The Fairfield Bay City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 14 with one Alderman absent.
The highlights of the meeting are as follows: Rosie gave the Treasurer,s report and stated that the sales and use tax was up 20K, from the same time last year and the 2014 budget process is well underway.
Kim Manville presented the dispatch report and stated they had 743 911 emergency call for the month of September, bringing the total to 7089 for the year. Plans are in the works to obtain 63K needed to replace the 911 consoles, which have in been used, 24/7, since 2004.
Mayor Paul gave the report for public works and said he had a great meeting with the Arkansas Hwy Dept. to discuss paving .4 mile of Castle Ridge, connector to Circle Acres, instead, a grant request for the full 1.8 mile of Castle Ridge is being submitted. This gives another paved entrance into the Bay, assisting our ambulance service.
Sherry Guess, Director of the Education Center, said the newest class, in Herbs/Lavender with Erica Clements, was well received. The Facebook class was a big hit with Debra Bond and there is a waiting list for the next class.
Wilba Thompson gave her report on the Conference Center. The goal meter for the fund raiser is almost at $100K and with upcoming grant funds and other donations the goal of 180K will be in reach. Wilba said there are seven events planned at the Conference Center through the remainder of the year and people attending the grand Opening were asking questions about other events they want to hold. The Art Gallery is officially open and people can come in during regular hours of 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
The mayor gave his report and stated he was very excited about the opportunities ahead with the new Conference Center’s great future potential.