Jerry Norum 09/19/33 – 04/01/18

Press Release


DATE: April 2, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Teal Soden, Communications Director, 907-987-0867,

The City of Fairbanks is sad to hear of the recent passing of former City Councilman Jerry Norum.

Mr. Norum was admitted to FMH after suffering a brain aneurysm and passed away on Sunday, April 1st around 2pm, with his family by his side.

Mr. Norum had a great love for Fairbanks which was evident in his service to the community over his lifetime. In addition to many other endeavors, Mr. Norum served several terms on the Fairbanks City Council. His most recent service as City Councilman ended in 2017.

Our thoughts are with the Norum family during this difficult time.

03/19/18 Press Release – Masonic Temple Collapse

On Saturday, March 19th, the roof of the historic Masonic Temple Collapsed.

View the official press release here:

03-19-18-Masonic Temple Collapse Press Release

City Council Action Notice – 03/19/2018

To view the City Council Action Notice from the Regular Meeting of April 19, 2018, click here.

Chena River Walk Open House – 3/21/18

The City of Fairbanks, in collaboration with the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) and the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), will hold a public open house on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Fairbanks City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of the open house is to present alternative path alignments for Segment 1 of the Chena River Walk between Peger Road and the pedestrian bridge by Pioneer Park along the north bank of the Chena River. For further information or to submit comments please contact Andrew Ackerman at (907) 459-6836 or Comments may be submitted until April 23, 2018.
The public is welcome to attend.

Click HERE for more information!

City Council Agenda Packet – 03/19/2018

To view the City Council Agenda Packet for the Regular Meeting of March 15, 2018, click here.

Salt Usage Downtown

With spring on the way and warmer temperatures, people start to think more about using salt to help clear ice and snow from sidewalks. The new Cushman and Noble street projects have a lot of features that can be damaged by salt. New concrete (less than a year old) can be damaged by salt. Salt can flake concrete, corrode metal and kill plants. You can help:

Reduce salt use and use the best type. Remove as much snow as possible before applying the de-icer. Combine it with other materials such as sand that can provide grittiness for traction. Applying ice melter at cold temperatures doesn’t do much good. If the daily high isn’t getting to +5F, it is best to use sand and wait for warmer weather. De-icing materials that use salts other than sodium chloride(rock salt), including calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, or calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) can reduce injury to plants.

Make applications carefully. Applications should be targeted at walkways. Don’t pile salt laden snow on landscape beds, tree wells or lawns. The flow of salt-laden runoff water should be considered so not to drain in to plants or tree wells.

Fairbanks Fire Participates in “Project Hope”

In response to the current opioid crisis, the City of Fairbanks Fire Department is now participating in the State of Alaska sponsored program Project Hope. Project Hope provides opioid overdose rescue kits to individuals at no cost.

Special thanks to FFD Battalion Chief Greg Taylor for coordinating the department’s participation in Project Hope!

Click below to read the whole press release:

03-01-18-Project Hope Press Release


**Urgent Request to City Residents**

With the freezing rain in January and the recent snowfall, numerous trees and bushes from private property are bending and breaking onto sidewalks and streets.  The City hired temporary workers and contractors starting back in January to address these safety concerns, but with the ever increasing volume of downed trees and branches, city workers and contractors cannot keep up with the demand.  Residents are urgently requested to cut back, cut down  and even cut up fallen trees and branches this weekend. With all the additional snowfall, city resources must now be redirected to snow plowing and snow removal. Any help during this winter weather event is greatly needed and appreciated. This is a time when we all need to work together  to keep our community and streets safe.

Golden Heart Utilities Publishes 2018 Water Quality Report

Golden Heart Utilities recently published their 2018 Annual Consumer Confidence Water Quality Report. You can view the report by clicking the following link:

The City of Fairbanks received a letter in January from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) stating that trace amounts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in Golden Heart Utilities water wells during their most recent quality tests are well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lifetime health advisory level.  View the letter from DHSS here:  DHSS- 1/19/18 Letter to City of Fairbanks 

City Council Audio – 02/06/2018

City Council Meeting – The following link contains the audio of the City Council Meeting that was held on February 6th, 2018.

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