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Improvement Group Meets Again

Improvement Group Meets Again

On Tuesday, June 13th, the Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG) met again in the lower level of the City Hall.  Dale Maley chaired the meeting and provided an update on the outstanding progress.

Some of the items which were discussed:

  • The Mock-up Jail Photo op at the Old City Hall/Chamber office was reinstalled and will stay up for the summer.
  • The future dates for the Indian Creek Market and the Fairbury Echoes History Talkers are July 29th, Aug. 12th and Sept. 2nd.  The Market will also be holding one for the Holiday Season on December 2nd at Fire Station/SELCAS.  The first event for the season was on June 3rd with the History Talkers at each of the key street corners downtown giving building histories from 10am to noon.  It was a successful event!
  • The Swing & Steidinger building sign is complete.  WJEZ’s radio story link is on the History tab at www.fairburyILattractions.com  The Sherman Hotel building sign just west of the old Keck building may be painted in the Summer of 2018.
  • Thanks to many generous contributors and to Dave’s Supermarket, the new Entry Signs on Route 24 are completed on both the east and west side.  These are an eye-catching addition to the entry of Fairbury.
  • A Fairbury Food Festival, named “A Local Taste:  Flavors from the Farm,” hosted by the Fairbury Area Chamber of Commerce is set for August 12th from 11am to 6pm in Sunken Park.  Besides area food vendors with exciting features, this event will also include farm displays and old tractors.
  • The City of Fairbury has put a hard-working young man, Tom Shafer, to the task of repainting the fire hydrants – all 200 of them!
  • The Marsh Park upgrade is moving along very nicely thanks to the City of Fairbury, Prairie Lands Foundation and many volunteers providing input and assistance.  The Daily Leader and the Blade carried a nice story about the park renovation, and WJEZ’s radio segment can be heard on the History Tab on FairburyILAttractions.com.  (More details on this upgrade will be in another article in a future column.)

“Fairbury certainly has a lot going on from an improvement perspective,” says Bobbi McKeon owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group.

“All residents and businesses are beneficiaries of the hard work and creativity of many volunteers and financial supporters.  We appreciate Dale Maley and David Slagel coordinating these efforts and continuing the “FIG” meetings which Terry Zimmerman and David started almost two years ago.”

The next FIG meeting is Tuesday, July 18th at 7 PM.  This time the meeting will be at Marsh Park! Please mark your calendars!

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.