The City of Fayette, in partnership with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC), is excited to announce the availability of a revolving loan fund (RLF) to attract new or expanding businesses in Fayette.  Fayette was recently awarded a Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) from Rural Development, an agency of the USDA, that will help fund the RLF loans for the first year.

The program is designed to provide attractive financing terms to businesses that are otherwise unable to borrow needed funds through traditional bank financing.  Often, the RLF can provide the financing on that part of a project that is most difficult to finance – machinery, equipment, inventory, land acquisition, site preparation, building construction or remodeling, furniture, and so forth.

“Shrubb’s Street Eatery recently opened, the Fayette County Food Shelf and Thrift Store is currently adding on to their building, and with the announcement of a Dollar General coming to downtown Fayette, the council hopes this revolving loan fund helps encourage more businesses to open in Fayette,” commented Kris McGrane, Fayette’s City Administrator/Clerk.

Loan amounts will range from $5,000 to $50,000 with interest rates of 1% over prime, but not to exceed 5%.  Projects must involve a minimum of 5% personal equity.  Typical loan terms are 5 to 7 years.  In addition, UERPC has loans available up to $150,000 at similar rates and terms.

Fayette, which is the home of Upper Iowa University, encourages businesses to work with their local bank and economic developer and to consider financing options through the City’s RLF to make sure that financing obstacles do not hinder the creation and expansion of great businesses in Fayette.

For more information or to obtain an application, visit the City of Fayette’s website, www.fayetteiowa.com, UERPC’s website, www.uerpc.org, or contact Fayette City Hall at 563-425-4316.

A hostile threat interdiction exercise was held at Upper Iowa University in Fayette in the afternoon on June 5, 2018.  The Fayette Police Department, Fayette Ambulance, Fayette County Sheriff's Office, Fayette County Emergency Management, West Union Police Department, Upper Iowa University and several other area agencies and ambulance services participated in the exercise.  The city of Fayette thanks everyone involved in the exercise for their dedication to our safety.

Everyone is invited to meet and congratulate the new Fayette Police Chief, Ben Davis, on Friday, May 18th, from 6PM to 7PM at 9 S. Main Street (right next to Fayette City Hall).  National Police Week is May 13th through 19th.

The Fayette City Council promoted Fayette Officer Benjamin Davis as the next Police Chief at the May 7th regular council meeting.  Current Fayette Police Chief Richard Pisanti submitted his resignation last month after accepting a position in Florida.  Davis worked as a police officer in Strawberry Point before he came to Fayette in June of 2016.

“Chief Pisanti made great strides in bringing the department up to date and I would like to continue that trend.” Davis said.  “I feel community outreach is a very important role and being more involved in the community is a promise I made when I was hired in 2016 and I would like to continue that trend.”

Davis plans on beginning the application process immediately for a new full-time officer to fill the vacancy in the department.  “I am excited at this opportunity to serve this community at a higher expectation and look forward to working with everyone.” Davis closed.

Davis will take over as Fayette Police Chief on May 12th.   

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF FAYETTE CONVEYANCE OF AN EASEMENT

        You are hereby notified that on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 6PM in Fayette City Hall, the Fayette City Council will hold a public hearing for the conveyance, at the cost of preparation, of an easement, allowing building upon city right of way (ROW).  The City owns the ROW immediately adjacent to the Fayette County Food Shelf, Inc. parcel located at 107 E. Water Street, Lot 1, Block 5 & E30’ Lot 2, Block 5, in Fayette and the Fayette County Food Shelf, Inc. desires to erect a building upon approximately 14 feet of the ROW.  At the public hearing, if you so desire, you may appear, either in person or by agent or attorney, in support of or in opposition of this easement. 

/s/Kris McGrane, City Administrator/Clerk 4/25/2018

CITY OF FAYETTE

PUBLIC NOTICE

GRASS, WEEDS, VINES AND BRUSH

The City of Fayette would like to remind residents in Fayette of the Fayette City Code regarding grass, weeds, vines and brush.  Fayette City Code Chapter 52 requires owners of residential and commercial property to cut their grass, weeds, vines and brush when it exceeds approximately eight inches in height or which are obnoxious or unsightly.  For the first violation of this chapter in each calendar year on a parcel of property, the City of Fayette shall notify the property owner by certified U.S. mail, return receipt requested, or served by personal service of a sworn Law Enforcement Official that a condition that violates the terms of Chapter 52 exists and shall notify the property owner of the actions that must be performed to correct the condition within five days from the date that the notice is received.  For subsequent violations on the same parcel of property owned by the same person in the same calendar year a written notice will not be sent.  If the property owner fails to maintain the property as required under Chapter 52 after notice was given, the City of Fayette shall order the work to be done by city employees or by a contractor.  The total cost of the expense of the work done, including any administrative fees, shall be paid by the property owner.  For more information, view Fayette City Code Chapter 52 at Fayette City Hall.

City Administrator/Clerk Kris McGrane

Interested in serving on a board?  The Fayette City Council is looking for Fayette residents to volunteer and serve on a board.  The Planning and Zoning Commission, the Library Board, the Board of Adjustment and the Recreation Board are all needing members.  The Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustment only meet on an as-needed-basis.  For more information, contact Mayor Andrew Wenthe or City Administrator/CLerk Kris McGrane at Fayette City Hall.

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