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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.
The following link contains the Council Action Notice from the Regular City Council Meeting of December 9, 2013.
City Council Meeting – The following link contains the audio of the City council Meeting that was held on December 9 , 2013.
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The following link contains the Council Agenda Packet for the Regular City Council Meeting of December 9, 2013.
The following link contains the Council Action Notice from the Regular City Council Meeting of December 2, 2013.
The following link contains the Council Agenda Packet for the Regular City Council Meeting of December 2, 2013.
When I decided to run for Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, I did it because I felt we as a community could accomplish more, succeed more, and be more, if we did it together.
Thanks to the voters, I have achieved my first goal: to be in a position to help guide our local government in a direction that brings strength and cohesion to our city and larger community. I have begun to implement strategies that will allow for greater inclusion in the decision-making processes that affect all of us.
I will introduce an Ordinance to establish a Diversity Commission. I have started meeting with leaders who represent diverse cultural and socio-economic groups to discuss what that commission might look like and what it can focus on. I have ensured that vacancies for all City committees and appointed seats are advertised and known to anyone who is interested in applying.
In the current economic environment, it is crucial that we find ways to avoid unnecessary services among the governmental bodies and that we work together to increase efficiencies. Efforts are already moving forward to study Intergovernmental Service Agreements between the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Fort Wainwright, the City of Fairbanks, and other community partners. I fully support the City’s engagement in these efforts. I believe that we can find more ways to increase services to the public while cutting costs and perhaps generating revenue.
Transparency is my benchmark for moving forward to provide citizens with avenues of access to information and communication with City departments. I have an open door policy and I also invite members of our community to attend any of our public meetings and contact me with comments, ideas, or concerns. It will take all of us working together to make our Golden Heart City stronger. We are Stronger Together.
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The following link contains the Council Action from the Regular City Council Meeting of November 25, 2013.
RESOLUTION NO. 4596
A RESOLUTION IN MEMORIAM OF PATRICK B. COLE
WHEREAS, Patrick Cole came to Fairbanks to attend the University of Alaska, graduated in
1972, worked at the Public Library from 1972 to 1978, then returned to school, and graduated from
the University of Idaho School of Law in 1978; and
WHEREAS, Patrick worked as an Assistant Borough Attorney here in Fairbanks from 1978
to 1983, was first employed by the City of Fairbanks in 1983 and subsequently worked at the City
over the next 30 years as Deputy City Attorney, Deputy City Manager/Attorney, City Manager,
Administrative Services Director, and finally as Chief of Staff; and
WHEREAS, Patrick was a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s
Recruiting Roundtable, an arbitrator with the Alaska Bar Association’s Fee Dispute Panel, was the
Vice Chair of the AML/JIA Board of Trustees, served on the AML’s Legislative Revenue & Finance
WHEREAS, Patrick was widely known for his expertise in labor issues, made presentations
to the Alaska Municipal Managers Association on his innovative and progressive approach to
collective bargaining, and worked with other municipalities on a unified and balanced approach to
employee compensation, all of which earned him the Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership
Award in 2012; and
WHEREAS, Patrick’s hard work here in Fairbanks and statewide often went unrecognized,
in large part because of his style. Never one to draw attention to himself, Patrick was more likely to
credit and praise others or to emphasize that a project was a group effort; and
WHEREAS, Patrick was an advisor to not only mayors and commissioners, he was an
advisor and confidante to coworkers and friends, always giving people who sought his advice his
sincerest consideration; and
WHEREAS, Pat was kind, diplomatic, compassionate, just, patient, and wonderfully amiable
and will long be remembered for his kindness and willingness to help others; and
WHEREAS, Pat was a friend to many and will be deeply missed by his family, co-workers,
and the community he served.
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NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
Mr. Cole’s vigilance and devotion to our community and his profession,
as well as his kindness, are, and will be, a lasting example to the City
That the City Council extends its deepest appreciation to the Cole family
for sharing Patrick with the City and its residents, and offers its deepest
sympathy for the loss of such a good and thoughtful man.
PASSED AND APPROVED this 25th day of November 2013.