Council agreed to award grants to the Fairfield Community Foundation, Fairfield Prevention Coalition and the Fairfield Food Pantry. The Community Foundation will receive $10,000 for its computer software and hardware upgrade, and the Fairfield Prevention Coalition and Fairfield Food Pantry will receive $7,500 each. The coalition is looking to fill the funding gap being created when its federal funds expire next year, and the food pantry will use the funds to supports its growing clientele.
The city did not fund the Fairfield branch of the YMCA, saying it previously gave the organization $75,000 per year over four years for another project. The Fairfield YMCA is raising funds to make its facility 100 percent ADA compliant. Partners in Prime was the fifth organization seeking money.
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Councilman Chad Oberson was supportive of eliminating the program Monday night, and not funding any of the organizations, though he said he supports their missions.
“I’ll be the bad guy and say we phase them out today,” said Oberson, adding, “I don’t think it’s our place.”
While D’Epifanio was on board with the suggestion, the majority of the council agreed to put organizations “on notice” and phase out the program.
“(Councilman) Bill (Woeste) nailed on the head, how are they going to replace it this year (if it’s phased out this year)?” said Abbott. “And then we put them on notice that we’re going to phase this out over two years, and then we have a timeline that we can stick to.”