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City changes lead news for third quarter

October 18, 2013 - Lee Smith
The city of Fairmont led the local news for the third quarter of 2013. The city’s new water plant quietly went online while across town the city changed the management structure at the local airport.

The water plant began operating in September following years of planning that culminated in construction of the $30 million facility. Final aesthetic touches were being completed before the plant’s mid-October official completion date.

Meanwhile, after having terminated the contract with an airport management firm, the city in September decided to start accepting applications for an airport manager who will be a city employee, rather than a private contractor. City leaders believe an in-house manager will be more accountable, helping alleviate problems that have developed at the airport in recent years.

In other third quarter news:

— Bank Midwest opened its new facility along State Street in Fairmont in July.

— It was reported in July that Fairmont Mayor Randy Quiring would undergo cancer surgery and lose an eye.

— The city of Ceylon was faced with a rampant problem of loose dogs, prompting city officials to seek solutions.

— Fairmont Area Schools began serving free breakfasts to all students.

— A scabies outbreak was reported in the Fairmont area.


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