Fairbanks North Star Borough seeks public input on Capital Improvement Program

Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 12:45 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is up for review and undergoing a scheduled update for the third time since its revival in 2019.

This process happens every two years, and the borough is asking for the public’s ideas for future projects.

Until October 1, interested residents can submit projects they would like to see covered by the program.

Nominations can include new projects, and projects that are in “out years” and need to be renominated.

While it funds projects around the area, the CIP can also be used to better secure funding from grants, according to Borough Mayor Bryce Ward. “Because we have a long-range plan that outlines the capital needs of the community over a period of time, we’ve been able to go to granting agencies and say ‘Here’s a community plan. It’s been vetted. We’ve got clear scopes. We’ve got funding that’s been allocated to these projects,’ and it’s been wildly successful for a whole myriad of different opportunities that we’ve been able to partner with.”

Since its streamlining in 2019, the CIP has been used to prioritize and organize funding for improvement projects around the Interior, including the Noel Wien Library Renovation Project, the John Weaver Memorial Skatepark, and improvements to various parks around the borough.

Ideas can be submitted online here.