New Employee: Dee Antesberger – Finance

IMG_0979 (2)Welcome to Dee Antesberger! Dee started employment with the City of Fairbanks this Monday in the Finance Department. Dee came to Alaska in 1991 and has made it through 22 winters. She has four children and stays busy following their wrestling and football activities. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is and will always be a Steelers fan! She enjoys being with family, Bible study, fishing and camping. (Amber)

FMATS 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan

FMATS

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update

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Do you drive, walk, bike, or use transit in Fairbanks, North Pole, or the surrounding area? Of

course you do! So your Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System would like your feedback

on transportation areas that could be improved. To help collect your comments, questions, and

concerns FMATS has created an Interactive Map. This map allows you to double click on a specific

location in the FMATS region and leave your feedback. Topics for specific comments include:

bicycles, pedestrians, public transportation, safety, streets and highways, and truck or freight.

 

Public comments will be used to inform the FMATS 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update. This

25 year plan sets out the goals FMATS will strive to achieve through funding, project planning, and

construction. Your input is critical in making Fairbanks, North Pole, and the surrounding region

safe and efficient for all users.

 

For more information check out fmats.us or to leave a comment visit http://maps.kittelson.com/fmats2040mtp

CONTACT: DONNA GARDINO, FMATS MPO COORDINATOR 459-6786 OR donna.gardino@fmats.us

 

Mayor’s Note: March 2014 – Vol 1 Issue 2

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Press Release: Student Work Study Program

IMG_0973PRESS RELEASE

PATRICK B. COLE CITY HALL IMPLEMENTS STUDENT WORK STUDY PROGRAM

Today the City of Fairbanks began a student work study program to allow students from high school to work with various City departments. The first student selected for this program is Jada Anderson of West Valley High School.

Mayor Eberhart stated, “I am excited that the work study program is being started. This will, I am hopeful, give high school students valuable work experience. This opportunity will also give students insight into how government operates. We are looking into expanding the program and affording the opportunity to as many high school students as possible. We hope this experience will help them find work in Fairbanks or interest them in government.”

Jada Anderson is a high school senior who is interested in public relations. With the help of Wendi Graham, a Technical Writing Teacher at West Valley, and Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO at Patrick B. Cole City Hall, Jada was selected for the program and started in her Student Work program today learning public relations skills in the Mayor’s Office.

“I am excited for what this opportunity has to offer me and what doors it will open for me in the future, Jada stated. Jada’s first assignment was to draft a Press Release about the student work study program.

Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us, 907.590.0910

New Employee Update: Two Recruit Firefighters

IMG_0970 (2)Welcome to two new City of Fairbanks Recruit Firefighters! Pictured here, with their training supervisor, Joy Beth Cottle, are Recruit Firefighter Tallan Baumfalk and Recruit Firefighter Hunter Gallien, with Mayor Eberhart.

Tallan was born and raised in Alaska. He joined the fire service inj Fairbanks in 2008. After working for a couple of the area departments he accepted employment with the Fairbanks Fire Department in January. When he’s not at work, Tallan enjoys spending time outdoors and playing with his dogs.

Hunter was born and raised in Alaska as well. He is one of the newest members of the Fairbanks Fire Department. Hunter jointed the fire service because of a desire to serve his community and because fast-paced dynamic nature of the job. When not at work, Hunter enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping.

Proclamation: Multiple Agencies

IMG_0959 (2)Multiple agencies were recognized for their efforts during the large apartment fire in January: City Dispatch, Police, Fire, and Public Works, and mutual aid from Fort Wainwright Fire, University Fire, Steese Volunteer Fire, Chena Goldstream Fire, North Star Fire, and North Pole Fire departments were phenomenal in their response to this emergency. The proclamation below was signed by City Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and Mayor Bryce Ward from North Pole.

WHEREAS, on this day, the Fairbanks community pauses to reflect and recognize public servants whose actions, quick thinking and teamwork saved the lives of 13 people; and

WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 dispatchers, police, fire, and public works staff from the City of Fairbanks, as well as responders from Fort Wainwright Fire and Emergency Services, University Fire Department, Steese Volunteer Fire Department, Chena Goldstream Fire and Rescue, North Star Fire Department, and the North Pole Fire Department responded to a mutual-aid structure fire at a multi-use commercial building and apartment complex located at 3550 Geraghty Street; and

WHEREAS, Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center dispatchers quickly and professionally coordinated mutual-aid and law enforcement efforts; and

WHEREAS, mutual-aid crews consisting of 59 firefighting personnel and apparatus from six fire departments swiftly rendered rescue, fire suppression and containment; and

WHEREAS, fire crews battled heavy fire conditions, smoke, water and extreme snow and cold; and

WHEREAS, Fairbanks Police Department personnel responded to jointly investigate causation; and

WHEREAS, City of Fairbanks public works staff responded by swiftly providing site security, traffic control and emergency thawing of storm drains that mitigated the freezing and contamination hazard potential of the 1.2 million gallons of water used to subdue and contain the fire; and

WHEREAS, exemplary leadership, decisive actions and teamwork led to the saving of 13 lives and the containment of a large and destructive fire:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize the selfless service, teamwork and professionalism of all who responded to the rescue and fire-fighting effort the morning of January 29th, 2014.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.
— with Brenda Turk Geier.

Proclamation: Ben Seibels Public Works

IMG_0956 (2)Ben Siebels from our Public Works Department was honored for his role in working tirelessly to operate equipment to assist on scene at the apartment fire in January.

WHEREAS, on this day, the Fairbanks community pauses to reflect and recognize public servants whose actions, quick thinking and teamwork saved the lives of 13 people; and

WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 dispatchers, police, fire, and public works staff from the City of Fairbanks, as well as responders from Fort Wainwright Fire and Emergency Services, University Fire Department, Steese Volunteer Fire Department, Chena Goldstream Fire and Rescue, North Star Fire Department, and the North Pole Fire Department responded to a mutual-aid structure fire at a multi-use commercial building and apartment complex located at 3550 Geraghty Street; and

WHEREAS, Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center dispatchers quickly and professionally coordinated mutual-aid and law enforcement efforts; and

WHEREAS, mutual-aid crews consisting of 59 firefighting personnel and apparatus from six fire departments swiftly rendered rescue, fire suppression and containment; and

WHEREAS, fire crews battled heavy fire conditions, smoke, water and extreme snow and cold; and

WHEREAS, Fairbanks Police Department personnel responded to jointly investigate causation; and

WHEREAS, City of Fairbanks public works staff responded by swiftly providing site security, traffic control and emergency thawing of storm drains that mitigated the freezing and contamination hazard potential of the 1.2 million gallons of water used to subdue and contain the fire; and

WHEREAS, exemplary leadership, decisive actions and teamwork led to the saving of 13 lives and the containment of a large and destructive fire:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize the selfless service, teamwork and professionalism of all who responded to the rescue and fire-fighting effort the morning of January 29th, 2014.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.
(Amber)

Proclamation: Michell Daku – Red Cross

IMG_0964 (2)Michell Daku, American Red Cross Tanana Valley District Director, was honored at City Hall during Council Meeting on Monday night with a proclamation noting her agencies timely and compassionate assistance to victims of a fire that occurred in January. The proclamations were signed by City Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward.

WHEREAS, on this day, the Fairbanks community pauses to reflect and recognize volunteers in action who, without hesitation rendered compassionate aid and assistance to the Fairbanks community; and

WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 crews from the six fire departments were dispatched to a mutual-aid structure fire at a multi-use commercial building and apartment complex located at 3550 Geraghty Street; and

WHEREAS, mutual-aid crews consisting of 59 firefighting personnel and apparatus from six fire departments swiftly rendered rescue, fire suppression and containment; and

WHEREAS, all housing units were a total loss, displacing more than 50 people; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross, led by Tanana Valley District Director Michell Daku, quickly responded by establishing an emergency shelter, coordinating food and clothing vouchers and coordinating housing placement 17 families:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize the selfless service of the American Red Cross and their important role in the combined mutual-aid response the morning of January 29th, 2014.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.
(Amber)

Proclamation: UAF BC Greg Coon

IMG_0962 (2)Battalion Chief Greg Coon of the University Fire Department was honored at City Hall during Council Meeting on Monday night with a proclamation noting his extraordinary heroism. The proclamations were signed by City Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward.

WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 University Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Coon rescued a family of three small children and two adults from the second story of a burning apartment building; and

WHEREAS, Battalion Chief Coon, by displaying decisive initiative and action is credited with saving the lives of the five family members by using a portable extension ladder to effect rescue through heavy fire conditions, smoke, water and snow; and

WHEREAS, Battalion Chief Coon placed his own safety in jeopardy by taking immediate action in a dangerous situation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize Battalion Chief Greg Coon for his heroic act in service to the citizens of Fairbanks.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.

Arctic Park & Council Subdivisions Improvements Project Neighborhood Meeting Invitation

ArcticThe City of Fairbanks will be reconstructing Kennicott, McCarty, Wild Rose, & 16th Avenues and Ash, Bluebell, & Buttercup Streets this summer, and is hosting a second public meeting for the project on February 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at City Hall (800 Cushman Street, 2nd floor).

During the first public meeting held on December 18, a number of residents expressed interest in improving the on-street parking layout on Kennicott and McCarty Avenues, as well as providing traffic calming measures on Kennicott Avenue. One idea that was brought up during the meeting to accomplish these objectives was to change Kennecott and McCarty Avenues from two-way to one-way traffic between Lathrop and Ash Streets. This proposed alternative would not only provide better opportunity for on-street parking, but also help reduce the number of vehicle accidents from drivers pulling out of parking spaces. The purpose of the second public meeting is to review and discuss this alternative.

If you have any immediate questions or cannot attend the meeting, please contact Jackson Fox by phone at (907) 459-6758 or email jcfox@ci.fairbanks.ak.us. Written comments can also be mailed to: City of Fairbanks, Attn. Jackson Fox, 800 Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701.