Project Updates

Master planning is a collaborative act. This is the story of Fairfield, Alabama, working together towards a brighter future.

Hi. I’m Karin. It’s my job to connect with you and your Fairfield neighbors to help you be a part of this process. As I do, I’ll be posting updates here so you’ll always know what I and the rest of the project consulting team are up to — what’s already happened and what’s next. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Thursday, September 9, 2021: Getting educated 

During my recent in-depth interview with Fairfield City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Regina Thompson, she enthusiastically talked about innovative programs in the school district. 

That interview was followed by a tour of the district to see school-related innovations and resources with our own eyes. Fairfield Schools head baseball coach, Jimecio Archie, graciously guided us around these various destinations.

We saw a baseball field that is undergoing a facelift, partially to complement a walking trail the City of Fairfield is planning to install nearby. Coach Archie is confident the work will be completed by the upcoming baseball season in 2022.  We also saw the fully renovated football stadium, which has been enhanced from the bleachers to the playing field.

We visited medical facilities and met healthcare professionals who work in the school system, including Emily Herring who as the mental health coordinator, has her hands full dealing with COVID related stress and hardships students are experiencing. 

Dr. Thompson believes the schools can and should be a resource for the community. That’s why the clinic at Forest Hills Community Center serves students and Fairfield residents. She is also a supporter of the Fairfield Master Plan and has facilitated a joint ZOOM meeting involving Fairfield City Schools and the City of Fairfield to discuss the master plan with parents and the community at-large.

Catch up on the day with this video:

Thursday, September 2, 2021: Reaching higher 

We asked ministers in Fairfield to raise their voices in collective prayer on the third Sunday of this month, September 19th, on behalf of the Fairfield Master Plan.

We envision pastors delivering sermons derived from biblical versessuch as Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish”though we of course respect each pastor’s decision concerning their scriptural preference.

In the event that a full sermon that day is not possible, perhaps a moment of prayer for the Fairfield Master Plan might be possible with pastors asking their congregations to join in a petition for divine favor over the master planning process.

Pastor David Craig, President of the Fairfield Ministers Alliance, graciously received our request. He also volunteered to incorporate prayer for this project on a consistent basis during a 6:00am prayer call that happens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021: Drop by and share 

In speaking with Fairfield City Council President Herman Carnes we received an additional idea for collecting resident input: a suggestion box at Fairfield City Hall. We responded with signage and other materials for citizens to easily share their hopes, dreams, concerns and issues involving Fairfield.

There are two sets of comment cards; one for residents and another for businesses. We encourage everyone who is interested in Fairfield ‘s future to go to city hall, fill out a comment card and drop it in the suggestion box.

Fairfield City Hall is located at 4701 Gary Avenue, Fairfield AL 35064. The building is open from 8:00am until 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

“However you’re interested in sharing, we’re listening.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021: And we’re off! 

Work on the Fairfield Master Plan process got officially underway on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 with a meeting convened by Fairfield Mayor Eddie Penny. About twenty individuals attended the meeting, representing a broad cross-section of the Fairfield community. Functioning similar to a brainstorming session, the participants freely shared their perspectives on Fairfield—perspectives we’ve captured in a series of videos entitled “Fairfield Voices.”

The same day we met at Fairfield City Hall to hear from various Fairfield leaders and citizens, we also met with Dr. Arthur J. Brigati, Senior V.P. for Institutional Advancement at Miles College, along with his colleague, Dr. Kathy Edwards, a professor in the Miles College School of Business. They discussed plans on the horizon at Miles College that will benefit the student population and, with it, the Fairfield community at-large.

“This is our community. We need to take an active part in what happens.”

Dr. Arthur J. Brigati shared information about a multi-purpose center that will be built on the Miles College campus and also said after extensive renovations, Williams Hall will house a Center for Economic and Social Justice as well as a museum that will accommodate the Benny Andrews collection.

As this process continues, we’ll continue to operate in the spirit of transparency and inclusivity, informing the public of details concerning ZOOM sessions, in-person meetings, and other activities related to the Fairfield Master Plan. Updates will be posted here as warranted.

Our goal is to engage a large portion of the Fairfield community prior to our public workshop, October 4-7, allowing us to further refine your ideas and suggestions during that time.