Mayor’s Note: Diversity Action Plan Draft

April 17, 2015

 

Fairbanks Diversity Council (FDC) Works on Draft Diversity Action Plan (DAP)

 

Over the past several months, members of the Fairbanks Diversity Council have been working on a Diversity Action Plan (DAP) through the strategic planning process.  Although the DAP is not yet finalized, the group has identified goals for the plan, some of which were mandated by City Ordinance, and many others identified by the group as being primary diversity needs for the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

 

Shortened summaries of some of the goals include:  Reviewing internal processes for recruiting and hiring, securing financial resources to implement the DAP, reviewing internal policies and procedures, providing education and training on diversity, performing community outreach to foster awareness and give a safe venue for expression of diverse outlooks, and to promote diverse and cross-cultural activities to increase community involvement.

 

The FDC members have identified the need to develop four committees in the following areas:  Education and Outreach, Policy and Procedure, Media and Communications, and an Accessibility Committee.  If you are interested in attending the next FDC meeting to learn more, please join us on May 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.  All are welcome!

 

Mayor John Eberhart

 

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Mayor’s Note: Announcement Imminent-F16s and Grey Eagle Project

April 10, 2015

 

 

Recently, the Air Force held three scoping meetings in North Pole, Fairbanks, and Delta Junction, relating to the possible basing of F-35s (stealth fighter jets) at Eielson Air Force Base (EAFB).  A draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) will be completed in the next few months and there will then be a public hearing at which citizens will be able to have their questions answered.

 

Although the F-35s are a huge opportunity for our community, other military issues are also extremely important.  President Putin of Russia is apparently establishing four brigades in the Russian Far East, and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea is extremely volatile and a threat.  As we have known for decades, Alaska’s strategic location is of utmost importance to the United States and the western world.

 

Currently, Eielson Air Force Base is the home of a squadron of F-16 jets, referred to as the Aggressor Squadron.  EAFB is one of only two bases in the United States where Aggressor Squadrons are based.  The F-16s would complement the mission of the F-35s. Accordingly, it is extremely important that we keep the F-16s at EAFB. It is our understanding that Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), has now sent a recommendation to the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, with respect to the F-16s at EAFB, as well as the Grey Eagle project.

 

The Grey Eagle project is an unmanned aircraft systems (drones) project of the United States Army.  Although this is an Army project, there has been discussion of Grey Eagles being flown out of EAFB.

 

It is expected that there will be an announcement on F-16s and the Grey Eagle project by mid-April.  If the Grey Eagle project were to be based here, it would potentially lead to several hundred personnel coming to our community.

 

Mayor John Eberhart

 

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Press Release: Charles “CB” Bettisworth Outstanding Citizen of 2014

PRESS RELEASE

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2015

 City of Fairbanks Proclaims Charles “CB” Bettisworth Outstanding Citizen of 2014

Fairbanks, AK: At the Fairbanks City Council meeting on Monday, April 6, Mayor Eberhart read a City of Fairbanks proclamation heralding Charles “CB” Bettisworth as the Outstanding Citizen of 2014.  Mr. Bettisworth was honored for his dedication to the community and economic development.
Mr. Bettisworth spoke about the need to continue to develop our community and strive for both an aesthetically pleasing and sustainable city.  Mr. Bettisworth received a standing round of applause from attendees.

WHEREAS, Charles “CB” Bettisworth has contributed significantly to our community, not only through his work, but through his personal time and efforts; and

             WHEREAS, those who are fortunate enough to know CB find him to be always warm, welcoming, and gracious in his personal demeanor, and committed, forward-thinking and engaged in his professional interactions; and  

             WHEREAS, CB has generously given of his time and talents in community and economic development throughout the state; and

 WHEREAS, the list of landmark projects CB has designed for our community is a legacy of which we are very proud.  They include: the Christ Lutheran Church addition, Raquetball Club, Frontier Savings and Loan, Tanana Valley Community College, The Center, Pioneer Home Improvements, New Denali Center, Lathrop High School Additions & Renovations, Randy Smith Middle School, Monroe Catholic School Chapel, Boys and Girls Club, Lavelle’s Bistro, Mariott Springhill Suites, Rabinowitz State Courthouse, First Presbyterian Church, Bettisworth North Office, Alaska Railroad Station, Riverwest Condominiums, First National Bank of Alaska, Denali Elementary School, Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, Raven Landing Retirement Community, Carlson Center Improvements, Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, and the Weeks Field Estates; and

             WHEREAS, CB has encouraged communities to embrace solar and other renewables as long-term energy solutions and aspires to always design for sustainability; and

             WHEREAS, CB is a lifelong Fairbanks resident, who has raised a family here and truly appreciates, and is a proponent for, our northern environment, landscapes, people and cultures:

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, by the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim

 Charles “CB” Bettisworth as Outstanding Citizen of 2014

 throughout the City of Fairbanks, and congratulate him on his retirement.   

                         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 6th of April, 2015.

 Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 907.459.6793 abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us

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HACK ATTACK- WE ARE BACK AND SECURE

The City of Fairbanks website was down earlier today due to a hack attack. We’d like to blame it on the recent solar eclipse, but it was actually due to hackers who found our site interesting enough to hack (that makes us one of the cool sites).
IMPORTANT: All payments made through the City of Fairbanks are secure as the payment system was not breached.

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Congratulations to Danyielle Snider: The New Fairbanks City Clerk!

Monday night at City Council Meeting, Danyielle Snider was appointed as the new City Clerk. Danyielle has worked for the City of Fairbanks since April of 2009. She first worked as a Cashier/Typist in the City Clerk’s office. She was soon promoted to Administrative Assistant in the Building Department. In 2011, she returned to the City Clerk’s office and was promoted to Deputy Clerk.
She is excited to accept her new position as City Clerk and has many plans for carrying the City Clerk’s office into the future. One big goal includes digitizing the many documents the City is required to retain, and preserving the original documents in new binding.


Danyielle says she is excited to “dig in and pick up where the former Clerk left off.” She hopes to continue to have a good relationship with the public, providing transparency and excellent customer service.

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PRESS RELEASE: Mahogany Davis Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MAHOGANY DAVIS INVESTIGATION – FAMILY OFFERS REWARD FOR INFORMATION           

     

On May 11, 2002, Mahogany Davis died from injuries inflicted by an unknown attacker.  Shortly after 4:00 a.m. a concerned neighbor called the police after they saw Ms. Davis come out of her apartment.  Police found Ms. Davis outside her apartment and she was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where she died.

 

Unsolved homicides in the City of Fairbanks are never closed until solved, and investigators have continuously followed up on all reported leads, witnesses, and evidence since the time of Ms. Davis’s death. The Fairbanks Police Department has intensified the investigation since December, at the request of Mayor John Eberhart.  Police Chief Aragon has assigned multiple investigators to the case and has also been looking at the available information.  “I have found in past cases that sometimes a new set of eyes will lead to questions or lines of investigation that had not previously been queried,” said Chief Aragon.  “We want this case solved for Mahogany and her family.”

 

Ms. Davis’ family is also asking the public for assistance, and they have put up a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for her death.  The family has started a Go Fund Me page to help raise additional funds for the reward.  The family’s request coincides with the recent reinstatement of the Crime Stoppers hotline program in Fairbanks.

 

People with information about the case can call the Crime Stoppers line at 907.456.CLUE (2853), and those wishing to donate to the Go Fund Me site to raise money for the reward for information can find that page at:  http://www.gofundme.com/Justice-4-Mahogany

Scott Adams, Fairbanks Police Dept. – 907.450.6552 – saadams@ci.fairbanks.ak.us

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Welcome to Our Newest Employee: Paul Dick!

Welcome Paul Dick! Paul was born and raised in Fairbanks. He graduated from Lathrop High School in 1997 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2003. He worked as an Equipment Operator/Shop Lead at UAF since 2005, before being hired at the Fairbanks Police Department as a Recruit Police Officer. Paul enjoys spending time in the outdoors and with family.

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Welcome to our Newest Employee: Jill King!

Welcome Jill King! Jill began employment on Monday with the City of Fairbanks in the Human Resources Department as an Administrative Assistant.

Jill has lived in Alaska since 1990 and in Fairbanks since 1992. Originally from North Dakota and Montana, Jill came to Anchorage in 1990 where she met her husband, Larry. In 1992 she relocated to Fairbanks, where her husband was born and raised and where they have been raising their 11-year-old daughter, Megan. She loves spending time with her family and also enjoys being outdoors berry picking, gardening, and camping. In the winter she loves to read.

Jill has worked as an administrative assistant, purchasing agent, and program technician. She has a B.B.A. in Business Administration and an A.A.S. in Paralegal studies. She was lucky to take time away from the work force to spend time with her daughter, Megan. Jill’s most recent job was at the Fairbanks School District in the Career and Technical Education Department. She is looking forward to her latest adventure working for the City and getting to know her co-workers.

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Goodbye and Congratulations to City Clerk Janey Hovenden:

We were so fortunate to have Janey Hovenden at the City of Fairbanks for the many years that she worked here. Janey anticipated the needs of the residents and Council, was proactive in making changes to make processes more efficient, and was incredibly responsive to requests for help and information. As City Clerk, Janey’s meetings were always organized and top-notch.
Thank you, Janey! We wish you luck in your new endeavors.

Photo: Janey Hovenden received a gold pan from Mayor Eberhart and Council Members, as well as a standing ovation.

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Advocating for the City of Fairbanks in Juneau:

Earlier this week Mayor Eberhart testified on HB105 and the energy needs of our community. Mayor Eberhart is pictured speaking in front of the House Special Committee on Energy in Juneau. Mayor John Eberhart is in the foreground seated next to Mayor Luke Hopkins.

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