To view the City Council Action from the Regular Meeting of April 20, 2015 click the below link.
April 17, 2015
Fairbanks Diversity Council (FDC) Works on Draft Diversity Action Plan (DAP)
Over the past several months, members of the Fairbanks Diversity Council have been working on a Diversity Action Plan (DAP) through the strategic planning process. Although the DAP is not yet finalized, the group has identified goals for the plan, some of which were mandated by City Ordinance, and many others identified by the group as being primary diversity needs for the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Shortened summaries of some of the goals include: Reviewing internal processes for recruiting and hiring, securing financial resources to implement the DAP, reviewing internal policies and procedures, providing education and training on diversity, performing community outreach to foster awareness and give a safe venue for expression of diverse outlooks, and to promote diverse and cross-cultural activities to increase community involvement.
The FDC members have identified the need to develop four committees in the following areas: Education and Outreach, Policy and Procedure, Media and Communications, and an Accessibility Committee. If you are interested in attending the next FDC meeting to learn more, please join us on May 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. All are welcome!
Mayor John Eberhart
To view the Agenda Packet for the Regular City Council Meeting of April 20, 2015, click the below link.
April 10, 2015
Recently, the Air Force held three scoping meetings in North Pole, Fairbanks, and Delta Junction, relating to the possible basing of F-35s (stealth fighter jets) at Eielson Air Force Base (EAFB). A draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) will be completed in the next few months and there will then be a public hearing at which citizens will be able to have their questions answered.
Although the F-35s are a huge opportunity for our community, other military issues are also extremely important. President Putin of Russia is apparently establishing four brigades in the Russian Far East, and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea is extremely volatile and a threat. As we have known for decades, Alaska’s strategic location is of utmost importance to the United States and the western world.
Currently, Eielson Air Force Base is the home of a squadron of F-16 jets, referred to as the Aggressor Squadron. EAFB is one of only two bases in the United States where Aggressor Squadrons are based. The F-16s would complement the mission of the F-35s. Accordingly, it is extremely important that we keep the F-16s at EAFB. It is our understanding that Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), has now sent a recommendation to the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, with respect to the F-16s at EAFB, as well as the Grey Eagle project.
The Grey Eagle project is an unmanned aircraft systems (drones) project of the United States Army. Although this is an Army project, there has been discussion of Grey Eagles being flown out of EAFB.
It is expected that there will be an announcement on F-16s and the Grey Eagle project by mid-April. If the Grey Eagle project were to be based here, it would potentially lead to several hundred personnel coming to our community.
Mayor John Eberhart
Congratulations to Alicia Giamichael : Our new FMATS Transportation Planner!
Welcome, Alicia! Alicia began employment on Wednesday, April 1, with the City of Fairbanks.
I am from Central New York where I grew up and attended SUNY ESF. I have my Associate’s Degree in Forest Technology from the Ranger School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Ecosystems Science. After graduating, I worked as an Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator for Marietta Corporation up until moving to Alaska in August 2014. I enjoy taking pictures while going on nature walks, music, and coffee!
Congratulations to Angela Snow : Our New Human Resources Director!
Welcome, Angela! Angela began employment on Wednesday, April 1, with the City of Fairbanks.
Angela has nearly 20 years of experience managing and supervising staff. Since she moved to Alaska 10 years ago, Angela has been working for Fairbanks Native Association. As the Director of Early Head Start Services for 6 years she supervised and supported up to 45 staff. Most recently Angela was the Director of Planning and Development, of which duties included supervising all of the 80+ staff that are under the Head Start 0-5 umbrella, and maintaining and writing funding proposals for FNA Senior Management. During her tenure, Angela secured over 4 million dollars in additional annual funding.
Prior to moving to Alaska, Angela also worked in management with the South Eastern Idaho Community Action Agency as the Director of Housing and Children’s Services.
Angela Is excited to accept the challenge of the role of Human Resources Director for the City of Fairbanks.
To view the City Council Action from the Regular Meeting of April 6, 2015, click the below link.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2015
City of Fairbanks Proclaims Charles “CB” Bettisworth Outstanding Citizen of 2014
Fairbanks, AK: At the Fairbanks City Council meeting on Monday, April 6, Mayor Eberhart read a City of Fairbanks proclamation heralding Charles “CB” Bettisworth as the Outstanding Citizen of 2014. Mr. Bettisworth was honored for his dedication to the community and economic development.
Mr. Bettisworth spoke about the need to continue to develop our community and strive for both an aesthetically pleasing and sustainable city. Mr. Bettisworth received a standing round of applause from attendees.
WHEREAS, Charles “CB” Bettisworth has contributed significantly to our community, not only through his work, but through his personal time and efforts; and
WHEREAS, those who are fortunate enough to know CB find him to be always warm, welcoming, and gracious in his personal demeanor, and committed, forward-thinking and engaged in his professional interactions; and
WHEREAS, CB has generously given of his time and talents in community and economic development throughout the state; and
WHEREAS, the list of landmark projects CB has designed for our community is a legacy of which we are very proud. They include: the Christ Lutheran Church addition, Raquetball Club, Frontier Savings and Loan, Tanana Valley Community College, The Center, Pioneer Home Improvements, New Denali Center, Lathrop High School Additions & Renovations, Randy Smith Middle School, Monroe Catholic School Chapel, Boys and Girls Club, Lavelle’s Bistro, Mariott Springhill Suites, Rabinowitz State Courthouse, First Presbyterian Church, Bettisworth North Office, Alaska Railroad Station, Riverwest Condominiums, First National Bank of Alaska, Denali Elementary School, Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, Raven Landing Retirement Community, Carlson Center Improvements, Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, and the Weeks Field Estates; and
WHEREAS, CB has encouraged communities to embrace solar and other renewables as long-term energy solutions and aspires to always design for sustainability; and
WHEREAS, CB is a lifelong Fairbanks resident, who has raised a family here and truly appreciates, and is a proponent for, our northern environment, landscapes, people and cultures:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, by the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim
Charles “CB” Bettisworth as Outstanding Citizen of 2014
throughout the City of Fairbanks, and congratulate him on his retirement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 6th of April, 2015.
Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 907.459.6793 firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the Council Agenda for the Regular Meeting of April 6, 2015, click the below link:
The City of Fairbanks website was down earlier today due to a hack attack. We’d like to blame it on the recent solar eclipse, but it was actually due to hackers who found our site interesting enough to hack (that makes us one of the cool sites).
IMPORTANT: All payments made through the City of Fairbanks are secure as the payment system was not breached.