Sakha Delegation Visits Fairbanks

A delegation from Sakha Republic visited Fairbanks last week and was particularly interested in power and energy issues.  The delegation visited Alaska to participate in the Northern Forum Regional Coordinators Committee meeting in Anchorage.  The Northern Forum was established in 1991 to improve the quality of life of Northern peoples by providing  Northern regional leaders a means to share their knowledge and experience in addressing common challenges and to support sustainable development and the implementation of cooperative socio-economic initiatives among  Northern regions and through international fora.  Alaska rejoined the Northern Forum in June 2016.  Other members include Iceland, Russia, Korea, Japan, Finland, and Canada.

Mayor John Eberhart and Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel enjoyed visiting with the delegation.

Sakha Luncheon

Craigslist Safety Precaution; Safe Location

When selling or purchasing items from online sales sites such as Craigslist, the City of Fairbanks recommends that transactions take place in a well-lighted public area.  Because of safety concerns, Mayor John Eberhart and Chief Randall Aragon would like citizens to consider the option of utilizing the City of Fairbanks Police Department parking lot.  It is lighted and has surveillance cameras, which could help to ensure that your transaction is safe and deter anyone who may not legitimately want to purchase or sell something.  You are welcome to conduct legitimate transactions in the City of Fairbanks Police Department parking lot.  Many businesses, along with other public facilities, have well-lighted areas with cameras.  While most transactions are without issue, please trust your instincts and use caution when you have any such transactions with a stranger.

GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Mayor John Eberhart reports that the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the City of Fairbanks, Alaska has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

The award represents a significant achievement for the City of Fairbanks.  It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  These guidelines are designed to assess how well the City’s budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for its having achieved the award.  This has been presented to the City of Fairbanks Finance Department.

For budgets beginning in 2015, approximately 1,550 participants received the Award.  Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of approximately 18,700 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.  It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.  The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C.  The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

Appreciation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

On Wednesday, Mayor Eberhart was given a Certificate of Appreciation from the NAACP for his support and participation in this year’s Juneteenth celebration.  Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African Americans throughout the United States.  The certificate was presented by Jo Ann Borges, a member of the Fairbanks Diversity Council.  Mayor Eberhart is appreciative and thanks NAACP for the important work it does.  Founded in 1909, NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization.

Local officers of the NAACP include President Bernie Colbert, Vice President Ruby Sutton, and Chairperson Sean Rice.

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Go Blue Alaska! Supporting Our Police and Dispatch

Jennifer Ham asked a simple question on her Facebook page one night,  “Who would be willing to make a treat or something to support our local Police Officers?”  Jennifer said both her phone and Facebook page blew up that night.  Within hours she had many responses.  Jennifer began working on a Citizens’ Police and Dispatch Support Walk and called it “Go Blue Alaska”.  Merchants joined in to show their support.  Yesterday the group gathered at Sadler’s parking lot.  Mayor John Eberhart and Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon joined the group.  Many wore blue to show their support. Signs with “Support Your Local Law Enforcement Police and Dispatchers”, “Thank you”, “We Support You”, “Go Blue Alaska”, and “We Love You” were carried by the group.  Jennifer planned to be at the Police Department at shift change so the group could thank as many officers as possible.  They delivered sandwiches donated by Subway, drinks from Mochalicious, and gifts from the Knotty Shop.

Jennifer thanked the officers for all they do to keep each of us and our community safe.  Jennifer has also organized a walk to show support for the North Pole Police Department.  That walk will take place on Friday, July 29, at 2:00.  The walk will begin at Sourdough Fuel and proceed to the police station.  When someone asked, “It’s supposed to rain Friday. Will you still do the walk?” without hesitation Jennifer answered, “They’re there for us when it’s 40 below; I’ll gladly walk in the rain to support them!”

Jennifer also has plans for a walk to support the Alaska State Troopers, and another walk for the Delta Police Department.  To join in supporting our local law enforcement officers, the link to the Facebook page is  Jennifer’s phone number is (907) 987-0839 if you wish to contact her.

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Council Action Notice – 07/25/16

To view the City Council Action Notice from the Regular Meeting of July 25, 2016, click here.

Richardson Highway has Re-Opened

The gas line break has been resolved and the Richardson Highway from Airport Way is open.

Richardson Highway Southbound Closed

Fairbanks Fire is on scene of a Natural Gas line break near 23rd St. exit, Southbound on Richardson highway.

Airport Rd. and Richardson Highway Southbound is closed at this time. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Military Appreciation and F-35 Day

Mark your calendars to attend Military Appreciation and F-35 Day Saturday, August 20, at Pioneer Park.

Apreciation Day and F-35s

City Council Agenda Packet – 07/25/2016

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