City Council Audio – 04/25/2016

City Council Meeting – The following link contains the audio of the City Council Meeting that was held on April 25th, 2016.
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Kids to Parks Day

Kids to Parks Day
May 21st, 2016

Mayor Eberhart has issued a Proclamation supporting the national Kids to Parks Day. This is the sixth Kids to Parks Day organized and launched by the National Park Trust. The Proclamation encourages families and kids to get outdoors and enjoy America’s parks. The day is intended to promote healthy outdoor activities, lead to more active lifestyles, combat childhood obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. It is also meant to broaden children’s appreciation for nature and the outdoors. The Mayor urges residents of Fairbanks to make time to take children to a neighborhood, state, or national park, not just on May 21st, but throughout the year. Enjoy the outdoors of our beautiful Golden Heart City and State.
Click on the link below to view the actual Proclamation.

Kids to Parks Proclamation (pdf)

Council Agenda Packet – 04/25/2016

To view the City Council Agenda Packet for the Regular Meeting of April 25, 2016, click here.

The Fairbanks City Hall Finance Department:  City Spotlight

By Denzel Harris and Olivia Jeans, Lathrop H.S. Interns


The City of Fairbanks Finance Department is staffed by seven of the friendliest people in Patrick B. Cole City Hall.  They perform important financial operations for the City. Vickie Croll told us that she and two other people in the department work with accounts payable, garbage billing, and accounts receivable. The financial team works hard to protect the assets of all citizens, and insure that budgets and accounts are balanced correctly. Carmen Randle, the Chief Financial Officer, noted that the Finance Department assists the other departments in creating an interconnected community. The Finance Department is one of the most valuable resources our City has and we’re truly grateful for them.

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Fairbanks City Hall Engineering Department: City Spotlight

The Engineering Department is a place of wonder and the domain of the expert engineers. The department is staffed by 12 individuals, working on multiple projects.

Robert Pristash (pictured below) has worked as an engineer for 30 years, and explains some of the many tasks that the department works on. The Engineering Department works on the design of everything within our Right of Way. The Right of Way is everything we see from sidewalks, curb and gutter, roads, signs, utilities, lighting, storm drains, and much more.  Engineers primarily work on design, but also oversee building contracts and repairs where there is damage and deficiencies in our infrastructure. Engineers usually have a tough time due to the high demands of their crowded schedule, especially during the summer when they tend to work long hours. They are currently working on several road expansion projects.

The Engineering Department is a valuable resource in our community.

By Denzel Harris and Olivia Jeans, Lathrop H.S. Interns

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Public Safety Commission Meeting

Public Safety Commission Meeting

The Public Safety Commission met this past Tuesday April 12th.

During this meeting, Mayor Eberhart introduced his new Executive Assistant/ Communications Director, Tammy Misrasi.  Tammy is looking forward to working with all of the departments and community members in assisting them with their communication needs.

Departmental reports were made by the Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center, Fairbanks Fire Department, Fairbanks Police Department and the Public Works Department.

The Police Department presented information about their new Chaplain Program.  Chief Aragon also spoke about vacancies in the Police Department.  Chief Aragon discussed plans for recruiting Officers and lateral transfers, including the newly approved bonus program.

The Fire Department discussed their new “Knox” system.  This system allows Firefighters to have increased accessibility to homes and businesses.  Portable radios funded by a Homeland Security grant, were also discussed.  In addition, the new ambulance specifications have been approved and production will begin very soon, although delivery has not been set.

Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center shared a spreadsheet that outlined the volume and types of calls for the City of Fairbanks.

The next meeting will be hosted by the Fairbanks Fire Department on July 12th

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Road Sweeping

Robert Carlson operates the “broom” on the Old Steese Highway, skillfully sweeping the roadways. “All of our sweeper trucks use water during their operations,” said Eric Grant, Public Works Street Supervisor . Eric explained that if dust is a problem, they will pre-wet the area they are going to be sweeping, but normally the water during the operation contains most of the dust. Also, it is easier on equipment to first pick up in the travel lanes, then use our older equipment to pick up the most abrasive material that is left near the curbs. Please watch for sweeping operations ongoing throughout the City. Please contact the Mayor’s Office at 459-6793 if you have any suggestions or comments.

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Council Action Notice – 04/11/2016

To view the City Council Action Notice from the Regular Meeting of April 11, 2016, click here.

Body of Missing Man Found Tonight

Fairbanks Fire Department responded to the banks of the Chena River near First Avenue and Cushman street, after a body had been discovered in the river.  Upon arrival, Fire Department personnel contacted three local residents who reported they had located the individual who was seen falling into the river on Saturday, April 9th.


Fairbanks Police arrived on scene and the body was removed from the river.  The victim was tentatively identified from photo identification found on his person as Roy Michael Anthony Omiak, age 26, of Fairbanks.  The victim has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and positive identification.  His next of kin has been notified.

Chena River Incident

This morning at approximately 7:29 a.m., Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center received a call of an incapacitated person beside the river, below the Cushman Bridge. Approximately ten minutes later, a second call was received that the person of interest had walked out onto the ice and had fallen into the river. 

The Fairbanks Fire Department was on scene within 4 minutes and performed an active rescue for over one hour and 40 minutes. During this time the Fire Department cut multiple holes into the ice and preformed several rescue attempts before calling the rescue unsuccessful. 

The victim was identified by the reporting witness as an Alaska Native male, in his early 20’s wearing all dark clothing. If you have any additional information regarding this incident or if you are able to help identify this victim please contact the Fairbanks City Police Department. 



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