On May 20, Bill Fahrney filed for a Sartell City Council seat to be determined in the Nov. 4 election.
Bill and Jean Fahrney moved to Minnesota from Wellsville, N.Y. in April 1974 where he served on the planning board and board of trustees as director of public works. The Fahrneys moved to the Watab Springs subdivision in Sartell in March 2014 from Watab Acres subdivision in Collegeville Township where he served on the Collegeville Township Planning Board and as a supervisor.
Fahrney was employed in Minnesota with Electric Machinery/Turbodyne/Brown Boveri as construction manager for turbine-generator electric-power plants similar to the one that is currently being dismantled at the Verso Paper mill. He organized the building of churches with Miller Co. and Shingobee Builders.
As a consultant with the St. Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership, he led a team of local leaders to start airline service with Mesaba/Northwest in 1993 between St. Cloud and Minneapolis airports that ceased operation in 2009 when the Delta merger happened.
As a graduate and registered civil engineer, Fahrney’s passion is to advocate for government-transportation investments, especially for local roads. As a founding member of the Central Transportation Alliance, he has traveled to the capitols in St. Paul and Washington to lobby solutions for regional needs.
Currently, he serves as a marketplace chaplain to area employers and attends Avon Community Church. He has traveled to Africa, Guatemala and Russia on various mission projects.
Fahrney is a founding member of the Avon Hills Initiative and volunteers as a monitor of properties for the Minnesota Land Trust.
The Fahrneys have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.
Fahrney said he believes the City of Sartell is the local leader of investment and success in local government in central Minnesota. He said he believes he can contribute even greater visions to that success by serving on the Sartell City Council to help all residents thrive here doing what they do best.