On December 4, 2013, Mayor Paul Wellenberger called together eight Fairfield Bay residents who had different skills, had varied backgrounds, and shared a common interest in promoting Fairfield Bay. The Mayor asked them to generate ideas that would prepare our community for the future. He challenged the group to “Imagine Fairfield Bay in 2035.” Henceforth, the group became known as the 2035 Committee.
The Mayor’s charge to the Committee was open-ended, with no deadline for completing its work. Rather, he asked the Committee to meet until it felt the job was finished. The Mayor didn’t ask for a formal vision statement or a strategic plan to be placed in a file and “gather dust.” Instead, he charged the Committee with developing a blueprint of what is needed for Fairfield Bay to become a sustainable, progressive community. He also asked for specific projects and a chronology for their implementation.
Using a variety of resources, the 2035 Committee began to identify topics that would need to be addressed.
Growing our population to a sustainable level, attracting new store fronts and additional business for existing ones, additional housing and hotel lodging, adequate medical care, revitalizing the city center, high speed internet and other infrastructure needs, land and resource management strategies, and a GIS data base were among the topics that the Committee considered important to the further development or our community.
After much discussion about how to approach its work, the Committee decided to focus on a limited number of projects and see them through to completion before addressing other challenges. Moving forward, every project must contribute to the ultimate goal of insuring a vibrant and sustainable community by 2035.
The Committee decided to meet monthly to share ideas, discuss possibilities, talk strategy, and select projects. Individual members or small subcommittees are assigned to investigate selected projects and present their findings. The Committee may either implement a project itself or pass it on to a partner who has the capacity to implement it.
For example, the Committee organized the Town Center Mall clean-up and the spaghetti dinner that funded it. Significant financial support and volunteer labor from the community made the project a success.
More frequently, the Committee’s ideas and background work is implemented by others. To date, the City, Community Club, local realtors association, the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses, volunteer organizations, and outside contractors have all been involved with projects addressed by the 2035 Committee. Examples include the ongoing effort to improve the appearance of the Town Center, the Conference Center Hotel project, paving streets, city wide internet access, an integrated GIS data base, a sewer along Highway 16, new home construction, and new business opportunities at the marina.
Over time, the 2035 Committee has added members as additional expertise was needed. The Committee now has 12 members: Chairman Bob Berdine, Don Bailey, Heather Dunn, David Foster, Fred Herman, Maud Huber, David McBee, John McIntosh, Dwayne Miller, Rocky Nickles, Ken Schuette, and Paul Wellenberger.
The 2035 Committee wishes to thank the Fairfield Bay community for its input and its support. Please share your vision, ideas, and goals for improving Fairfield Bay with any member of the Committee.
2035 Committee Secretary