The president of the Fairbury Improvement Group spoke to members of the Fairbury Prairie Farmers 4-H Club Monday night.
Dale Maley gave a background of the group which was formed around five years ago to help improve the community.
“The first thing we did was focus on developing a mission statement and marketing plan for Fairbury,” Maley explained.
The group created a list of projects in 2015 which would allow Fairbury’s rich history to be showcased to visitors. A wall was erected with murals at Veteran’s Memorial Park and old building advertisements were repainted in the downtown area. The biggest project tackled was renovating Marsh Park.
“The citizens and visitors really like them,” Maley said. “They really like seeing the town’s history on display.”
Maley approached the City Council about assistance with sidewalks at Marsh Park and also asked Prairielands Foundation for donations.
“We had many volunteers help on that project. We also had community service people.”
A list of potential 2020 projects includes replacing or repainting the sign at Old City Hall and planning another Marsh Park celebration. Summer project plans are typically finalized in April with work starting in May.
Maley grew up on a local farm and graduated from Fairbury-Cropsey High School. He is also involved with the Livingston County Historical Society.
Also at Monday’s Prairie Farmers meeting, talks and demonstrations were given and members were recognized for their success at Achievement Night and National FFA Convention. The regular meeting had 14 members, three leaders and 15 guests present. Club members will ring the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell during some upcoming Saturday mornings at Dave’s Supermarket.