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The Blade – Another Great City Meeting

Another meeting was held in the lower level of the City Hall on August 25th at 7pm. Alderman Terry Zimmerman and Alderman David Slagel hosted the meeting with approximately 30 individuals from the community in attendance.

The announcement was made that the first-Saturday Indian Creek Market will be held downtown on September 5th and October 3rd, moving from the current Westview location. The vendors will be set up in the grassy area between the Chamber office and the post office. Streets will not be blocked, but the parallel parking spots along the south side of Locust St. up to the post office drive way will be kept for purposes of the Market.

Jill Thompson, the coordinator of Indian Creek Market, was available to explain that this market is being modeled after the Three French Hens Market in Morris. Vendors offer unique, high-end products, many handmade. She is looking for more vendors offering antiques, handmade crafts, and food, plus farmer’s market vendors are also welcome. The cost per booth is $25. “We offer a free booth to anyone who is holding a benefit,” Jill said.

The City is also looking to schedule a periodic “Community Cleanup Day” for the elderly and disabled. “This is not for the able-bodied, but for those who do not have family to assist them.” said Alderman Terry Zimmerman. “If you know who might be a good prospect for home and/or yard cleanup, we encourage you to talk to them.

“We hope to be able to do six to ten residences each time, depending upon how extensive the clean-ups are and the number of volunteers. The city has a few dumpsters which may be available for the larger cleanups. Qualified applicants will be served on a first come-first-serve basis. An application should be available on the city’s website soon. We are excited that the community has come together to start a project like this!” Zimmerman says.

Dale Maley, a noted expert on Fairbury history, gave a brief presentation on the history of Fairbury. Farming, the railroad, and coal mines were important in our community’s past. Maley presented possible ideas of how history could be displayed to attract interest of visitors and tourists.

Zimmerman solicited ideas for areas that should be considered and represented in developing a structure for a steering committee. Some of the areas that were suggested by the audience were: businesses, tourism, arts & music, agriculture, accommodations, volunteer organizations, city government, recreation, citizens/individuals, and financial/fundraising.

More discussion was made about organizing the steering committee and how best to structure the administration and the sub-committees. In conclusion, Zimmerman asked for suggestions by email as to who might be interested in being part of the steering committee/sub committees.

“The City wants input from all interested citizens!” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire and coordinator of the Specialty Shops group. “Email Terry Zimmerman at terry-zimmerman@comcast.net with any suggestions. Also, the next meeting is set for Monday, September 28th at the City Hall. Please plan to attend!”

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.