Fairfield Bay’s Monday City Council meeting was marked by reports of very active departments, with the council passing both resolutions and one long in-discussion ordinance.
The ordinance, passed near the end of the meeting, was to allow for building inspections, both residential and commercial, to meet certain standards. In the ordinance all new buildings will be inspected, and existing buildings if a complaint or request for inspection is received. The ordinance extends past the building itself, with a requirement for, for example, no abandoned or inoperable vehicles, and other requirements reflecting habitability and safety.
The ordinance passed unanimously. It had originally been proposed earlier, but property owners were concerned about a requirement in the ordinance’s original version which mandated rental properties be registered. Registration requirement was dropped from the final version of the ordinance.
In its passage, also passed was an emergency clause, putting the ordinance into effect July 1.
The city’s ambulance service report showed that it had made significantly more runs this year. In 2016, was one figure given, the service made 31 assists with Southern Paramedic Services, based in Clinton. This year, however, the service had already made 26 runs with Southern Paramedic. Overall Fairfield Bay EMS made 107 ambulance runs in May, a record, against its typical 45 run average month. Captain Andrea Notz, with the department, said getting personnel was the most difficult task, pointing out that no-tuition training was available for both EMS and Paramedics due to the growing need in rural communities.
At least two matters were presented, much to the consternation of the body, where complaints were being lodged on social media, with pictures, of in one case trash dumping, and in a second case of an animal being tied to a car’s steering wheel. In both cases some apparent debate took fourth on social media, but nobody - the council was told - thought to call authorities to report the malfeasance. In the case of the trash dumping Police Chief David Burnett only being made aware of the dumping at the meeting. In the case of the animal, Mayor Paul Wellenberger said later in the meeting, the matter was presented on social media “for some time” before anyone called the city’s animal control, which quickly addressed the problem.
Also presented was a Cop and Kids Bike Safety Rodeo put on by both Fairfield Bay Police and EMS, where children were given bikes and helmets, all provided by donations, the biggest being from Walmart to EMS to provide helmets.
In other council matters:Police had made several DUI arrests, the result of patrons being over-served at an establishment. Wellenberger said that while the city had no intention of shutting down the establishment (both he and Burnett were careful not to name it) the city would expect responsible policies in serving patrons.Economic Development is still in work on getting the factory to move to the area, with various sites being surveyed for us. Also was the recent signing of a Non Disclosure Agreement with the group interested in building a hotel in the area as financials were being studied.The city is meeting with a selection of providers about increasing its broadband Internet capacity.