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Fairmont 101 Course Receives Enrichment Award

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Fairmont residents have had several opportunities since April to learn more about the local government.

Fairmont 101 allows residents to learn the roles and responsibilities of the Fairmont government by asking questions and receiving answers.

It's modeled after a program used in Decatur, Georgia.

Each class highlights a different topic, including budget and finance, public safety, utilities, public works and quality of life.

The class has heard from local law enforcement, the fire department, the city clerk, utility manager, and other city officials.

The course recently received an All-Star Community Award for Enrichment from the West Virginia Municipal League.

The award is given to cities that bring its residents something it hasn't seen before while enriching it at the same time.

In April, Fairmont City Manager Jay Rogers said about 30 people are enrolled in the two classes. He expects the number to continue to grow.

Rogers also said he hopes Fairmont 101 will not only educate but also give the city's department managers some valuable feedback.

The classes are scheduled until the end of November, and Fairmont officials said they expect to continue the classes in 2014.

For additional information on the Fairmont 101 classes, click on the link.