FAIRFIELD — Mayor Harry Price filed Wednesday for re-election and said the Mayor’s Commission on Crime he proposed and the City Council approved is a top priority for him.
“They’re 10 committed, very talented citizens,” he said of the panel.
Price praised police and fire services in the city and said residents have become much more responsive to assisting law enforcement.
He spoke about attending community events such as the ceremony Thursday at Vanden High School, where he taught English for 33 years. The event marks the beginning of work for the library expected to open in fall 2015.
“That’s one very effective way for me to know the issues – get the pulse of the community,” said Price, 77.
He’ll speak Saturday at the Fairfield library at a naturalization program for new citizens.
The mayor also said walks he takes around Fairfield alert him to matters that require city attention and that calls from residents reveal issues as well.
Fairfield had sheep eat vegetation and reduce the fire hazard at Spyglass Hill off Oliver Road and Burbank Drive, Price recounted. A resident told him the sheep don’t eat all the vegetation – information Price passed along to the city staff.
The mayor said his walking also shows where plants extend onto sidewalks and could send youths stepping into the street – a risk that can be avoided by telling city staff about the problem, he said.
Price was elected to the City Council in 1997 and as mayor in 2005.
A native of Pennsylvania, Price taught there for five years before beginning at Vanden High in 1965. That followed a family vacation to California the previous year.
“I thought it was marvelous,” Price said of the state.
He said he enjoys the public comment portion of council meetings when residents speak about a range of issues.
“I don’t mind criticism at all,” the mayor said. “That’s how we grow.”
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