The City of Fairview will offer all citizens an opportunity to get better informed about the operations of municipal government by attending their annual Focus on Fairview, two public information events scheduled for mid May.
At the April 15 City Commission meeting, City Manager Scott Collins said, “We open up the doors, the operations, and it’s a real live look at how everything in the City of Fairview operates, our departments, our budget, our financials, our future, where we are in every aspect of the city.”
There are two sessions scheduled, but each providing the same information. “We do two events so that most members of the community are able to attend one,” explained Collins.
This first is scheduled on a weekend morning and the second on a weeknight.
The 2021 Focus on Fairview will be held at city hall on:
• Saturday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m.
• Tuesday, May 25 at 6 p.m.
“We encourage attendance at those, because those events are very informative as it relates to all things city operations, particularly for the next 12 to 18 months,” stated Collins.
Collins also announced two work sessions will be held prior to each of the May City Commission meetings.
The Thursday, May 6 work session will start at 5 p.m. to discuss the city’s budget for the upcoming year. With the city required by state to have the city’s budget adopted by July 1, Collins said the city should have it approved four weeks ahead of the deadline.
“This will be the most impactful budget the City of Fairview has had in probably the last 15 years. So that work session is quite important as we navigate the next 12 to 18 months’ worth of financials,” stated Collins.
The Thursday, May 20 work session will also being at 5 p.m. when the board will discuss proposed zoning changes.
Collins explained the Planning Commission voted by resolution to submit to the Board of Commisisoners a series of zoning changes that they have worked through at Planning Commission level. Collins advised, “Now, the actual work regarding the adopted language for those zones will come into play. Once we get the zoning work done we will be able to move forward with the adoption of our comprehensive plan. However, the zoning and approvals of the zoning is the first step.”
Fairview Fire Chief Scott Hughes also presented his department’s March Report as follows:
• The department ran 112 emergency calls, compared to 95 in March 2020.
• The responded to 10 calls during flash flooding including four in the county assisting with water rescues.
• Along with three public education outreach opportunities, the department completed 364 hours of training.
Hughes reminded the public that the department has smoke detectors available from a state grant the city received. Citizens can call fire department to schedule an appointment to have a smoke detector installed in their home.
Police Chief Zach Humphreys presented a report on his department, covering February and March.
The department is fully staffed with 23 commissioned officers.
The department recorded 279 training hours with training opportunities increasing as COVID restrictions are being lifted.
• Calls – 675 in February, 823 in March
• Traffic accidents – 14 in February, 19 in March
• Arrests – 61 in February, 58 in March
Domestics – 1 in February, 4 in March
DUIs – 1 in February, 3 in March
Drugs – 20 in February, 21 in March
Theft – 5 in February, 5 in March
Humphreys noted, “We’ve had no fatalities here in quite some time. Injury reports were very small. Mostly property damage, and we’re very thankful for that.”
The Fairview Police Department has child safety seat certified installers available to assist citizens. Call the department for more information and to schedule a time.
As a reminder, Humphreys said the Fairview Police Department offers a Safe Internet Exchange Location. “We put it in over a year ago, so when they (citizens) purchase (items online) they can come to our parking lot.” The parking lot is viewed by camera so citizens have a safe place to make the exchange of goods for payment.