Headlines for Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Parts of Fairfield were without power twice Tuesday evening because of insulator failures. Electric Department officials said the first outage happened around 4 p.m. when a cutout failed, causing high voltage to go directly to a fuse, catching a utility pole on fire. Once the fire was extinguished, workers had to cut the top of the pole off and install a new cross-arm to restore power. That incident happened near the entrance to Maple Hill Cemetery. The second outage happened around 8:15 Tuesday evening – it was the same problem. A cutout failed, causing a pole to catch fire. This time, the failure happened a little further east on Rt. 15, near the entrance to the Newt Carter residence.

The Fairfield City Council has given its tentative approval for the Fairfield VFW to construct an outdoor summer kitchen and smoking area on the east side of the post. The structure will be named the Kenny Kays Room in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Kenny Kays of Fairfield. The City Council is expected to approve formal transfer of a small plot of city property to the VFW at its next meeting.

The City of Fairfield is considering the implementation of a system that will allow Fairfield utility customers to pay their bills on-line through a checking or savings account draft or by credit card. The cost to the consumer will be $1 for a check or savings draft and 2.75% of the total bill for a credit card payment. Formal approval is not expected until the next council meeting.

With two NO votes, the Fairfield City Council has approved seeking bids for a new backhoe for the Cemetery Department. The backhoe in use today is 25 years old. NO votes came from Aldermen Barbre and Prince.

The Fairfield City Council has approved spending $16,317 to replace the computer and software program for the city’s sewer camera truck. Officials with the Water Department say they will need another $90,000 to $100,000 next spring to complete the overhaul of the system.

17-year-old Clay A. Kelley of Macedonia has been formally charged with Aggravated DUI Causing a Death. Police say Kelley was driving a pickup truck early Sunday morning that crashed through a mobile home in rural Franklin County. The accident claimed the life of 17-year-old Isaiah Snowden, a McLeansboro High School senior. Kelley has been released from custody after posting $20,000 cash bond.