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New FIA District Patrol Officer

Miguel PenaOfficer Miguel Pena has been assigned to Fairfax as our new district patrol officer for 2015. Officer Pena can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Non-Emergency dispatch 913-596-3000. For emergencies always call 911.

Marty Quinn of Industrial Lumber continues to serve as our FIA Security Chairperson. He can be reached at 913-281-1190 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding security, please do not hesitate in contacting Officer Pena or Marty.

Thank You to Officer Bryan Rausch for serving as our district patrol officer for 2014.

B-52 Bomber History Project

B-52 BomberDid you know that Fairfax has historical ties to the B-25 Bomber? Dan Desko and Jim Stella met with the FIA board to discuss possibilities to construct a small monument for the B-25 Bomber that was built at the North American Kansas plant here in the Fairfax District.

The Fairfax Municipal Airport and later North American Kansas Plant was built on the grounds of what now includes the grounds under construction as Central Industrial Park and Kraft Tank, previously owned by General Motors.

Originally called Sweeny airport, Fairfax Municipal Airport, IATA designation "KCK" was operated by Emory J. Sweeney. The Sweeney Auto, Tractor, and Aviation school was open prior to World War I. The first known use of the airport was for an American Legion air meet in 1921.

Between 1921 and 1922, Guy Stanley bought adjacent land and selected the name "Fairfax" because it reminded him of Fairfax, Virginia. In 1923, the land was optioned to the Union Pacific Railroad. Mark, Frank, and George Woods acquired 1,000 of the 1,700 acres of land in 1928 and established "Fairfax Airport, Inc.". After an additional purchase of 230 acres of land, including Sweeney Airport, Fairfax Municipal airport was created.

By 1939, the government was searching for a location for a "war plant" to build bombers. This plant needed to be away from the country's coast lines. By 1940, Fairfax Municipal airport got the nod. On December 7, 1940, the War Department announced a plant would be built on 75 acres adjacent to the Fairfax Municipal Airport.

On March 8, 1941 North American held the official ground breaking ceremony at the site. On December 23, 1941, the first bomber was completed. Over 50,000 men and women built 6,608 assembled bombers with another 947 in spare parts by August of 1945. Producing 6,680 of the 9,889 aircraft, the Fairfax plant built most of the B-25s currently flying worldwide.

August 19, 2015 is the 75th anniversary of the first flight of a B-25. For more information please visit http://b25history.org/history/first.htm. FIA will continue to work with Dan and Jim to help secure a location for this monument.

FIA Works for You: January 2015

Happy 2015! Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. FIA is preparing for another busy year working on infrastructure issues and improvements, security, communicating road construction projects, as well as many other projects and issues.

In December, the FIA board elected the 2015 officers. John Latenser, Neff Industrial Packaging Systems, President; Steve Dailey, Fairfax Drainage District, Vice-President; Judy Timmerman, General Motors, Secretary; Stacey Woodyard, Fagan Company, Treasurer, Richard Sheldrake, Mark One Electric, Executive Planner. Mike Martin of Capital Electric has also been elected to serve as a board member. Congratulations and thank you for serving!

FIA was founded in 1951 and it continues to be a strong and viable association due to the valuable support of all its members, especially those members that volunteer to serve on the board and as officers.

Please see our "News to Use" emails for up to date information on the demolition of the Fairfax Bridge/US 69 Project. You can also visit the website at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mark your calendar to attend our FIA monthly luncheons. They are the second Thursday each month except July and December when we do not have a luncheon. These are well attended events and a great way to visit with your business neighbors.

FIA is working for you. Please contact me if you ever have any questions or need assistance. I can be reached at 913-915-2327 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safe Zone Halloween Party

SafeZone Face Painting - WebFIA and Fairfax businesses have been co-sponsoring the Safe Zone Halloween Party in the KCK area for over 10 years. This event is held on Halloween night at Bethany Community Center and provides a safe place for local families to celebrate the holiday. This year, over 3,000 children

came through the doors to enjoy a haunted
house, trick or treating, hot dogs and snacks.

This year Daniel Dye and Thomas DeVore of Exxon Mobil volunteered their services. According to Daniel Dye "We had a wonderful time, and I was impressed with the amount of kids and families
impacted. There was a long line at the door when we got there (about 15 minutes early!) The place
was packed all night long. Officer Mike Simmons was great, and everything was well organized. I can tell they have been doing this for quite a while. One thing that really impressed me was the age range of the volunteers. It was great to see young and old alike pitching in to help the community! I was definitely impacted by how our dollars have gone to impact the community we live and operate in.

Thank you and the FIA for helping us make a difference!"

Thanks to those businesses that sponsored this year.

ABOVO Fagan Company
American Equipment Fairfax Drainage District
CE Distribution KC Abrasive Company
Design Mechanical Neff Industrial Packaging
Exide Technologies Owens Corning Fiberglas
Exxon Mobil Reddi Services

2015 Sponsorship is available. Please check your FIA membership invoices for this or contact Melissa Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Safe Zone - Line up- web

Mayor Mark Holland at FIA November Luncheon

Mayor HollandMayor Mark Holland was our featured speaker at our FIA November luncheon. Mayor Holland covered numerous topics taking place in Wyandotte County. One of these is the Healthy Campus Proposal to be included in the Downtown Parkway District. In 2009, Wyandotte County was ranked last in the State in terms of health compared to other counties. The Downtown Parkway District Plan is a redevelopment strategy for downtown Kansas City, Kansas that envisions a model for healthy communities, including:

• A full range of the goods and services essential to a healthy lifestyle in downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods; and

• A network of streets, paths and parkways that encourage walking and biking and other active modes of transportation to connect people to these goods and services and to one another, supporting the goal of recreating the area as a great place to live and work.

December 4th, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to include the Healthy Campus proposal in the Downtown Master Plan. For more information, please visit wycokck.org.

Thank you to Central Solutions for hosting and sponsoring our November luncheon.

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