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The Blade – Get On board with City’s Exciting Project

Over the last several months, the City has been hosting monthly meetings for the public to brainstorm how to enhance Fairbury to help make our community a better place to live, work and visit.

These meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Ideas flow freely. All input is valuable. Don’t miss out on what’s being planned for the future of Fairbury! The next meeting is set for Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm at the City Hall – lower level.

At a recent meeting in late November, there was an update of what has been accomplished so far. A lot has already been done, and there are many projects in the planning stages, too.

“I don’t want to miss any of these meetings,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire. “They keep me abreast of what is happening. It is important for all interested residents and business owners to come. The more ideas, the better! There are so many ways folks can help – some have ideas and help brainstorm, others want to “do something,” others want to be involved in the long-term planning, and some don’t have time to do any implementing of ideas, but want to support in some other way. Let’s work together to make Fairbury’s dreams come true!”

Dan Mullen, an area resident and volunteer, has visited other communities around the country bringing ideas on how Fairbury can learn from these community successes. He recently provided a tour of Fairbury to one of the primary tour promoters of Historic Route 66. Dan says, “It is exciting to see the continued cooperation between businesses, the promotion folks, and the City leaders. The open discussions at these meetings is wonderful. The motivation of the City to provide help to the elderly, work on eye-catching attractions, and beautify the town is something I have not seen before. In my heart, I’m really excited about the progress I’ve seen. Folks should take notice and plan to attend. Everyone’s ideas benefit not only businesses and the town, but also the community!”

Fairbury Echoes Museum board member Diane Pawlowski enjoys her involvement with the group and learning firsthand about what’s happening with the different projects. “If anybody has an idea on how to improve Fairbury, they should come to the meetings and share those ideas.” Pawlowski said, “We need more people to get involved not only in the idea phase but especially with implementation.” The museum’s 2016 project entails bringing some of the local history out to the streets of the downtown business district on the 1st Saturday of June, July and August to coincide with the Indian Creek Market events. There will be six corners where History Talkers will present information on some of the businesses, buildings and events of the past.

“These meetings are great.” says Carol Ely, treasurer and leadership/public relations chair of the Women’s Club in Fairbury. “Movement is being made, and it is encouraging to see folks thinking together, working together, and people showing up for this “idea” stage of the future of building Fairbury. Things don’t happen overnight, and it takes a lot of planning in advance. This winter will be a good time for planning so that ideas can be implemented in the spring. If each person just does a little, a lot can be accomplished!”

Mary Catherine Carter, president of Fairbury Echoes Museum and member of the Lion’s Club comments, “Having attended several of the monthly meetings hosted by the City, I feel there has been a lot of progress. One of the goals is for the many community organizations to be leaders in implementing ideas. I am personally involved in a couple of organizations that – come springtime – will be undertaking projects that were borne out of these discussions. At the present, these meetings are “idea discussions.” The implementation of the ideas will be handled in smaller groups. Please attend these meetings as they are definitely important for the future of our city.”

Attend the next meeting on January 12th at 7pm at the City Hall – lower level – in Fairbury. It is quite enjoyable.

As always, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.