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.

Check back soon to see citizen and employee suggestions and the Mayor’s comments.

http://www.fairbanksalaska.us/8982907/

Healthcare

EMPLOYEE REQUEST: Could the City negotiate an agreement with TCC / Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center to help reduce the cost of employee healthcare?

Please check back soon to see the Mayor’s answer to this request.

Employee: Fire Chief Warren Cummings

102113 103City of Fairbanks Fire Chief Warren Cummings has been with Fairbanks Fire Department since 1972 and in charge of the Department since 1993. He is responsible for the 6 million dollar annual budget as well as 44 full time employees. During his tenure, the Fire Department has seen over 14 million dollars in capital improvements including construction of a new fire station. Chief Cummings has served in various officer positions in both the Alaska Fire Chiefs and the Western Fire Chiefs Associations (a 10 state region). He also is very active in the community and serves on the Moose International Supreme Council headquartered in Mooseheart, Illinois. Here, Chief Cummings is seen with his award for Interior Fire Chiefs Association Fire Chief of the Year. He is also a breast cancer survivor.
Photo: Amber Courtney

Code Enforcement for Littering

CITIZEN COMMENT: There is little enforcement of parking violations for the residential area of Fairbanks. Priority is given to the business district. Additionally, there are excessive violations of residential garbage pick-up, e.g., canisters w/o lids that result in rubbish scattered on the street by birds. I understand it is costly to enforce these violations when police are preoccupied with more severe matters: DV, theft, drugs. I would like to suggest a correctable/alternative pay option for the parking violation and waste storage violation. It would be like the seatbelt law that allows the offender to pay via donation to emergency services. If you violate the parking ordinance Sec. 78-391 or others, you could be given a community service option of snow shoveling 5 residential hydrants, picking up garbage left behind by the city works due to residential mis-storage. My suggestion is to help attend to multiple residential needs that the city can’t tend to due to lack of resources.

Please check back soon to see the Mayor’s answer to this request.

Upgraded Physical Fitness Facilities

EMPLOYEE REQUEST: Would it be possible for employees who work at City Hall and Public Works to utilize Police or Fire’s physical fitness equipment? The “gym” in the basement of City Hall is dilapidated by comparison, with ancient and broken equipment. If Police and Fire are not willing to grant access to regular employees, would it be possible to move one of the facilities to City Hall?

Please check back soon to see the Mayor’s answer to this request.

Water Fountain Upgrades

EMPLOYEE REQUEST: Please investigate replacing the City’s existing water fountains with ones that include a water bottle refill station. One per floor in every City facility would be nice. http://www.elkaypro.com/commercial/bottle-filling-stations/lzs8wsvrs3k

Please check back soon to see the Mayor’s answer to this request.

Press Release: New Chief of Staff Starts Work

IMG_0945James “Jim” Williams began employment yesterday, February 3, 2014, as the Chief of Staff for the City of Fairbanks.

Mayor Eberhart stated, “Jim is an articulate, thoughtful leader. He is intelligent, experienced and diplomatic. He relates extremely well with all people. With his experience and knowledge of military issues, human resources, strategic planning, business and information technology, he will be a tremendous asset to City government. He will help us in working better and more efficiently for our community.”

Jim has extensive experience and training in strategic planning, executive leadership, and information technology and was previously employed as the IT Director and Chief Information Officer at Tanana Chiefs Conference. Jim retired from the United States Air Force in 2007 after more than 20 years of active duty service; his last military assignment was with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Wainwright.

“I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work serving Fairbanks,” Jim stated.

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

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Mayor’s Note – February 2014: Volume 1 Issue 1

Mayor Eberhart is making communication with you a top priority.  Once a month we aim to publish the “Mayor’s Note,” a newsletter covering topics and events the City is involved in.  Communication is best when it’s a dialogue, so please contact us if you have ideas, suggestions, or comments.  We have a “Suggestion” button on the site and you can always contact me at 907.459.6793.  Thank you, Mayor Eberhart.Mayor's Note, Volume 1 Issue 1

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Statement from Mayor Eberhart

I am sad to hear of the loss of life of two members of our community. My prayers go to the families of those who died in the fire, to the person who was seriously burned, and to those whose lives have been uprooted. I applaud and am grateful, however, for the fast and effective rescue efforts of firefighters from the City of Fairbanks and other fire departments. They saved the lives of many persons.

As a community, let’s pitch in to help in the best way we can, by making donations to the Red Cross. The statewide link for the Red Cross allows for local donations: www.redcross.org/ak/anchorage

Mayor John Eberhart