Dancing For a Good Cause

City of Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon competed last week at the Tanana Valley State Fair in “Dancing with the Stars”.  It was a fundraiser for the Lathrop High School ballroom dance program.  Chief Aragon enjoys being active in the community and supporting good causes.  Congratulations to Chief Aragon and his partner, Miss Clara Cheney, for an outstanding performance!  A link to view their performance is

Chief and dance partner

Welcome Three New Police Employees

Gerrit Butler

Gerrit Butler was born and raised in Fairbanks He is proud to be like his grandfather in serving the City.  His grandfather, Wally Droz, served as City Manager for 30+ years and Gerrit plans to work just as long for the City. Gerrit is very active in the mixed martial arts community here in Fairbanks, teaching 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu at Frostbite Vale Tudo. Gerrit thanks the City for this opportunity.

Tyler Larimer

Tyler Larimer is 22 years old and grew up in Wasilla, Alaska.  He served the State of Alaska as a Firefighter/EMT with the Alaska Air National Guard, as well as a correctional officer at the Anchorage Jail during his journey to become a Police Officer.  Tyler is extremely excited to have been granted the opportunity to relocate to Fairbanks and serve this community.  Tyler also started employment with the City last week and is now attending the Law Enforcement Academy through the Community and Technical College (CTC).

Caleb Reuter

Caleb Reuter grew up in Fairbanks and is now raising his family here.  Previously he was self-employed as a floor installer.  When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and practicing martial arts.  Caleb started employment with the City last week and is now attending the Law Enforcement Academy through CTC.

Congratulations and welcome to Gerrit, Caleb, and Tyler.


Pictured left to right:  Tyler Larimer, Mayor Eberhart, Gerrit Butler, and Caleb Reuter.

Officers Butler, Reuter & Larimer


Tender Loving Care at Clay Street Cemetery

If you have visited the Clay Street Cemetery lately, it is easy to see that it has recently had much tender loving care.  City of Fairbanks Public Works employee Phil Petman has a degree in Landscape Horticulture and is a Certified Arborist.  Phil has been in charge of the care of the cemetery this summer.  When you talk to Phil about the work that he has been doing and assisting with, it is very obvious that he has much knowledge and love for trees and plants.

With enthusiasm and pride, Phil talks about pruning trees in the cemetery, vegetation control on the pathways, grass and weed control along the fence lines, and heavy brush cutting that has taken place this summer at the cemetery.  Earlier this summer the crew did full fertilizing of the lawns and seeded the grass.  They have filled in sunken graves and straightened monuments.   Frequent mowing helps keep up the cemetery’s great appearance.

Phil also cares for and maintains the grounds at Patrick B. Cole City Hall, the City of Fairbanks Police Department, the City of Fairbanks Fire Department and the City of Fairbanks Public Works. Phil makes sure our lawns, flowers, trees, and shrubs are all in excellent condition.  Phil is extremely knowledgeable about plants and trees and loves talking about them.    Mayor Eberhart stated “the City of Fairbanks is lucky to have Phil Petman and our great Public Works employees.  Thanks so much for all you do.   A lot of additional, long overdue work has been done at Clay Street Cemetery this summer.  It looks great.”

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Keep It 100

The City of Fairbanks Police Department, along with the Big Dipper and the South Fairbanks Community Watch groups, will be celebrating a Community Policing Event on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM.  The event will be hosted by Lily of The Valley Church at 2404 South Barnette Street.

There will be food and beverages, 3 on 3 Basketball, Face Painting, Bouncy House, and other activities.

Please join us if you live in either of the Big Dipper or South Fairbanks areas.  For more information please call (907)888-5619



City Council Action Notice – 08/08/2016

To view the City Council Action Notice from the Regular Meeting of August 8, 2016, click here.


A very rainy June and July resulted in many potholes in our roadways.  As a result, the City of Fairbanks Public Works Department has been extremely busy repairing potholes.  Patch crews are out every day that weather permits.  With school starting soon the focus over the next two weeks will be school zone areas.

What causes potholes and what is the City doing about them?

Potholes form because asphalt road surfaces eventually crack due to weather and the constant stresses of traffic. These cracks allow moisture to seep into the underlying gravel. The stress and weight of the traffic causes pumping action that accelerates deterioration of the asphalt and pushes out some of the gravel below leaving a pothole.  Public Works utilizes three patching processes:  1) hot asphalt mix on non-rainy days. Hot mix patching material will not adhere to wet surfaces or if there is standing water in the pothole; 2) an alternative RAP (recycled asphalt product) material that can be used in wet conditions, although it is not as permanent as hot mix; and 3) cold mix material for a temporary patch is used during colder temperatures and up until the snow sticks.

You can report potholes to the City of Fairbanks Public Works Department at 459-6770.   Please leave a detailed message with the pothole location and your contact information. Public Works’ goal is to repair potholes within two working days, weather permitting.

For your and our crew’s safety please watch for signs and flaggers and drive cautiously when approaching patch crews.

Potholes do pop up overnight, so please be patient and know that our crews are out diligently working to keep our streets in good condition.

Pothole Patching Patch crewRoller Patch

City Council Agenda Packet – 08/08/2016

To view the City Council Agenda Packet for the Regular Meeting of August 8, 2016, click here.

Fairbanks City Surplus Auction

The City of Fairbanks will be holding an Impound Vehicle and City Surplus Auction this Saturday, August 6th. Preview and pre-bidder registration will be Friday, August 5th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00. Gates will open at 9 AM on auction day for registration and preview and the auction will start at 10 AM. The auction will be held at the Public Works Facility located at 2121 Peger Road. Access will be through the Davis Road gate. Signs will be posted for directions and parking area. A catalog of items will be available at the preview on Friday, auction day and on the city website at


Direct link to catalog:

Direct link to photos City items (may take a few moments to load):


Direct link to photos of impounded vehicles:


*** Important Note: The City of Fairbanks will no longer perform “VIN Verification Inspections” for impound vehicles. ***

The successful bidder will be responsible to comply with DMV requirements.

Auctioneer services by D&L Auction, 907-488-4881 or

Pre-registration for bidders will be available Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM during inspection.

To register you must have a valid ID.

There is no charge to register.

There is no buyer’s premium.

This is a public outcry auction.

No minimum bids.

All items are “Sold as is, Where is”, without warranty or guarantee.

Catalog will indicate type of violation and if keys may be available.

Impound vehicles will NOT be started.

All Sales are Final.

Acceptable payment: Cash, Visa or MasterCard (Note: a credit card processing fee may apply)

All items must be paid for in full the day of the auction.

Items may not be removed until paid in full.

It is the successful bidder’s responsibility to remove auction items.

All items must be removed no later than 4:00 pm on the Monday following the auction.

Vehicles may not be started and items may not be removed until the auction bidding is completed.

The City will not jump start or otherwise mechanically assist with impound vehicles.

The City will not provide Vehicle inspections; this must be scheduled with DMV.

The City does not provide one-way trip passes.

The City will provide documents to the successful bidder to obtain clear title from DMV.

You are encouraged to remove your items the day of the auction; the lot will be open until 5 PM the day of the auction, private towing companies are on-site to offer their services. We will be closed on Sunday and will be open again the Monday following the auction from 10:00 AM to 4 PM. All items must be removed no later than 4:00 pm on the Monday following the auction. Additional time may be granted, at City discretion, for purchases of more than four (4) vehicles.

For more information call 907-459-6762. After the Auction call 907- 459-6770.

Courtney Sheen


City of Fairbanks Public Works Department

2121 Peger Road

Fairbanks, AK  99709

OFFICE:  (907) 459-6770

DIRECT: (907) 459-6822

FAX:  (907) 456-6276

Mayors March for Youth Homelessness on September 10. Please Donate.

Fairbanks Youth Advocates has been providing 24/7 safe shelter to homeless youth aged 12 to 18 since 2014 at The Door.  Homeless youth often spend days and nights walking the streets because they have nowhere to go.

Last year The Door provided shelter to 79 different youth.  This year The Door expects the count to be even higher.  The Door currently remains at capacity or near capacity.  The Door can house 12 youth at a time.  The Door provides shelter, services for transitioning to stability, counseling and family mediation services.  Most youth come to The Door due to high levels of conflict in their homes.  The Door’s goal is to return teens home as soon as possible. Most youth stay less than a week at The Door.

In solidarity and support, City of Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart, North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward, and Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel will together walk the fourteen miles from downtown North Pole to downtown Fairbanks to raise awareness of the challenges of youth homelessness and to raise funds for The Door.

The Mayors encourage the community to join them in supporting homeless youth by pledging their support and donating to their march through

The Mayors March will be on September 10, 2016. It will begin at 1:00 PM at the North Pole City Hall and will conclude at The Door with a conversation about youth homelessness in our area at 7:00 PM.

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Mayor Walk for Homeless Youth

Invitation to Community Meeting

Dear Property Owner or Occupant:


The City of Fairbanks would like to invite you to a community meeting on Thursday, August 11 to discuss the presence of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in groundwater near the Regional Fire Training Center (RFTC) at 1730 30th Avenue. You are receiving this invitation because we have collected a sample from the water-supply well at your home or business, or because your property borders Peger Lake. Other individuals who live in the RFTC area are also welcome to attend.


Regional Fire Training Center Community Meeting

Thursday, August 11

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Noel Wien Public Library

1215 Cowles Street



The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has prepared a fact sheet describing the health effects associated with exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). PFOS is the perfluorinated compound detected in the highest concentrations in groundwater at the Regional Fire Training Center. The City is continuing to work with local environmental consulting firm Shannon & Wilson Inc. to assess the extent of PFOS-containing groundwater near the RFTC. At this meeting, we will discuss the health effects of PFOS, summarize our work that has been to date, and answer any questions you may have.

For more information, please contact Jackson Fox at 459-6758.


Jackson C. Fox

City Engineer