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People ask if I ever remember anything like what our lives are like today.  I don’t.  Maybe some similar things, but nothing this serious.  I do remember getting the Salk polio vaccine in the 1950’s.  It was between my second and third years in Pisgah Elementary.  One of my classmates wasn’t as lucky and was a victim of the disease.  He spent most of his school years at the University of Iowa Hospitals. 

In the late 1970’s, I remember standing in a line, while living in Mission, South Dakota, to receive a vaccine.  It was the Swine Flu then.

September 11, 2001, was another of the days we will always remember.  It was an eerie time following the attack.  There was plenty to be afraid of, but with some exceptions, such as the airlines being shut down, most things returned to routine soon.  I remember postponing a volleyball game the night it happened, but the football game went on as planned Friday night.

The CoronaVirus, Covid-19, has given something completely new.  It is an unknown to us, and we don’t know what to do.  As far as the City of Fairbank is concerned, we have closed City Hall to the general public, the library is closed, we have canceled our March 23 City Council Meeting, and we have told our city maintenance employees to do what is necessary and go home.  The main idea is not to have contact with other people.  Many other businesses in the city have taken precautions of some type.

As most of you know, we have a confirmed case in Fayette County.  I wish all who have contacted the disease the very best.  I also hope people will respect the privacy of the individuals and concentrate on helping stop the spread of the virus.

Yes, I know it can be boring at home, but we need to stay inside and away from others.  As I am writing this I believe there are at least five states doing the Sheltered in place idea, everyone stays home except for medical trips or going to a grocery store.  I would not be surprised to see many more, maybe Iowa, join this list.  No, it won’t be a cure for Covid-19, but it should help keep it from spreading as quickly. 

As long as we have places in Fairbank serving food, I hope you consider ordering something to “go” and enjoy not cooking.  The businesses will also appreciate your support.  Maybe also help out someone less fortunate, and get them a good meal too.

To close, please stay at home.  Wash your hands.  Practice social distancing.  Check on others who may not be able to get around on their own.  Stay HEALTHY!!  As Dr. Anthony Fauci says, “we will get through this.”

Mayor Harter



When is City Hall Open?


The Fairbank City Council is wanting to test out the hours that City Hall is open. With that being said, we will no longer be closed from noon-1pm.

City Hall will now be open during the noon hour during this trial period.

New City Hall hours will be 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Thank you!


When is garbage/recycling pick up?

  • Garbage/recycling is picked up on Monday mornings. Please have containers out before 7 am. Please leave at least a 4-foot space between the cans or anything else in order for an automated arm to pick them up. 

When are utitlity bills mailed?

  • Utility bills are mailed on or around the 15th of every month.

When are utitlity bills due?

  • Utility bills are due on the 5th of the month. If the 5th falls on a weekend then you will have the following Monday to pay without penalty.


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