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Message from Mayor Eberhart

The unnecessary loss of any human life is distressing.  To quote 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.”  In this time of shock and sorrow, please see the below statement by the President of the US Conference of Mayors.

STATEMENT BY CONFERENCE OF MAYORS PRESIDENT

OKLAHOMA CITY MAYOR MICK CORNETT

ON LAST NIGHT’S AMBUSH OF DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City (OK) Mayor Mick Cornett today issued the following statement regarding the ambush of police officers in Dallas:

“Today is a sad day for Dallas, for all of America’s cities, and for the nation. Last night, five brave police officers were killed and seven more were wounded as they protected the constitutional rights of protestors to demonstrate, in this case against the actions of police officers in other cities. Two civilians were wounded as well. America’s mayors send their condolences and their prayers to the victims and their families, and to the entire Dallas community.

“Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown have been a constant and a calming force since this tragedy occurred – keeping the public informed, reminding us of the risks our police officers face every day, and leading their community through a devastating time. As Mayor Rawlings said of the police this morning, “putting their lives on the line is no hyperbole.”  America’s mayors recognize and respect the risks our police officers take every day and the bravery they exhibit.

“From all reports, the Dallas Police Department did everything right. There was no inappropriate show of force, the demonstration had been peaceful and was winding down, and there were positive interactions between the officers and the demonstrators. Police officers lost their lives at the hands of bad actors, and we’ll know more about what happened as the investigation unfolds.

“Last night’s demonstrations were a response to the tragic police shootings in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights. Officials in both of those communities have moved quickly to ensure that these questionable shootings are independently and thoroughly investigated. At this difficult time for these two cities, our thoughts and prayers are also with Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and Falcon Heights Mayor Peter Lindstrom and their communities, and, of course, with the families of the two men who were killed.”

Welcome Jennifer Meyer

Jennifer started work on Tuesday in the Engineering Department as an Engineer II.  Jennifer says, “Hello, my name is Jennifer Meyer.  I am originally from Casper, Wyoming.  I moved to Fairbanks two and one half years ago.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Engineering Physics.  I am married and have a two year old son.  I spend my free time hunting, fishing, boating, four wheeling, camping, traveling, and reading.  I also enjoy a variety of other sports activities such as rock climbing, frisbee, and volleyball.  I am excited to join the Engineering Department with the City of Fairbanks.”

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Fairbanks Native Association Early Head Start and Public Works

Students from the FNA Early Head Start program enjoyed an afternoon learning about equipment, safety and what the City of Fairbanks Public Works does.  Jackson Fox, the City Engineer, arranged for the staff of Public Works to take some equipment over for the kids to see how it works and learn about safety.  Operators Jayla Gentry and Mylene Wheelock were on hand to demonstrate a mini excavator.  Charles Pullock showed the children signs, safety equipment, traffic cones and a little about what it takes to get set up to do a job.  Ivan Thomas, with his parents Angie and Darrick, posed for a photo with the equipment and staff.

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City Council Agenda Packet – 07/11/16

To view the City Council Agenda packet for the Regular Meeting of July 11, 2016, click here.

Community Working Together to Remove Logjam

This morning a joint effort by the City of Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Alaska DOT&PF came together to remove the logjam at Wendell Avenue Bridge.  The massive logjam has been building and, with the high water from the rain, it became necessary to remove it for life safety reasons.

The State provided the crane with operator, flaggers, and a boat for removal of any logs that float downstream.  The City provided the fire fighters rescue crew in the water for any need that may arise and the Public Works Department will haul the debris away.  Tanana Chiefs Conference will take some of the wood for use at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall and other uses.  The Fairbanks North Star Borough waived the tipping fee at the landfill.

Thank you to all involved for making this joint effort a success.

Before work began Log Removal at Wendell Ave.

Debris removal under Wendell Ave. Bridge

Debris removal under Wendell Avenue bridge to take place Thursday

 

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will be removing debris from under the Wendell Avenue bridge. This work will take place from 4 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7. During that time, a section of the Chena River bike path that runs under the bridge will be closed. Bike path users may take the detour noted on the map below.

 

The Wendell Avenue bridge will remain open to drivers during this work, but the sidewalk on the east side of the bridge will be closed. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to use the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.

 

Boaters in the area may see delays of up to 15 minutes as staff works to remove the log jam. The department asks residents not to use the Graehl Park boat launch when work is taking place.

 

 

Wendell Ave. Bridge

Buongiorno,

As part of our Fanano, Italy Sister City relationship, Chef Alberto Bessi will be here for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.  Chef Bessi will teach two Italian cooking workshops as part of the Festival.  If you are interested, the information is on the Festival website under Culinary Arts classes.

As shown in the flyer, we are also having a Downtown Block Party on July 22 starting at 6 PM.  For $25 per person, we are planning to have one or more offerings from McCafferty’s, a glass of beer or wine (for those over 21) at the new Distillery, lots of food prepared by Master Chef David Pruhs, and live music.  Chef Bessi will be the guest of honor.

Please join us.  We have tickets for sale in the Mayor’s Office or go to the Festival Fairbanks website.   Grazie e arrivaderci.

 

BLOCK PARTY

Israel Consul General Visits Fairbanks

Yesterday we were delighted to have Israel Consul General Dr. Andy David in town.  Consul General David is based in San Francisco.  He is a career diplomat and has served 18 years in different parts of the world.

Dr. David and Mayor Eberhart spoke at length about business opportunities, tourism, political relations, current events and other topics.  Thank you, Consul General David, for visiting our Golden Heart City.

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Israel Consul General David (second from left) visited with Fairbanksans and Mayor Eberhart.

Thanks and Welcome

On June 29, Eielson Air Force Base held a Change of Command ceremony, which was presided over by Lieutenant General Russell J Handy Colonel Winkler (who is being promoted to Brigadier General) will be transferred to Japan.  We are grateful for his leadership at Eielson and for helping secure the F-35s, which will be stationed here.  Basing the F-35s here will be a tremendous boon for our community in jobs, income, and bringing new residents.  Our national defense will be greatly strengthened due to the F-35s.

Colonel Mineau, who has come from Japan, succeeds Col. Winkler as the new commander of the 354th Fighter Wing.  We welcome Col. Mineau and his family and look forward to our continuing partnership and work with him and Eielson Air Force Base.   Thanks to all of our armed services members.

Flag Change

The command changes.  Lieutenant General Russell J. Handy (left) accepts the unit flag from Col. Winkler (center) to then pass the command flag to Col. Mineau (right).

Eielson Command Chief Master Sergeant Michael Brown Retires

Last week, Mayor Eberhart and his wife Sylvia, were pleased to attend a dinner at Eielson Air Force Base, honoring Command Chief Master Sergeant Michael Brown for 30 years of faithful and dedicated service.  The following day was the formal retirement ceremony.  We are grateful for Chief Brown’s distinguished service of protecting and defending us.  Best wishes to Chief Brown and his wife Joanna, for a long and happy retirement.

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