Press Conference: City and Alaska Native Leadership Seek Answers for the Family of John Wallis

Mayor Eberhart held a joint Press Conference on Monday to notify the community of the actions the City of Fairbanks has taken in seeking answers for the family of John Wallis. Sharon McConnell of Denakkanaaga, Shirley Lee of the Alaska Native Justice Task Force, Steve Ginnis of Fairbanks Native Association, and Will Mayo of Tanana Chiefs Conference appealed for more information. If you have information about the death of Mr. Wallis in January of 2013, please contact the Mayor at 459-6793. Thank you.

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Mayors Note: October 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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Council Agenda Packet – 10/20/14

To view the Council Agenda Packet for the Regular Meeting of October 20, 2014, click the below link:

Agenda Packet 10-20-2014(PDF)

Welcome Andrew Davenport to the City of Fairbanks

Please help us welcome our new employee, Andrew Davenport, to the City of Fairbanks. Andy is an equipment mechanic at our Public Works Department. He has been a temp employee since May 5, 2014 and became a permanent employee on September 1, 2014. “I grew up in Salcha, Alaska attending Salcha Elementary School until 1993 then finishing up my years at Ben Eielson High. After graduation, I traveled to Wyoming for a year at Wyotech where I earned a program diploma for automotive/diesel/fabrication and high performance engine building (just in case). I returned to Alaska after school and worked numerous jobs on the north slope before spending a long stay with Alyeska. A growing family and home life left me wanting for a position involving a little less travel. I enjoy all the staple Alaskan activities such as hunting, fishing, traveling the local rivers and spending quality time with my wife, scrambling around after our kids.”

ANDREW

Council Action Notice – 08/25/14

To view the Council Action from the Regular Meeting of August 25, 2014 click the below link:

Council Action Notice – 08/25/2014

Daughter & Granddaughter of Gene Jones Visit

008 (2)City Hall is fortunate to have the Jean Lester paintings “Faces of Alaska” displayed in our building. This past Friday, Renee Jones, daughter of Gene Jones (portrayed in the painting) and her daughter, LaMonee Patterson, came to City Hall to see the painting of Gene. The two ladies are visiting from Las Vegas and brought the late Mr. Jones’ ashes home to Fairbanks.

Thank you for coming to see the paintings, Renee and LaMonee. Next time you come they will be displayed upstairs where they will be accessible to all.

Sister City Visitors at Pedro Monument Rededication

002The Sister City relationship between Fanano, Italy, and Fairbanks, Alaska, was established to honor the birthplace of Felix Pedro (in Italian “Felice Pedroni”), in 2002. Pedro’s discovery of gold on July 22, 1902, launched a series of events that helped establish Fairbanks. Since 2002 there have been regular exchanges between our two cities. This year Festival Fairbanks hosted five visitors from Italy including the Great Grand Nephew of Felix Pedro, Adriano Pedroni.

Festivities included the Felix Pedro Monument Rededication Ceremony hosted by the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo #4.

Pictured are several of the visitors from Italy, Mayor Eberhart, and Adriano Pedroni (next to the floral arrangement), great-grand-nephew of Felix Pedro. Photo courtesy of Julie Jones, Festival Fairbanks. Amber

Press Release: Mayor Eberhart Attends Mayors’ Institute on City Design

MICD 59 (2)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2014

MAYOR EBERHART ATTENDS MAYORS’ INSTITUTE ON CITY DESIGN

Mayor John Eberhart attended a June National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD). MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation. MICD is the preeminent forum for mayors to address urban planning, design challenges, and development issues. The MICD session was held in Louisville, Kentucky, and only eight mayors from across the nation were invited to participate with the Mayor of Louisville. Mayor Eberhart attended with the following mayors: Mayor Greg Fischer (Host), Louisville, Kentucky; Mayor Rusty Bailey, Riverside, California; Mayor John Curtis, Provo, Utah; Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mayor George Wallace, Hampton, Virginia; Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester, New York; and Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton, Ohio. This was the first time in the nearly 30 years of MICD National Sessions that the Fairbanks Mayor attended and Fairbanks was the smallest city represented.

Mayor Eberhart first sought local input and then met with City staff to identify potential areas and issues in our community in need of improvement. Areas and issues considered included:

An attractive, safe, and economically vibrant Fairbanks
Walkability year round, safe, and pleasant downtown core
Vibrant downtown retail core
Affordable housing for young professionals in the downtown core
Historic and cultural retail district and/or pedestrian mall
Revitalization and/or repurposing of empty and underutilized structures

The Executive Director from MICD, Trinity Simons, came to Fairbanks in May to meet with Mayor Eberhart and City engineers, and look at the community’s challenges, successes, and opportunities. Ms. Simons then suggested a presentation focusing on the area from Pioneer Park to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, including downtown. In Louisville, Mayor Eberhart made his presentation to design, architecture and real estate development experts on our diverse economy and issues our city faces. Questions were posed to specialists on where growth efforts should be targeted, how to enhance tourism, how to expand the downtown retail corridor, and best use practices from other communities.

City design experts also gave presentations on topics chosen to address the case studies presented by the mayors, followed by roundtable discussions. The presentation offered a rare opportunity for the mayors and experts to discuss these issues candidly and to explore solutions. The final report and findings from MICD in response to Mayor Eberhart’s presentation is expected soon.

Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us, 459-6793
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The City Welcomes a new Human Resource Director

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Barbara Sunday brings robust human resources experience with her and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Barbara most recently worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference (since 2009), and Fairbanks Native Association before that. Barbara has the advantage of working with hugely diverse populations and cultures as an US Air Force dependent, and moved every three years for most of her life until she landed here in Fairbanks in 1981 with the US Army.