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Community foundation announces Fairdale infrastructure fund

A worker cuts through pavement as part of the project to install a new community septic system in Fairdale. The DeKalb County Community Foundation will administer a new Fairdale Community Fund to help cover maintenance costs of the new system.
A worker cuts through pavement as part of the project to install a new community septic system in Fairdale. The DeKalb County Community Foundation will administer a new Fairdale Community Fund to help cover maintenance costs of the new system.

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Community Foundation will administer the Fairdale Community Fund, created to provide ongoing support for maintenance costs of the Fairdale community septic system, which was completed in December 2015.

Fairdale's community septic system was designed under the direction of the DeKalb County Long-Term Recovery Corp. and was devised to replace outdated septic fields in the tornado-ravaged community, many of which were too close to homes. Work on the system was funded with $441,000 in private donations, the community foundation said in a news release.

The newly established Fairdale Community Fund will help pay for upkeep of the system, the foundation said.

In all, about $1.4 million in private donations were raised to help rebuild infrastructure in the small community of Fairdale, which was devastated by a tornado that tore through the area April 9, 2015.

"The community sewer system was only one of the needed infrastructure improvements we were able to sponsor," Donna Turner, long-term recovery corporation president, said in a written statement. "In all, over $1 million was spent on infrastructure, including the subsidizing of Nicor’s extension of gas service to the community, the installation of a Wi-Fi tower, ditch repairs, storm sewer improvements and the paving of the community streets.

“Thanks to many large and small private donors,” Turner said, "the recovery of Fairdale and outlying areas affected by the tornado has exceeded expectations. And through this generosity and creation of the Fairdale Community Fund, financial support for this infrastructure will be there when it’s needed."

To date, more than 300 funds are managed by the DeKalb County Community Foundation that benefit the greater DeKalb County community. To contribute to the Fairdale Community Fund or to discuss charitable interests of your own, contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or dan@dekalbccf.org.

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