Photo: Mayor John Eberhart, Public Works Director/Head Engineer Mike Schmetzer, with Jerry Colp and Myrna Colp.
Mayor Eberhart continues to make his priority communication and transparency. One of the ways we strive toward this goal is through publication of a monthly newsletter covering topics and issues the City of Fairbanks is involved in. We hope you enjoy the January edition of the Mayor’s Note newsletter and would appreciate your input at any time: 459-6793. Mayors note (PDF)
2014 has given me an opportunity to see the work of the City employees in depth and I am very impressed with their professionalism and commitment to the citizens of our community. Time and again City staff goes above and beyond in service to others, as evidenced by an occurrence within the past few days: 22 residents of a local motel were displaced late in the afternoon when the power was turned off and the building lost heat. Our Fairbanks Fire Department staff worked with the Red Cross to ensure that all of the people found temporary housing, and stayed several hours until everyone was taken care of. Another instance occurred this summer when the Fairbanks Police Department used every means available during the stand-off on Chena Pump Road to avoid harm to a suicidal person. These are just a few examples of the outstanding service to others that I see and have come to expect from our employees. I am proud to be part of this amazing team and I thank the employees for their diligence. I also thank the many citizens who have given of their time to provide input so that we may continue to flourish as a community. Sylvia and I hope that 2015 bring health, success, and happiness to you and yours. Mayor John Eberhart
Housing First Fairbanks held their Christmas Party earlier this week, and Director Shirley Lee invited Police Chief Aragon to the event. Chief Aragon invited several officers to the party and a fine time was had by all!
Photo includes: Officer Johnson, Chief Aragon, Officer Hall, and Director Shirley Lee
Tonight, residents will see Fairbanks Police Officers out with members of the community for the “Shop with a Cop” event. Shop with a Cop is a national program that provides children an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their family and themselves. This program was developed to help make the season special for children and their families and give an opportunity for children to develop positive relationships with the law enforcement community.
Children are paired up with a Fairbanks Police Officer and get to go out Christmas shopping. Officers help the children shop for presents and the items are paid for with gift cards donated by sponsors. After the shopping is done the children return to the school to wrap presents (assisted by volunteers), and eat pizza and snacks. Children are nominated for the program by local elementary school counselors.
Sponsors have generously donated funds that allow each child a $100 gift card to spend at Fred Meyer. Sponsors and volunteers include the Langston Family Foundation, Fred Meyer, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Counseling Department at Lathrop High School, Odom Corporation, Mt McKinley Animal Hospital, North Pole Coffee Roasting and the Fairbanks Police Department. Many community volunteers also help with the event.
This is the fourth year for the Shop with a Cop event in Fairbanks.
One of our great employees has taken on a new role! Effective January 1, 2015, Shannon Kumpula will begin work as the Compliance, Purchasing and Risk Manager.
Shannon has been working for the City of Fairbanks since June 1, 2011 as an Accounting Specialist for Payroll and Benefits in the Finance Department. Shannon brings a background in accounting and business management, as well as a strong sense of corporate compliance auditing.
Photo: Shannon Kumpula and Mayor John Eberhart
Emergency Service Patrol. The expansion of this service to encompass more area over increased hours has had a significantly beneficial impact on the community and emergency responders. This is a mandated service that protects a vulnerable population in our community.
Ambulance Replacement & Cardiac Equipment Upgrades. This would allow the Fairbanks Fire Department to take a 2003 ambulance off of first line response and purchase a new ambulance with needed cardiac equipment.
Information Technology (IT) Disaster Recovery Site. The IT Department would like to create a back up site for our information and possibly even information for the State of Alaska too!
Police Department Evidence Facility. The current secondary evidence building houses large items, such as vehicles and archived records. The building is over 50 years old and is in need of replacement.
Fire Station 3 Emergency Management Storage. Larger pieces of equipment are stored outside and the weather elements make it hard on equipment.
Next step is to meet with the Legislators again in in the late Winter/Early Spring and see if the City of Fairbanks can garner funding toward these projects.
Fairbanks Chief of Police Randall Aragon was sworn in Monday night at the City Council meeting by City Clerk Janey Hovenden. Mayor Eberhart introduced and welcomed Chief Aragon. Chief Aragon will be very involved in the community and his expertise will serve our community well.
Captain Tom Monicken received a “Life Saving Award” for the rescue of a person who was in danger of plummeting from a building last year. The City of Fairbanks is proud to have heroes like Tom on our team!
Left to right: Battalion Chief Rowdy Stowell, Captain Tom Monicken, and Mayor John Eberhart. Photo: Amber Courtney
Fairbanks Chief of Police Randall Aragon was sworn in last night at the City Council meeting by City Clerk Janey Hovenden. Mayor Eberhart introduced and welcomed Chief Aragon. Chief Aragon will be very involved in the community and his expertise will serve our community well.