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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2014

Videos entice workers, business owners to move to Fairfield

By ANDY HALLMAN | May 29, 2013

Fairfield Economic Development Association director Tracy Vance showed the Fairfield City Council a video Tuesday his office commissioned to attract workers and business owners to town.

Vance showed the council the introductory video, which is just one of a four-part series of videos.

In the video, people from the community are interviewed about what makes Fairfield special. Interviewees included Mayor Ed Malloy, library director Rebecca Johnson and sustainability coordinator Scott Timm.

Vance said he likes the interview-style of the videos and prefers it to a narration-style documentary. The interviews and much of the filming was done last summer and fall.

The themes of the other three videos are leisure, history and culture, and business climate. Each video runs about 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Vance said the videos are designed to answer the question, “Why Fairfield?”

“We wanted a marketing piece we could give to new employers,” he said. “Realtors could use these videos, or a business such as Cambridge could recruit someone to Fairfield by sending them a thumb drive of this.”

The videos can be seen on FEDA’s website, www.growfairfield.com.

• The council agreed to act as a fiscal agent for a housing study FEDA will conduct. Vance said FEDA will collect data on the city’s current and future housing stock to find out where it has shortages.

“This will tell us things such as whether we have a shortage of multi-family housing or a shortage of housing in the $100,000-$150,000 range,” Vance said.

The purpose of collecting the data is two-fold. Developers need loans to finance their projects. Now they will have a document they can take to their lending institution to prove there is a shortage of the kind of housing they’re going to build.

The other purpose of the housing study is to help the city council decide what grants, if any, it should create to foster certain kinds of development.

“We might find we have a dilapidated housing stock,” Vance said. “We could encourage people to fix their homes through grants.”

• The council approved closing streets around the square for the “All Things Italian” annual festival. All streets around the square will close from 4-11 p.m. June 15, and parking around the square will be limited that morning and afternoon.

• The council approved James Moore’s request to close streets downtown during Fairfest June 21-22. Main Street will be closed from Broadway to Hempstead those days.

• The council approved a salary increase of $5,000 for City Administrator Kevin Flanagan. The council also gave Flanagan an extra week of vacation, so he now has four weeks.

• Jane McMahon of the Fairfield Pool and Gym Task Force recommended the city select Newman Munson as the gym project architect. The council approved the task force’s recommendation on a 7-0 vote.

• The council renewed a moratorium on the construction of cell phone towers in the city limits. The moratorium will last for 365 days. City Attorney John Morrissey said the city code needs to be updated to include clearer language on the regulation of cell phone towers.

• The council voted to set June 10 as the date of the public hearing on a proposal to issue $3.8 million in capital loan notes toward engineering and other expenses associated with sewer repairs.

 

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