City of Fisk

  • Pop: 342
  • Mayor: John Murray
  • Education: Elementary School
    Middle School
  • Healthcare: Nearest hospitals - 12 mi. in Dexter
    12 mi. in Poplar Bluff
  • Recreation: Lake Wappapello:
    camping,
    fishing,
    hiking,
    boating,
    swimming,
    water skiing

The City of Fisk is located on State Highway 60 in Butler County. Two volunteer firemen protect the residents of this fourth-class city. City offices are housed at 508 Garfield Street, where the four-member city council meets. The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission coordinates economic development for Fisk.

Mayor John Murray reports that, according to the 2010 census, the city has a population of 342. Of those residents, 274 are over 18-years-old, and 68 are younger than 18.

Per capita income for Butler County is $19,291. The unemployment rate of Butler County in 2015 was 9.4 percent, with an available workforce of 19,149. Only 1,792 people in Butler County are unemployed, with 17,340 having gainful employment. The average hourly wage for the county, as of 2015, was $14.90 per.

The city is the proud home of L&M Manufacturing, a metal specialty items company. Other major employers in the county are Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, with 1,200 employees; Briggs & Stratton Corporation, which employs 760 to manufacture internal combustion engines; Gates Rubber Company, whose 550 employees manufacture radiator hoses; Wal-Mart  and 580 V.A. Medical Center employees.

Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Poplar Bluff, MO, provides electric power for Fisk, and AmerenUE, from St. Louis, is the city's natural gas provider. AT&T, of Sullivan, is the local telephone service provider. Internet service is available through AT&T. The City of Fisk provides both sewer and water services for its residents. The city's ground well has a capacity of 50,000 gallons per day seeing peak consumption of 30,000 gallons per day. Fisk's sewage lagoon has an overall capacity of 91,000 gallons.

Residents of Fisk travel either to Poplar Bluff or Dexter for medical services. The nearest hospitals are The Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff or Dexter Memorial Hospital in Dexter. Both are approximately 14 miles from Fisk.

Fisk students stay in town for their education from elementary to high school. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff and boasts an annual enrollment of 4,500. Poplar Bluff Area Technical Career Center is a popular choice for area youngsters. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2017, enrollment for the university was 3,226 students.

Residents of Fisk travel U.S. Highway 60 and State Highway 51. The nearest four-lane highway is only one-half mile away and it is only 45 miles to the nearest interstate: I-55. Amtrak service is available in nearby Poplar Bluff.

Poplar Bluff Municipal Airport, located eight miles away, is the nearest public airport. It has a 5,007-foot paved and lighted runway. Private aircraft storage and aviation fuel are available. The nearest commercial airport is Cape Girardeau Regional Airport in Cape Girardeau, MO, 70 miles away.

First Missouri State Bank is located in the city. In nearby communities, other financial institutions include: Regions Bank, Commerce Bank, First Community Bank, U.S Bank, and First Midwest Bank. Residents receive one daily newspaper and cable TV service is available within the city limits. The Fisk Nutrition Center, Civic Center, and the City Park are also enjoyed by young and old.

Lake Wappapello is the nearest public access lake and Black River the nearest public access river. Visitors can camp, fish, hike, boat, swim and water ski. Average temperatures for the area range from 46 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 71 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The average annual precipitation is 46 inches.

The city is represented in the State House of Representatives by 153rd District Steve Cookson (R) and in the state senate by Doug Libla (R) of the 25th District.  U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Fisk in the Eighth Congressional District.