The results from the Fairbury Planning Commission survey hold a lot of good information about the thoughts and wishes of our residents and visitors. The very first question was, “If you had a $1,000,000 to spend on improvements/changes/additions to the City of Fairbury, how would you spend it?”
The question had a multiple-choice answer. The answer that received the largest response was “open a business!” That is … more than one-third of the responses! This exemplifies that if money were not an issue, opening a business would be on the top of the list for many people. This is great news as the American dream still lives here for the Fairbury area.
How can we as a community encourage this? What will it take to allow for these dreams to come true? Of course, probably the number one issue is to make “money” less of the issue.
Would there be ways for the City, existing businesses, local property owners, and interested residents to band together to determine how to encourage the opening of more businesses by our local folks? Maybe the Planning Commission could form a committee to look into the possibilities.
Beautifying the City was number two on the list. Wow! That, too, is encouraging to see that many people interested in improving the looks of our town. Probably one thing that helped generate the interest in this area is the existing areas of beauty we already have. For Fairbury to become known for its beauty would be a huge asset. Here again, could a committee be formed to come up with ideas and volunteers to make a difference in this area.
The next answer with the most responses was an “indoor walking track.” This shows the community’s emphasis on being healthy and staying active. “It is difficult in the winter time to make ourselves go out and walk like we are told to do,” says Bobbi McKeon, owner of Heart’s Desire. “An indoor track some where near the shopping district could help drive people into town to enjoy the other shops, restaurants, and amenities we have.”
Other answers which were popular include, a splash park, an indoor sports facility, and a weightlifting and fitness center. These responses open up potential for existing businesses and organizations to more ideas.
Some other comments this question received were the need for more activities for the children and elderly, a hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast, enhancing our existing parks and attractions, and helping our existing businesses and organizations to grow to improve the area as a whole.
This survey question received lots of good input from many, many people. Now, what can be the next step? Who is open to help get some of the ideas off the ground?
As always, please call Bobbi at Heart’s Desire (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com with any ideas, thoughts or information to help our community! “We will be happy to forward ideas to the Fairbury Planning Commission with ways to help improve Fairbury,” Bobbi states.