After the citizens of Fairbury voted in favor of issuing a bond to install a new pool in the City Park, Mayor Homer Ward asked citizens to serve on a pool steering committee to help guide the council through the design process to meet the needs of the people.
Mayor Ward presented his list of proposed committee members to the Fairbury City Council on Tuesday night. The council approved the appointments of Brad Kuzelka (who will serve as the chairperson) Tim Polson, Jake Friesen, Spencer Brown and Jamie Lambert-McDaniel. Two ex officio members were also approved to serve on the committee to provide input: Brook Tatro and Adien Swanson, students at Fairbury Public Schools.
Also during the meeting, the city council gave their approval to allow City Administrator Collin Bielser to sign an underwriting engagement letter with Ameritas Investment Group to investigate the option of refinancing some of the city’s debt from installing a water filtration system in 2004.
“I’ve been in conversations with a representative from Ameritas Investment Group,” said Bielser. “We have an opportunity to refinance our outstanding water debt, which was issued in 2004, I believe, for the filtration plant at Crystal Springs. It currently expires in 2025, and has a 3.5 percent interest rate.”
Bielser stated that if the city chooses to refinance, it could save the city approximately $22,000. The city will discuss the issue at the next city council meeting.
The Fairbury City Council also agreed to set the dates for city-wide cleanup. This year, the service will be offered from April 24 through the 28, with the business cleanup running from May 1 through the 5.