Fairfield’s new mayor, Ed May II, and the city government have had to make hard decisions lately to bring the city into fiscal solvency. The most painful of the budget cuts has involved laying off city workers in order to make sure Fairfield remains viable and is able to meet its financial obligations.
Still, the city has remained loyal to these workers and has done everything possible to make sure the layoffs were performed in as fair a way possible. Among these efforts has been making sure the workers will have priority when seeking employment with the new commercial developments on Aaron Aronov Dr. A Job fair was held December 19th, where hiring citizens of Fairfield was encouraged, with an emphasis on the former city employees.
Beyond this, the mayor tasked Fire Chief Kevin Sutton to head up efforts to raise money and donations for the former city workers. The generosity of Fairfield residents and concerned citizens from the Birmingham area exceeded expectations. More than $20,000 has been raised so far and donations are still coming in.
Mr. Dick Shea, president of Morris-Shea Bridge Company, Inc., donated a generous $10,000 alone. This enabled Chief Sutton to gather the workers at the Magic City Grill on Dec 20th and present each with a check for $1300, a food basket from Mission Alabama, and a promise of more to come soon. At the meeting Mr. Shea pledged to donate another $9000 to help the workers get by until they can find employment.
To get the city’s budget under control the new mayor and council will have to continue making tough, but prudent, decisions, but have committed to doing so is as responsible and way as possible.
Comments from Mr. Shea
Comments from Chief Sutton
Comments from Mayor May