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Improvement Group Meets Again

On Tuesday, January 17th, the Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG) met again in the lower level of the City Hall.  Dale Maley chaired the meeting.

Maley has been taking on the large responsibility outlining the various projects and reporting on the status.  Also, he has been doing a large share of the work for the projects… researching, evaluating, developing and implementing.

“We as a community are certainly indebted to Dale Maley for all of his work on improving our small town.  Dale’s leadership, coordination, and hard work are certainly exemplary.  He is truly a great model volunteer,” says Bobbi McKeon owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group.

“Without Dale’s hard work, we would not see all the progress we have already seen, and based on the meeting updates, he continues to throw huge efforts to make our area better for all of us.  Thank you, Dale.”

Here is a list of some of the project updates reported at the meeting:

  • Repaint Swing-Steidinger and Archer House building signs – Summer 2017 – Maley to contact building owners for approval before next meeting
  • Discover Central Illinois tourist magazine ad for 2017 – Event dates need to be updated.
  • Develop old City Hall Jail as photo-op – Maley to review jail to determine what updates need to be done before next meeting
  • Musical & family events, upgrade Marsh Park, outdoor venue facility – Additional planning work is going to be conducted on more family and musical events. This planning work also includes a potential upgrade of Marsh Park.
  • Racing Museum – The project for establishing a racing museum is making good progress. A Board of Directors has been formed to oversee and manage this project.
  • Historical murals to Steidinger storage building – Two more historic murals are planned for the Steidinger Tire storage building on Main Street. One new mural will focus on the Kickapoo Indians that lived around Fairbury. The second mural will focus on the Goudy brothers. They were early motorcycle racers from Fairbury that are included in the American Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
  • Walking Trail Displays – project in-process, but waiting on scope to be defined

“We are always looking for new members to help on our projects. Contact me if you are interested in volunteering to help on any of these projects,” says Maley.  His email address is dalemaley@gmail.com

The next FIG meeting is Tuesday, February 21st at 7 PM in New City Hall Basement.  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.