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Headlines for Wednesday, May 15, 2015

Chuck swon in

Newly-elected Mayor Chuck Griswold took the oath of office Tuesday night, along with aldermen Ralph Barbre, David Fletcher, Jim Griffith and Steve Robinson.  Outgoing Mayor Mickey Borah chose not to attend the meeting.  Pictured above is Mayor Griswold (left) and City Attorney Mike Molt (right) administering the oath of office.

The Fairfield City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to rescind a $240,000 sidewalk project approved by the outgoing city council last month.  Mayor Chuck Griswold said passage of the sidewalk project was premature, adding that the city needs to know what sidewalks need repairs and where the money is coming from to do the work.

On an interim basis, Mayor Griswold re-appointed the city fire and police chiefs and their assistants and the city treasurer. Griswold says he will conduct a “360 degree” evaluation of each individual before making a formal appointment. He says the process will take between 30-60 days.

The Fairfield City Council has approved spending $7,000 for the annual City Band concert program.  The mayor says the last concert of the season may not be the Fourth of July concert at the fireworks show.  He cited difficulties in getting enough musicians to perform on the holiday, and excessive heat as reasons why the 4th of July show may not be performed.

Angle parking in downtown Fairfield is being studied as a way to create more parking spaces near local retail merchants.  It will ultimately be up to the Illinois Department of Transportation if the change is possible along Main or Delaware.

A bill to regulate high pressure, high volume hydraulic fracturing in Illinois is ready to move forward according to sources in Springfield.  The compromise bill is expected to find its way to the House Revenue and Finance Committee later this week.  If approved, it is expected to open the state to massive drilling operations, creating thousands of new jobs.

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