Kara Hildreth / contributor
Farmington Rotary Club's Ramble Jam is building a reputation as the place for up-and-coming country music musicians in an outdoor venue. Each year Ramble Jam promises to deliver live music with bands who satisfy the soul. The festival is for all who love country music and even a few who may be on the fence and may like a little country and a little rock 'n' roll. Farmington Rotarian Lori Jensen, fundraising chair for Ramble Jam, said this year all the hard work paid off. The club will be ready to give back to local groups and fund local scholarships.
When Farmington School District was looking to hire a new operations director, the career opportunity intrigued Dan Miller. "It very much intrigued me because I grew up doing construction work with my Dad and that is what he did, commercial construction," Miller said. Miller learned about the building trades and construction projects during the summer months and on school breaks.
Living with the nickname "Miracle Baby," Michael Field is a happy teenager who gladly shares all the details from his Dream Come True trip to New York City and Philadelphia. Field, 16, of Farmington was awarded a Dream Come True Trip from the Sunshine Foundation this summer. Michael said he will always remember this family trip.
School begins for area students.
The Farmington City Council voted last month to eliminate licensing requirements from the city's code. Adam Kienberger, city community development director, spoke Aug. 21 of the de-regulation and how city staff want to work on ways to help small business and attract new businesses to the city. "As part of an ongoing effort to support local businesses and reduce unnecessary regulation, the staff is proposing to eliminate some licensing requirements in the city code," Kienberger said. The change eliminates a requirement for a gaming device license.
Regetta Fields will be a new housing development on farmland off Flagstaff Avenue near Farmington High School. The Farmington City Council approved the preliminary and final plat for Tim Giles of Giles Properties, Inc., to build the new housing development at the Aug. 21 council meeting. The farmland property owner is Richard Sayers. The development will be located off Highway 50 and Flagstaff Avenue. The housing development will eventually include 61 lots on 24 acres. The agricultural land is surrounded by clusters of residential properties.
Farmington Mall shops curb appeal and is busy marketing renovated commercial space to lease in the newly-renovated strip mall. "I want it to be vibrant and successful and I hope people will come through and help us make it a vibrant property — a gem of Farmington," said Rafik Moore, managing partner of Caspian Group that purchased the Farmington Mall in March. "We welcome any business owners and we want them to be successful," Rafik said. "We revitalize properties and that is how we give back to the community," he added.
A neighborhood designed with a rural aesthetic appeal will soon crop up in Farmington. The new development will be marketed as a place to build a dream home within a neighborhood designed toward a more agrarian, country lifestyle. Fairhill Estate at North Creek will build at the southwest intersection of Highway 3 and 190th Street West in Farmington. Empire Township is to the south. The Farmington City Council heard and approved the preliminary plan and PUD amendment at the Aug. 21 regular council meeting. Rural aesthetic
Farmington's outdoor city pool is closed for the season and will not reopen next summer. The city pool opened in 1971 and completed its 47th season, well beyond the normal life expectancy for an outdoor pool that is 30 to 35 years. "Attendance numbers at the pool continue to decline, resulting in decreased revenue from user fees to cover the pool's operation and maintenance costs and an increase in the amount needed to subsidize the cost of pool operations and maintenance," said Randy Distad, director of city parks and recreation.
Aldi grocery store may build a new storefront at Vermillion River Crossings commercial development in Farmington. Farmington Mayor Todd Larson said Aldi grocery chain is looking to buy land and build a new storefront location in Vermillion River Crossings located off Highway 50. This commercial development deal has been in the works for a while, Larson said. Developers have been working with city staff to build in the open commercial land that has been for sale for years.