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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Welcome Alicia Giamichael!

Congratulations to Alicia Giamichael : Our new FMATS Transportation Planner!

Welcome, Alicia! Alicia began employment on Wednesday, April 1, with the City of Fairbanks.

I am from Central New York where I grew up and attended SUNY ESF. I have my Associate’s Degree in Forest Technology from the Ranger School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Ecosystems Science. After graduating, I worked as an Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator for Marietta Corporation up until moving to Alaska in August 2014. I enjoy taking pictures while going on nature walks, music, and coffee!

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Welcome Angela Snow!

Congratulations to Angela Snow :  Our New Human Resources Director!

Welcome, Angela!   Angela began employment on Wednesday, April 1, with the City of Fairbanks.

Angela has nearly 20 years of experience managing and supervising staff.  Since she moved to Alaska 10 years ago, Angela has been working for Fairbanks Native Association.  As the Director of Early Head Start Services for 6 years she supervised and supported up to 45 staff.  Most recently Angela was the Director of Planning and Development, of which duties included supervising all of the 80+ staff that are under the Head Start 0-5 umbrella, and maintaining and writing  funding proposals for FNA Senior Management.  During her tenure, Angela secured over 4 million dollars in additional annual funding.

Prior to moving to Alaska, Angela also worked in management with the South Eastern Idaho Community Action Agency as the Director of Housing and Children’s Services.

Angela Is excited to accept the challenge of the role of Human Resources Director for the City of Fairbanks.

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Mayors Note: March Edition

Mayor Eberhart continues to make communication with you his priority. One of the ways we can accomplish this is by providing a monthly newsletter covering topics and events the City is involved in. We hope you find this helpful and informative and would appreciate your comments and thoughts anytime at 907.459.6793.Thank you, Amber.

 

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Mayor Note: February Edition

Mayor Eberhart continues to make communication with you his priority. One of the ways we can accomplish this is by providing a monthly newsletter covering topics and events the City is involved in. We hope you find this helpful and informative and would appreciate your comments and thoughts anytime at 907.459.6793.Thank you, Amber.

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Introduction to Two New Employees:

We are proud to introduce our two newest employees, Robert Carlson and Janelle Hoffman. Robert and Janelle are Operators and both began fulltime permanent employment with the City of Fairbanks on December 16, 2014.
Robert was born and raised in Oregon and began in the construction industry right after high school. After working on one of his first jobs, building heavy-duty logging and construction equipment, Robert decided he would rather be working as an operator the equipment instead of building and modifying it. It was more fun to play with when it was done!

25 years later, Robert is still enjoying playing in the dirt and the snow on his big toys. In 2000, Robert and his wife, Lynn, moved to Fairbanks. Robert joined the Local 302, and has worked various jobs across Alaska, from Prudhoe Bay to local contractors specializing in paving. After being a temporary employee for the City of Fairbanks for over 8 seasons, Robert accepted a full time position.

Robert has a daughter, Chelsea, who is currently in college in Oregon. He enjoys fishing, hunting and snow machining, and restoring his 1965 Mustang convertible in his off time. This year, he plans to start his racing career with his Legend coupe at the North Pole Speedway.

Janelle is a lifelong Alaskan. She grew up operating equipment for her father, Russ Hoffman. Janelle proudly joined the Local 302 as a journeyman in 2000. She enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with her four awesome children. Janelle said “I am very excited to be working for Public Works as I will be able to spend more time with my children.”
Welcome Robert and Janelle.

Photo: Robert Carlson, Janelle Hoffman, and Mayor John Eberhart.

 

Mayor’s Note Newsletter: January Edition

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)

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City Representatives Meet with Interior Delegates

Earlier this week, Mayor Eberhart, City Council Members, and Departments Heads met with the Interior Delegates of the Alaska State Legislature to discuss funding requests. Projects the City of Fairbanks would like to move forward with include the following items:
Fuel Storage Tank Replacements and Upgrades. This project would replace aging fuel storage tanks and allow for expansion of fuel storage capacity so that the City has at least 10 days worth of fuel or emergency vehicles and heavy equipment in the event of an emergency.Local Road Reconstruction. This summer’s rainfall made maintenance of 30+ year old roads difficult at best.

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.

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Mayors Note: December Edition

Mayor Eberhart continues to make communication with you his priority. One of the ways we can accomplish this is by providing a monthly newsletter covering topics and events the City is involved in. We hope you find this helpful and informative and would appreciate your comments and thoughts anytime at 907.459.6793.Thank you, Amber.

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