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FAIRBANK — The City Council has had a somewhat busy July.


The council approved appointing part-time police officer Mike Everding as acting police chief at recommendation of the public safety committee which is in the process of selecting another part-timer for the department.

• Fall citywide cleanup was set for Monday, Sept. 14. Tags for all sizes of appliances cost $15 and are available at City Hall. Wearing masks into City Hall is appreciated but not required.

• Council approved extending the West Bentley parking lot nearest the kayak launch staircase, from its current two to three car widths, to 26 by 36 feet. Public Works will seek quotes.


• Council set a public hearing before it will act to enter into a lease with Little Wapsie Communications for right-of-way for future fiber optic telecommunication lines. To listen or comment, attend the meeting on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, or phone in, 1-978-990-5487, access code: 261499#.

• Council approved two proposals from Advanced Environmental Testing and Abatement to remove the items containing asbestos from the city-owned house at 405 Grove St. According to minutes, the Fire Department will do some trainings in the home first, then work can get scheduled.

• Council approved a Fairbank Police Department Standard Operating Procedures manual, which was developed with an attorney, Kevin Techau, and the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool (ICAP).

•Council approved a contract (plan C) with Aegion/Corrpro for annual water tower maintenance.

•Council approved donating $500 to the Fayette County Fair as in years past, this year for the carnival, after hearing from Justin Steinlage with the Fair Board about the County Health Department’s approval to continue with proper sanitation guidelines in place, according to minutes. The city was recognized on a banner.

•After talking with city employees, it was decided the liability risk was too great to use fire hydrants to fill pools, in reference to a request from Shawn Mullihan to discuss filling a 15,000 gallon pool.

“Without proper backflow protection, it is not advisable to allow something that could affect Fairbank and all its rural water customers,” minutes stated.

•Updated its employee salaries to add a pool employee who had been working for the pool to make the list reflect reality.


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