The Fredonia Town Council meeting on Tuesday August 25, was far quieter than recent meetings. The agenda was short, only three items, the residents continued to show great interest by attending the meeting.

Public comment began with Mayor Dixie Lee Judd addressing the crowd, “we will not be attacked by disruptiveness… we have not in any way ignored you and appreciate your concern.”   She emphasized the council was reviewing and working on solutions for all of the concerns left with them.

Dan Watson approached the council with a public apology. He expressed he let his emotions get the best of him at the last council meeting. When asked if he had something to say, he felt he should have said no and waited until he calmed down before speaking.  “I really, truly, believe each one of you has the best interest of the town in mind.”

Tim Short and Patrick Lair from the North Kaibab Ranger District informed the council of a public meeting to be held on Thursday August 27, at the Fredonia Elementary School. 

The meeting would be to inform the public of the Forest Plan revision and gather public input regarding the revision. Council member Brent Mackelprang spoke for the council, “We would like to be a cooperator in your planning process.”  Short agreed to explore that possibility.

Fredonia resident Traci Heaton stood to say, “there’s a lot going on in our town right now,”  but she really wanted to shed light on some of the positive things as well. She gave great praise to our public library and especially to Lisa Findlay and Tanya Johnson, who have put so much into the library and its programs. They have taken a small facility with limited resources and created an incredible place of learning and fun for the entire community. 

She also mentioned the wonderful work they do with the free clothes Friday on the last Friday of each month. The council agreed the library deserves praise for all they do.

Council member Greg Honey expressed his concern that after the last council meeting, a town vehicle had its tire slashed. The town is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The regular agenda began with the council approving parts necessary to repair equipment for the public works department. The meeting quickly moved on to approval for the month of September and first two weeks of October to be dedicated to a town clean up effort. 

The roll-off would be available additional days to be announced and public works employees would be available in October to assist with the removal of large unwanted items. Gary Mudrow offered his services to residents with vehicles to be removed if they have titles.

The liquor license hearing for Lynx Fuel began with a plea to the council from business owner Don Gardner, “I just don’t want my store to close.” He  indicated that without the greater cash flow created by selling beer and wine, the store would no longer make it and would have to close.

The council inquired as to the distance from the establishment to the nearest church.  According to Gardner, liquor board instructions simply state to measure from door to door.  Based on measuring from the front door of Lynx Fuel to the back door of the church, the distance is 328 feet. The issue of where to measure from had been brought up during past council meetings and was being looked at by the town attorney.   

Because the measurement issue had not been resolved and the final decision to issue the license would be left up to the state liquor board, council decided it was in the best interest of the town to recommend issuance of the license.

“We’re trying to help save a business in town,” stated Judd.