Fayette American Legion Post 339 sponsored a backpack/school supply program donating 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to six area schools and two community organizations for distribution to those children who need them. North Fayette Valley Elementary Schools in Fayette, Elgin, and West Union; West Central Elementary School in Maynard, Starmont Elementary School, and Turkey Valley Elementary School each received some of the backpacks as well as bottles of hand sanitizer and boxes of zip lock bags. Backpacks were also given to the Fayette County Food Shelf and Helping Services of Northeast Iowa.

   In an effort to attract new businesses, the City of Fayette has implemented a number of creative incentives in recent years. These efforts are beginning to pay off as three new businesses have opened their doors in beautiful downtown Fayette since January.

   Fayette started a marketing incentive offering new businesses a reimbursement of up to $1,000 in marketing and advertising expenses. The city is also willing to hand out up to $20,000 for any new construction within the city limits. A low interest revolving loan fund is also available for businesses.

   Crawford Creations was the first business to move into downtown Fayette and offers a variety of goods including handmade crafts, home décor, furniture, antiques, clothing, jewelry and more. A unique, locally owned ice cream and sandwich shop, the Sugar Bowl, opened shortly after. The Sugar Bowl has two other locations in Decorah, Iowa, and added its third location in downtown Fayette. The Visual Element, a marketing and advertising company specializing in graphic design and brand development, was the most recent business to relocate to the recently restored downtown area.  

   Fayette, with a population of around 1400, is home to Upper Iowa University, Klock’s Island Park and Campground and the new Fayette County Freedom Rock. Fayette continues to seek out opportunities to fill available downtown storefronts. Entrepreneurs looking for a great community to locate or expand their business can contact Kris McGrane, Fayette City Administrator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 563-425-4316 to learn more.

(Left to right) Wanda Crawford and Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe.  Wanda opened Crawford Creations in downtown Fayette in early 2021.

(Left to right) Nathan Todd, Brittany Todd and Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe.  The Todd’s opened the Sugar Bowl in downtown Fayette in early 2021.

(Left to right) Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe and Amanda Pasket.  Amanda opened The Visual Element in downtown Fayette in 2021.

The next City of Fayette Regular Council Meeting on Monday, August 16th, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. will be by conference call & online only.
The public may access the meeting two ways:
#1) Online at www.freeconferencecall.com, Access Code: 563425, Online Meeting ID: cityoffayette
#2) Telephone: 1-978-990-5000, Access Code: 563425#
Please join the meeting by telephone or online at least 3 minutes before the start of the meeting and please keep your phone/microphone muted during the meeting.

The city has hired Heartland Asphalt, Inc. to repair and place an asphalt overlay on S. Main Street from Clark Street to Jay Street. Heartland Asphalt, Inc. will be closing S. Main Street between Clark Street and Jay Street while they work on the street. They are tentatively scheduled to close the road down for one day next week (or the week of June 21st) and one day the following week (or the week of June 28th). Please understand that weather and other obstacles may come up to delay the project, however, the city wants everyone aware and prepared for the short-term closing of S. Main Street for this project.

Check out the Story Walk in Downtown Fayette! Start at the Fayette Community Library (104 W. State Street) and look at the downtown business windows to find numbered pages of the book "How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food" by Chris Butterworth. Complete the story while you are out getting great exercise and maybe even stopping in some of the great Fayette businesses! {Hint: City Hall is #7 along the Story Walk}

City elections are Tuesday, November 2, 2021. The city of Fayette will vote for Mayor and five City Council Members. The Mayor and City Council Members each serve for 2 years and will be up for re-election in the year 2023. A candidate must be an eligible elector in the city at the time of filing nomination papers and at the time of the election. An eligible elector must be: 1) A citizen of the United States, 2) A resident of Iowa, and 3) At least 18 years old. An eligible elector may not: 1) Be a convicted felon, 2) Be currently judged incompetent to vote by a court, and 3) Claim the right to vote in any other place.

Nomination papers are available at Fayette City Hall (11 S. Main Street), the Fayette County Auditor's office (Fayette County Courthouse, 114 N. Vine Street, West Union, Iowa), on the Secretary of State's website: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/CityElections.html or click the links below. Nomination papers must include at least 10 signatures from residents who reside in the city limits of Fayette.

Nomination papers must be filed with the Fayette County Auditor at the Fayette County Courthouse (114 N. Vine Street, West Union, Iowa) during the filing period (Monday, August 23, 2021 through Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.). They cannot be filed before or after the filing period. There are no filing fees in Iowa.

For more information, please click here for the 2021 Candidates Guide to the Regular City Election.

2021 Affidavit of Candidacy

2021 Nomination Petition for Non-Partisan Office

2021 Candidates Guide to the Regular City Election

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