Three Borough transfer sites will enact limited hours of operation

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Three out of the 15 transfer sites in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are undergoing some changes.

The borough recently approved a new maintenance program for those sites.
Farmers Loop East, Farmers Loop West, and North Pole have been chosen for this pilot program.

Hours of operation for the sites under this system will be 7 am to 7 pm, versus 24 hours per day at remaining sites.

This program was put into place after concerns about vandalism, illegal dumping, and criminal behavior at the sites were shared with the borough assembly.

The project was originally set to end last month, but has now been extended to October 31st.
Officials say it could go longer, or even expand to all sites.

Borough Mayor, Karl Kassel, hopes to present a resolution to the borough assembly in order to collect public comment before expansion.
He went on to say having reduced hours could save costs and improve the safety conditions at the transfer sites.

"It's a luxury that we've had in our borough, but it's being abused by a number of people and I get pictures regularly and complaint regularly about it. It was the most frequent complaint I was receiving prior to us starting this experimental program. People saying I don't let my spouse go there because it's not a safe place to be. We've had a recent incident, somebody pulling a gun. Obviously that's not a very safe situation to be in and we can do better in our community."