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KDOT and MODOT Update on US69 Bridge Construction at Our October Luncheon

Jim Pickett, KDOT Metro Engineer, Kris Norton, KDOT Project Manager and Lisa Stupps, MODOT Project Manager presented plans for the new US 69 bridge. Thank You to Neff Packaging for sponsoring and hosting our luncheon. For more information about the US69 Bridge project please contact Project Director Lisa Stupps at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIA Works for You: November 2014

Brownbacks wife - group pictureMany activities continue in the Fairfax District. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the KCK Police Department, Board of Public Utilities and FIA our district has had inoperable street lights repaired. If you notice any street light not working, please let us know.

First Lady of Kansas, Mrs. Mary Brownback, stopped by for a tour of the Fairfax District. Great to have visitors from Topeka see our district and how much business gets done here.

The FIA Board has elected to have me serve as the permanent FIA Executive Director. I am honored to serve in this position. There are so many great people in the Fairfax District as well as great people to work with through our partnerships within the Unified Government, KCK Police Department, KCK Chamber and others. I hope you find that your membership dollars are being put to good use. If you ever have a question, problem or anything else FIA can help to conduct your business in Fairfax, we are only a phone call or email away, 913-915-2327 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Happy Thanksgiving to you are your family!

A New Executive Director is Selected

By John Latenser, Board President

I am very pleased to report that by a unanimous vote, the Board approved Melissa Clark as the new permanent Executive Director for our association. As most of you know, Melissa has served as interim director the past several months.

We are very fortunate to have Melissa as our permanent Executive Director. She has been a long time member of FIA, has served several terms on the board, and has volunteered on various committees and many working groups over the years. There isn't much about FIA that Melissa hasn't seen, done or participated in.

She also knows many of the Fairfax businesses and their employees since she has operated her own business (CE Distribution) here in Fairfax for some time.

Much of the director's job involves membership. So when you hear from Melissa – and you will - about joining, or renewing your membership please give her a few extra minutes.

You can contact Melissa or any Board member (we're listed on last page of this newsletter each month) at any time with comments, questions, or suggestions about to improve the business environment here in Fairfax.

Let's all wish Melissa well as she takes on the job as the unofficial 'mayor of Fairfax'.

September Luncheon: A Ride on the Union Pacific Rail

upj BaordThank you to the Union Pacific Railroad for hosting our FIA September luncheon. First time our luncheon was on a train! Attendees were treated to a ride through Fairfax to Wolcott, KS on spacious passenger cars. We also had special guests, Mayor Mark Holland and his father, Ron Holland, join us. As you can see from the pictures, everyone had a great time. Also, special thanks to Ben Jones of the Union Pacific and Judy Timmerman of General Motors for making this event possible and all of the Union Pacific representatives that helped host the ride and give out interesting pieces of information about the UP during the ride

Fairfax Drainage District Update on Floodwall Repair Project

By: Steve Dailey, General Manager, Fairfax Drainage District

Bids were received on September 16, 2014 for Phase II of the BPU Floodwall Improvement project.

The project involves construction of underseepage infrastructure consisting of 14 new pressure relief wells, transmission lines and modifications of an existing pumping station and discharge lines.

The low bid was $2,982,271 (Fuel Tank Maintenance Co.) and should be awarded later this month. 65% of this amount is being funded by the
Corps of Engineers and the rest is being funded by BPU (26%) and the FDD (9%).

The project should be completed in late 2015 or early 2016.

The Phase I improvements, which consisted on new foundation support piles and buttresses, will be completed by L. G. Barcus & Sons in November of this year. The Phase I project cost was just under $3 million.

The Fairfax Drainage District is pleased that both Phases will be completed significantly under the original estimate of $15 million and the fact that the selling of bonds (and increased tax liability to FDD constituents) was not necessary.

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