The Fairfield Bay City Council met on Monday, January 11, 2016 with all members present.
During the meeting, concerns were raised regarding exterior appearances of personal property throughout the Bay by several residents.
City Council members passed unanimously the first Ordnance of the new year, 2016-01, that will accelerate the issuance of a citation to anyone not complying to the ordnance seven (7) calendar days after notice has been mailed or posted.
Also of concern are owners who still allow their pets to run free. The City has passed a revised Ordinance to address these concerns and the ACO (Animal Control Officer) will be taking the necessary steps to correct this behavior. Door hangers will be delivered to all the residents of the Bay to ensure the new ordinance is understood. Heavier penalties will be levied against violators of the ordinance.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Community Volunteer of the Year Award to Bob and Vikki Zaijor and Rick Pierce, who have been invaluable to the operation of the Conference Center.
In other department news, the Animal Shelter has made many improvements in both the Shelter operations with a great staff and now they have a new van which was donated by Batesville Auto. There is now a generator on site to help in case of power failure to ensure the animals are still taken care of. The Shelter is now using a new veterinarian.
Jerry Thompson discussed Emergency Management and said that the Greenwood building near the Marina will be the emergency center for that area. A generator has been purchased from government surplus and will be setup and operational within the month. Cots and emergency supplies are currently in place. Jerry is also working on getting a pallet of MRE’s. This will give Fairfield Bay three facilities for emergency purposes, Greenwood, senior Center and the Kirk Fellowship Hall.
In the mayor’s report, Paul stated that a hotel feasibility study is currently underway. Different approaches are being considered for possible grant money that may be available for the mall. And the urban deer hunt is nearing completion with 148 deer harvested.
Alderman, Robert Otis, reported that real estate sales in number of units and in dollar volume were both up 24% in 2015 vs. 2014. Dollar volume was also up 24% to $10,252,589 in 2015.