Fairbanks North Star borough Assembly

Grappling with the borough’s building repair backlog, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly last night passed a requirement that the mayor put   maintenance money in the budget each year. Borough staff estimates the schools, recreation centers, libraries and offices owned by the borough have millions of dollars-worth of repairs pending.


A snowmachine tour business asked the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly last night to rezone a chunk of land to benefit the business. Don Duncan requested the rezone of his property on Farmers Loop Road so he could leave snowmachines there and run them out to the trails of Creamer’s Field. But too many questions came up and the Assembly remanded the request back to the Planning Commission.

 

Tanana Valley League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, Sept. 26, 2018 at FNSB Assembly Chambers. Candidates for Borough Mayor and Assembly seats A, F and G.

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Tax Hikes To Go Before Borough Voters

Aug 2, 2018
Robyne / KUAC

The Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly has approved 2 proposals to go before voters this fall, aimed at funding a building maintenance backlog. The ballot measures, approved at a reconvened assembly meeting last (Weds) night, propose raising property taxes above the tax revenue cap. As KUAC’s Robyne reports, the ordinances include a trimmed down bond package, and a 6 year tax hike to create a building maintenance fund.

Borough OKs Urban Ag

Jul 27, 2018

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has passed an urban agriculture ordinance aimed at better accommodating people who want to grow crops and raise animals on residential property. The ordinance  approved at a meeting Thursday, allows livestock in urban neighborhoods, and permits residents to sell produce at local markets, changes which take effect immediately. KUAC’s Robyne reports.


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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly on Thursday approved a nearly $166 million budget for another year, after amending it to keep the Mary Siah Recreation Center open for the year and solid-waste transfer sites open seven days a week. The budget also allocates $50 million for the school district.


The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a resolution Thursday stating it will provide at least $48 million to the school district in the coming school year. That’s $2 million less than district officials had requested. But the substitute resolution introduced by Matt Cooper is $7 million more than the $41 million called-for in an original minimum-funding measure introduced by Mayor Karl Kassel.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly on Thursday rejected an ordinance that would have added a type of air-pollution control device called electrostatic precipitators to the borough Air Quality program. But the sponsor and main supporter of the measure was OK with that.

Jeanne Olson

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a resolution Thursday that supports and authorizes testing of a type of air-pollution control technology that local advocates say will clean smoke from woodstoves and help improve the area’s air quality. The advocates say they hope the data they’ll develop through their testing will convince federal environmental regulators to include electrostatic precipitators on its list of EPA-approved technologies that could enable homeowners and businesses to continue operating their wood- or pellet stoves during burn bans.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Pollution Control Commission decided Tuesday it can’t support an ordinance proposed by Assemblyman Lance Roberts that would promote use of a device that proponents say could offer a lower-cost means of reducing particulate emissions from woodstoves and other solid-fuel heating devices.


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