Fairfield Bay’s Monarch Butterfly project was a major topic at its city council meeting, Monday, Aug. 13.


At the meeting the council heard a presentation from Justin Wiedower, Clinton High School Agri teacher, about what the high school is doing to help increase the Monarch Butterfly population in the area. Fairfield Bay was recently named a Monarch City USA location, the first in the state. Wiedower introduced three FFA officers to the council who will be part of the project.


Wiedower told the council that Clinton Agri will be germinating milkweed plants for planting in its greenhouse. Fairfield Bay, in turn, passed a resolution which will compensate the school $1 for each milkweed plant over 4 inches tall the department turns over to the city. The plants will then be planted in Fairfield Bay.


Wiedower introduced three FFA officers to the council, Brooke Bradford, Natalie Alexander and Brooke Davenport who will be part of the project.


Milkweed is critical for Monarch Butterfly habitat. Fairfield Bay plans to place milkweed plots around the city in support of Monarch Butterfly - called a “declining species.”


In other council business the Peace and Safety Ordinance, read into the record and discussed at previous meetings, was passed into law after its third reading at the meeting. The ordinance includes restrictions on such matters as loud noises, trash disposal, junk cars and equal matters regarding quality of life.


The ATV ordinance remains in discussion. It did not have an additional reading at this meeting.


Amendments to the 2017 budget were made, typical for this time of year, moving money in various line items.


The hotel construction is ahead of schedule, Mayor Paul Wellenberger told the council. Related to this the city is working to attract service providers such as massage therapists and hairdressers to provide services in the mall space adjoining the hotel.