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CUSHMAN STREET CELEBRATION!

 

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JULY 11th on CUSHMAN STREET

RIBBON CUTTING and BLOCK PARTY

Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) and the City of Fairbanks are celebrating the completion of the Cushman Street Reconstruction project with a Ribbon Cutting and a Block Party. The Celebration will take place on Monday, July 11th from 5-7pm. The Ribbon Cutting will be at the 6th Avenue intersection at 5:30pm. Cushman Street will be closed from 2nd to 6th Ave for a Block Party with live music and food trucks. For more information, visit http://fmats.us/2016/06/22/cushman-street-celebration-july-11/.

The FMATS Policy Committee provides the direction of transportation planning in the Metropolitan Planning Area.

For more information, please contact Alicia Giamichael at alicia.giamichael@fmats.us or (907)459-6805.

Here are before and after photos of Cushman, and a famous photo also taken on Cushman St.

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Council Action Notice – 06/20/2016

To view the City Council Action Notice from the Regular Meeting of June 20, 2016, click here.

Sobering Center One Step Closer

Fairbanks received good news on Monday when the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority announced that a grant has been awarded to Tanana Chiefs Conference to review our area’s behavioral health needs.  This puts us one step closer to possibly opening a much needed sobering center.

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority President and CEO Jeff Jessee said, “It will also help the community continue to have a more formalized way of knowing what the community needs are.  The hope is to open a sobering center, a safe and staffed location for people to sleep off their alcohol intoxication.” Currently some people end up at the hospital while others are taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Unfortunately, there have been some deaths in correctional facilities where incapacitated persons can be held for up to 12 hours.  Often such persons have committed no crime.

Mayor Eberhart stated, “That (taking a person to jail for sleep off) has a lot of problems.  There have been some deaths in custody.  It’s not the best way to treat the problem.  This is a need of the community.”

It has been reported that about 30 percent of admissions at Fairbanks Correctional Center are intoxicated persons in custody.  A sobering or sleep off center would be a great asset to our community in terms of helping a vulnerable population and improving public safety.

The City of Fairbanks, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Native Association and the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Foundation have been meeting and TCC submitted the grant application on behalf of the group.

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Juneteenth

The City of Fairbanks joined in celebrations this weekend of Juneteenth, celebrating the abolition of slavery in Texas after the Civil War.  Mayor Eberhart was at the Juneteenth picnic, along with the Fairbanks Diversity Council, our Fairbanks Fire Department, the local Red Cross, the NAACP, the Breast Cancer Awareness Center of Fairbanks and others.

 

Pictured are the Pavva Inupiaq Dancers.  They invited everyone to come up and join them in a dance that celebrates coming together and welcoming everyone.  It was a great day, enjoyed by many.

 

Thanks to the NAACP and all of the organizers of the Juneteenth event.

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Summer Solstice Festival.

Many people were downtown yesterday enjoying the Summer Solstice Festival.  There were vendor tables, food vendors, live entertainment and a variety of Alaska made items for sale.  There were great things to see and do for young and old alike.  The City of Fairbanks had its platform fire truck there for all to see.

Thanks, Fairbanks, for turning out in such large numbers.  Thanks to the Downtown Association of Fairbanks and all organizers.

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Naturalization Ceremony. Mayor Welcomes New Citizens.

On June 17th, Mayor Eberhart attended a naturalization ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in Fairbanks, before Magistrate Judge Oravec.  Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon was the keynote speaker.

29 persons became new citizens of the United States.  Mayor Eberhart spoke and reminded them of the words on the Great Seal of the United States “E Pluribus Unum”, Latin for “from many one”.   Our diversity is one of our country’s great strengths.  The Mayor stated that Fairbanks is a diverse, multicultural community and he welcomed each of their cultures, traditions, and wisdom as a rich part of the fabric of our community.

Mayor Eberhart encouraged the new citizens to become active citizens, get involved, make the most of their opportunities,  take an interest in government, exercise their right to vote, and  make a better life for themselves and their children.  The Mayor urged them to bring their ideas, suggestions and feedback to the City.  It takes all of us working together to make our Golden Heart City stronger.

Congratulations, new citizens, and welcome to these United States!

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City Council Agenda Packet – 06/20/16

To view the City Council Agenda Packet for the Regular Meeting of June 20, 2016, click here.

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