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Golden Heart Access to Treatment Initiative

Mayor Eberhart is pleased to announce that the City of Fairbanks, through its Police Department, Turning Point Counseling Services, Access Alaska, and the Interior Aids Association, have established the Golden Heart Access to Treatment Initiative.

“We have a big prescription opioid and heroin problem in our city and state,” Police Chief Aragon stated.  In Alaska, heroin deaths continue to increase.  Sadly, we are above the national average for overdose deaths. Mayor Eberhart spoke about the number of citizens struggling with drugs.  He stated, “We need to change the way we view addiction and, where appropriate, move from it being a criminal justice issue to a public health issue.  People should be getting the help they need with treatment.”  The City of Fairbanks wants to take a stand against this epidemic by saying to people suffering from addiction, “Come in out of the cold and warm yourself by our Golden Heart”.  This means if you or someone you care about has a problem with addiction, come to the Police Department or call us for help.  We are starting the initiative to help anyone who wants help.

Mayor Eberhart, Chief Aragon and Gunnar Ebbesson, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and Master Addiction Counselor, want to be part of the solution.   FPD Officer Doug Welborn has received special training and will be the person individuals should contact to begin to get the right treatment and information they need.

If you would like help with an addiction problem, come by the Fairbanks Police Department or call during the daytime and speak to Officer Doug Welborn at 450-6592.  Chief Aragon stated “We’re here to help. All you have to do is ask for it.”

The City of Fairbanks, through its Police Department, Turning Point Counseling Services, the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Interior Aids Association and others are beginning a Fairbanks Treatment Initiative Coalition.  The coalition is looking for members with a strong desire to help guide or offer insight as to what would be beneficial to people struggling with addictions.  If you have an interest in serving on the coalition please call Terri Tibbet at 465-8920.

Click on the link to see highlights from the media release.  https://youtu.be/Za3crpauhZk

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Orlando Shootings

Today, Mayor John Eberhart along with City Employees, grieve with the nation.

Mayor Eberhart stated, “The events in Orlando were tragic and heartbreaking. The residents of our Golden Heart City join the nation in mourning the senseless loss of lives.” Hate and violence based on race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation have no place in our nation. However, in this time of deep sorrow, let us keep in mind the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Mayor Eberhart would also like to extend his appreciation to the residents of our community who appeared at the vigil last evening.

Flags at half-staff

As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, June 16, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. “

President Barack Obama

Impound Auction

The City of Fairbanks will be holding an Impound Vehicle and City Surplus Auction this Saturday, June 11th. Preview and pre-bidder registration will be Friday, June 10th, from 10:00 AM to 4:00. Gates will open at 9 AM on auction day and registration will begin at 9 AM with the auction starting 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 available at the preview on Friday, auction day and on the city website at http://www.fairbanksalaska.us.

THIS WILL BE AN IMPOUND VEHICLE AUCTION ONLY.

NO CITY SURPLUS WILL BE AT THIS AUCTION.

 

Direct link to catalog: http://www.fairbanksalaska.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/6-11-16-AUCTION-CATALOG.pdf

Direct link to photos City items (may take a few moments to load): http://cityoffairbanks.businesscatalyst.com/assets/6-11-2016%20Auction%20Photos.pdf

Direct link to photos of impounded vehicles: http://dandlauction.com/city-of-fairbanks.html

 

*** 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.

Bidders purchasing more than four (4) vehicles may be granted additional time

Auctioneer services by D&L Auction, 907-488-4881 or www.dandlauction.com

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.

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

Items may not be removed until paid in full.

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

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 the State DMV office; process these documents at the State of Alaska DMV office, they are not open on Saturdays, call 451-5190 for their business hours.

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

Clerk/Dispatcher

 

City of Fairbanks Public Works Department

Bookcase for Every Child

Last night at Birch Park, was the First Annual Awards Ceremony for the Literacy Council’s Bookcase for Every Child.  Mike Kolasa is the Literacy Council’s Director.  He is pictured with some of the bookcases and books that were awarded to 5th and 6th grade students.  The students were:  Ethan Bean, Kody Bean, Zaelin Bean, Tyriq Foster, Ahviana Johnkins, Justice Nelson, Earl Parker, Jenna Reese, and Rachel Wright.  Many of these children have been involved with the Literacy Council of Alaska’s Birch Park After School Program.

Mayor Eberhart shared words of encouragement about the importance of reading and getting a good education, as important to getting a good job and career.  The Mayor also described how books can open up whole new worlds, including other cultures and languages.

Books are a gateway to our past, present and future.  Dr. Suess said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”  Victor Hugo wrote, “To learn to read is to light a fire…”

Police Chief Randall Aragon has been very active in starting this project.  He presented the history of the program and how it started in Fairbanks.  The motto “Changing Lives Through Literacy, One Bookcase at a Time” is something the Literacy Council wants to continue here in Fairbanks.

The second picture shows Mayor Eberhart, some of the children, and Chief Aragon.

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Council Action Notice – 06/06/2016

To view the City Council Action Notice from the Regular Meeting of June 6, 2016, click here.

Congratulations June Rogers

The Fairbanks City Council welcomed and held the swearing in ceremony for its newest member, June Rogers.  June is a very distinguished businesswoman in the City of Fairbanks.  June recently retired with 20 years of dedicated service as the Executive Director of the Fairbanks Arts Association.

Prior to her work in the arts, June was an owner of a mechanical contracting company for 15 years.  The arts profited from her strong background in business.  She helped establish the “Business and the Arts Committee” with the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce – the first and only such committee in the state and she continues to chair that committee.  She was a charter member of the Foraker Operations Board.

June’s strong commitment to advocacy and collaboration has been recognized by the Tanana Valley State Fair – Volunteer Dedication & Service Award – Youth Talent Division, Alaska Art Education Association – Distinguished Service in the Arts, International Academy – Outstanding Support of Languages and Culture in Education and Commitment in Fostering Collaboration, Girl Scouts – Woman of Distinction Award, FCVB – Aurora Award – Consistent & Exceptional Contribution to the Fairbanks Visitors Industry, Interior Mayors Award for the Arts – Outstanding Achievement & Dedication to the Arts, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation – Fairbanks First – Think Local Award, Explore Fairbanks – Golden Heart Award, Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow – Appreciation for Support, Festival of Native Arts – Appreciation for Support, and by Governor Bill Walker – Lifetime Achievement Award.

Still active throughout the state of Alaska, June is consulted by arts and non-profit organizations for assistance with programs; she also serves on the Fairbanks Diversity Council.  Additionally, June is working with the Interior’s governing agencies on Sister City relationships and with collaborative community projects that bring new vigor to the Interior.

Please congratulate June on her appointment to the Fairbanks City Council.

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Happy Birthday Pearl

Mayor John Eberhart honored the Fairbanks City Hostess, Pearl Watson, in celebration of her 90th birthday.  Pearl’s birthday was earlier this year, but due to her being out of town and busy schedules, she could not be honored until now.

Pearl has lived in Fairbanks for nearly 70 years.  She first moved to Alaska with her husband, and raised six children here, following the Second World War.  Pearl remembers there being many boardwalks going to and from different establishment’s downtown.  She also recalls there was very little asphalt, only a small amount on Second Avenue and three or four blocks on Cushman Street.

Pearl loves the City of Fairbanks, and is very actively involved in many charities, her political party, church and family.  She’s also active with the Interior Alaska Sourdoughs, Pioneers of Alaska, Elks, American Legion Auxiliary, the Senior Center and Pioneer Home.  Pearl stays very active attending many City functions and other activities.

Please help us in wishing Pearl Watson a very Happy 90th Birthday.

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Congratulations Jackson Fox

Congratulations to Jackson Fox who has been promoted to be the new City Engineer and Department Director.  Jackson has 15 years of experience in planning, permitting, road, utility, and facility projects, working the last eight years for the City. Before working for the City he worked for local engineering firms, including PDC, MACTEC, and USKH.  Jackson brought his enthusiasm and hard work ethic to City government taking on numerous duties as assigned, supporting other City departments and improving community outreach for projects.  He is extremely excited about this new opportunity. He is working on making positive changes for his staff and accomplishing major strides in fixing up our City streets!

Jackson Fox

City Council Agenda Packet – 06/06/2016

To view the City Council Agenda Packet for the Regular Meeting of June 6, 2016, click here.