You have probably noticed that a lot has been accomplished this year in Fairbury. Many groups, organizations, and individuals have worked hard toward a variety of projects.
As you know, the Fairbury Improvement Group (FIG), led by aldermen Terry Zimmerman and David Slagel, has been meeting periodically with the goal to improve the quality of life for current citizens and make Fairbury an attractive place for visitors.
Input has been welcomed from all area residents and citizens. Multiple meetings have resulted in some great steps toward the goal of improving our small town. Recently, Dale Maley compiled a list of some of the items that have been completed this year:
- Early in the year at the City’s discussion group meetings, an overall plan was prepared. It was then reviewed with local residents & groups and updated with their input. The initial plan was completed by March 31st.
- Identified costs needed to implement the plan
- Explored possibility of utilizing Prairie Lands Foundation as a depository to hold donations
- Updated Main Street flower boxes (Thanks to City of Fairbury for their help!)
- Painted hand-rails and bike racks (Thanks to Lion’s Club volunteers!)
- Participated in Discover Central Illinois magazine (60,000 copies printed)
- Developed and implemented five historic murals in Central Park
- Added additional content to FairburyILAttractions.com website
- Launched “History Talks” during Indian Creek Market days (Thanks to Fairbury Echoes Museum volunteers!)
- Restored Occident Flour sign on building
- Posted and rotated framed art pieces depicting area attractions on Lost Arts building, at Culkin Corner, at Steidinger Tire, etc. (Thanks to local business and organizations who sponsored these!)
- Gratefully received new Fairbury welcome signs at each end of the City, donated by a private donor.
“There are more projects in the planning stages,” says Terry Zimmerman. “Stay tuned for more things to come! Everyone’s ideas are welcome.”
“With the help of local organizations, businesses, and volunteers, the FIG has done a lot in a short amount of time.” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire Antiques and Accents and coordinator of the Specialty Shops.
“Besides all the support from individuals and businesses, Prairie Lands Foundation has specifically helped fund the costs of the mural project and the Occident Flour painting. We are certainly fortunate to have a local foundation to help make our city a better place.
“Also, the updating at Fairgrounds/Speedway is another primary example of a big project completed with the help of local businesses, organizations, and individual volunteers. So much gets done when people work together.” concludes Bobbi.
Please call Bobbi at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics to write for our community.