but no decisions will be made until closer to October. Leslie Tate, Freestone County Historical Museum board treasurer, presented their budget requesting $40,000 – the regular $15,000 operating costs plus an additional $25,000 for the 1880s Freestone County Jail project.

Tate said the board is hoping to continue with the project by removing any interior walls not original to the building, relocating the stairs to the original place, and stabilizing the floor.

Freestone County gave the museum $10,000 in operating costs, but chose to give none for the project.

Wed
05
Sep

Something for everyone this wee

This weekend will be a busy one in Fairfield with six events planned throughout town. The biggest event is the 21st Annual Show of Wheels and city-wide garage sale. Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting the car show along with the City of Fairfield from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on the courthouse square. Look for a garage sale map on Page 3 in the Sept. 6 edition of the Recorder.

A Swap Meet and Poker Run are also planned to kick off the weekend. Registration for the Poker Run is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Bayless Napa Auto Parts at 357 W. Commerce in Fairfield. Cost is $10 per vehicle; car show participants are free.

Wed
05
Sep

Council hears tax rules

City councilmen got a refresher course in Hotel/Motel tax usage from an attorney during the Monday, Aug. 27 meeting. Brian Sullivan, one of three attorneys for the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, discussed rules and uses per state law regarding this revenue. “Every expenditure of hotel tax money must directly enhance and promote tourism,” said Sullivan. Sullivan explained there are eight different uses for the hotel tax money in Fairfield, including convention centers, advertising and promotion, and historical restoration. Although the state charges 6 percent tax, Fairfield also receives an additional 7 percent tax bringing the city’s total hotel tax revenue to 13 percent. In order to use that revenue, the city must spend it on events promoting tourism. Sullivan describes a tourist as anyone from outside the city or county. The different uses for the revenue are:

 

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