This winter the City Public Works Department is starting a focused routine maintenance effort in the historic downtown business district. During winter months crews will perform snow removal every Wednesday night between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Work will focus on Barnette to Noble Streets and 1st through 5th Avenues, including Wickersham and 2nd and 3rd Avenues to Cowles Street. Winter maintenance will consist primarily of snow removal from streets, sidewalks, curb faces and corner ramps to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists. During summer months our crews will continue a weekly maintenance effort that will consist of street and sidewalk sweeping and garbage collection.
The historic downtown presents a challenge in that much of the available parking is curb side within the public right-of-way, which is not the case in other retail areas where parking is restricted to surface lots. By performing this work routinely on Wednesday nights we hope that over time downtown residents and business owners will anticipate that Wednesday evenings vehicles cannot be parked in the street, allowing our crews to effectively remove snow.
Last year the City unveiled a new articulated tractor specially made for sidewalk maintenance. The small orange tractor is only 42 inches at the widest dimension and can turn a very tight ninety-degree turn along sidewalks at street corners. The equipment can be equipped with either a blade or broom depending on the snow conditions, including an attachment to spread sand. The equipment was purchased with grant funding obtained through the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS).
Contact: Mike Schmetzer, Public Works Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907.590.3701
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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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