In November of 1992, two Town Meetings were called to present three available levels of Government for discussion and a decision. A straw vote was taken, with a majority favoring the least level of government. This level would allow the City to receive county and state turn back funds, to which we were entitled and adopt and enforce building, zoning and health standards. No responsibilities or budget items would be transferred by the Community Club to the City and no city taxes would be assessed.
February 9, 1993. Petition “Kick Off” by PRPOA (Permanent Resident Property Owner Association). Speaker, Floyd Hannah, Cherokee Village.
August 30,1993. Petition drive ended. 833 in favor; 489 opposed; 140 undecided or unable to contact.
May 13, 1993. Petition for incorporation presented to VBC Judge Dale Lynch at a public hearing in the county courthouse, Clinton. No opposition voiced.
July 29, 1993. With no opposition, FFB was declared a City of the 2nd Class (consisting of a population of more than 500 and less than 2500).
November 9, 1993. 1st City government election manned by volunteer judges, clerks and Sheriff. Number of candidates running: 17-Aldermen, 2-Mayor and 1-Recorder/Treasurer. Votes cast were 1,111 including 70 absentee ballots. A 74% turnout. First elected officials were: Paul Mueller, Mayor; Mary Graf, Recorder/Treasuer (the only paid position) and six aldermen (2 from each of the 3 wards: Louis Freeman, Clarence Radford, Howard Buer, Erling Rasmussen, Fred Stearns and Ken Kjeldgaard.
November 12, 1993. Swearing-in Ceremony (video copy is in Library). Dick Kellenberg was named “Father of the Bay” in honor of the research and guidance he provided to incorporate.
November 15, 1993. First City Council Meeting. December 4, 1993. Certified Census Report confirmed a population of 1,958 in the 1990 census. A certified census is required to implement per capita turn back funds.
December 12, 1993. Received first turn back funds. The primary source of funds are estimated per year.
December 14, 1994. The Community Club Board presented a Resolution to the City Council to support and serve on 3 committees, each consisting of 6 voting members, 3 members from each body, to share vested interest, concerns of permanent residents and those of the non-resident property owners. There is no change in the rights, privileges and responsibilities of membership in the Community Club as defined by the Covenants and Restrictions.
April 5, 1994. Annexation of Fairfield Bay – Cleburne County portion.
Municipal Services Established: June 1995. Planning & Zoning Committee: 7 members appointed with staggered terms of 1,2 and 3 years the first year and 3 years thereafter.
August 1995. Board of Zoning Adjustment: 5 members appointed with staggered terms of 1,2 and 3 years the first year and 3 years thereafter. September 1995. Building Code Committee: 6 members appointed.
January 1996. Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) appointed.