Archives for December 2013


Since becoming Mayor in October, in addition to budget preparation and the disaster declaration due to power outages, recent activities include meeting with Festival Fairbanks and the Public Works Department to discuss the Chena River Walk; meetings of the Interior Alaska Natural Gas Utilities and with the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation; meeting with Consul Jeon from the Republic of Korea to discuss economic development and other issues; meetings with the Downtown Association and Police and Fire Departments to discuss the transportation and care of incapacitated persons; and meeting with the Senators and Representatives of our Interior Delegation regarding City of Fairbanks capital requests.

Internally, I meet with Department Heads to discuss issues and needs the City faces. We passed our budget for 2014. Improved public safety is my top priority. The budget added three part time Public Safety Assistants to perform administrative tasks, thereby freeing up officers to spend more time to assist and protect the public. A new part time call-taker position at the Police Department will help ensure that the customer service window is staffed at all times during normal business hours. I have discussed with Superintendent Lewis keeping School Resource Officers at Lathrop and West Valley. I have asked staff to research grants with that goal.

I voted to keep three firefighters originally hired under a grant. The Public Works Department will gain an equipment operator and an administrative clerk. We allocated additional money for emergency service patrol coverage, to assist with incapacitated persons. I am seeking support from the Borough Assembly to expand this service, thereby freeing up police officers and firefighters to focus on their core missions.

With the sad loss of my friend and colleague, Patrick Cole, I had to take on negotiating new collective bargaining agreements with both the Public Safety Employees Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Energy costs in our community are of great concern and are hurting us all. I attend meetings with other entities actively seeking solutions to this crisis and trying to move rapidly toward getting the gas trucking project in place.

I seek ways to increase efficiencies and stretch our dollars farther. To that end I participate in Intergovernmental Support Agreement meetings to determine how the different government agencies can work together more efficiently by sharing resources, purchasing jointly, etc. We kept the F16s and we are working to bring the F35s, Grey Eagle project and FAA test site to our community. Despite the challenges, we are faring well. If we work together we can make our community even better.

It was an honor to be selected to attend Newly Elected Mayors’ Training at Harvard University earlier this month. It was the first time in the 40 years of the program that a mayor from Alaska attended. Fairbanks was the smallest community represented among two dozen mayors. Some of the concepts and practices gleaned from that training that I plan to test include looking at activity based budgeting and using data and metrics to better measure department performance. I have started an employee and citizen suggestion program to tell us how we can do better.

The creation of a Diversity Council is a priority of mine. I hope to have that in place in the next two months. City Departments will report on their diversity outreach efforts in employment practices. City staff will be asked to attend cultural awareness and diversity Eberhart - Harvardtraining. I will work with staff to see how we can acknowledge Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, perhaps through a day of service in our community by City employees. I am also exploring work-study and intern opportunities for high school and college students in our departments.

There is good reason to be optimistic in 2014. Thank you, Fairbanksans, for this opportunity to serve you. I wish you health, prosperity, and peace. Happy holidays. John Eberhart, Mayor.

Latinos Unidos del Norte Scholars Recognition

IMG_1784Latinos Unidos del Norte and the Fairbanks Latino Education Network held the “Scholars Recognition” celebration in Council Chambers at City Hall today. Scholarship recipient Tayde Mendez-Pena was recognized and is enrolled in the Nursing program at the Community & Technical College, UAF. Also recognized was Sindy Stephanie Mendez-Espino, Continuing Education Scholarship Elementary Education, College of Education at UAF.   Mayor Eberhart was recognized for his commitment to diversity in the community.
Photo, left to right: Speaker, Ivette Fernandez, Director-Community Affairs, Corporate Diversity at News Corporation, NY, Chris Anderson-City Council Member, Mayor Eberhart-City of Fairbanks, and Gloria Ferndandez, local business owner and mother of Ivette Ferndandez. Also present but not pictured is Ivette’s father, Antonio Fernandez.

Garbage Collection On Holidays

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If your regular collection day falls on a City holiday, the collection day will be the following business day. For example, if your collection day is Monday and Monday happens to be a holiday, your garbage will be collected on Tuesday.

Press Release: City Core Crew


This winter the City Public Works Department is starting a focused routine maintenance effort in the historic downtown business district. During winter months crews will perform snow removal every Wednesday night between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Work will focus on Barnette to Noble Streets and 1st through 5th Avenues, including Wickersham and 2nd and 3rd Avenues to Cowles Street. Winter maintenance will consist primarily of snow removal from streets, sidewalks, curb faces and corner ramps to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists. During summer months our crews will continue a weekly maintenance effort that will consist of street and sidewalk sweeping and garbage collection.

The historic downtown presents a challenge in that much of the available parking is curb side within the public right-of-way, which is not the case in other retail areas where parking is restricted to surface lots. By performing this work routinely on Wednesday nights we hope that over time downtown residents and business owners will anticipate that Wednesday evenings vehicles cannot be parked in the street, allowing our crews to effectively remove snow.

Last year the City unveiled a new articulated tractor specially made for sidewalk maintenance. The small orange tractor is only 42 inches at the widest dimension and can turn a very tight ninety-degree turn along sidewalks at street corners. The equipment can be equipped with either a blade or broom depending on the snow conditions, including an attachment to spread sand. The equipment was purchased with grant funding obtained through the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS).

Contact: Mike Schmetzer, Public Works Director,, 907.590.3701


Citizen Request

If you would like to place a request or file a complaint with the City of Fairbanks, please complete our Tell it to City Hall form and return the form to the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 800 Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK, 99701 or email it to

UNOFFICIAL Hotel/Motel Discretionary Fund Grant Distribution

The City’s Hotel Motel Discretionary Fund Committee met on December 13 to announce the UNOFFICIAL grant allocations of the 2013 Discretionary Fund.  The funds will be disbursed in 2014 upon approval by the Fairbanks City Council.

UNOFFICIAL Grant Distribution

2011 Council Meetings

12-12-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
12-05-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
11-21-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
11-14-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
10-24-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
10-10-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
09-19-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
09-12-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
08-22-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
08-08-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
07-25-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
07-18-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
06-27-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
06-06-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
05-23-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
05-09-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
04-25-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
04-11-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
03-21-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
03-07-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
02-28-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
02-14-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
01-24-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes
01-10-11  Regular Council Meeting  |  Agenda  |  Audio  |  Actions  |  Minutes

Council Action Notice – 12/09/13

The following link contains the Council Action Notice from the Regular City Council Meeting of December 9, 2013.

Council Action Notice – 12/09/13

Council Agenda Packet – 12/09/13

The following link contains the Council Agenda Packet for the Regular City Council Meeting of December 9, 2013.

Council Agenda Packet – 12/09/13

Council Action Notice – 12/02/13

The following link contains the Council Action Notice from the Regular City Council Meeting of December 2, 2013.

Council Action Notice – 12/02/13