PHOTOS: New council members tour downtown facilities

(From left) Lindsley Smith, city communication director; Alan Long, Ward 4 alderman; Fritz Gisler, city television center manager; Martin Schoppmeyer, Ward 3 alderman; and Sarah Marsh, Ward 1 alderwoman.

Photos by Todd Gill

Fayetteville’s newest aldermen toured several downtown facilities on Tuesday as part of the city’s New Aldermen Orientation program.

Lindsley Smith, the city’s communication director, led Sarah Marsh, Martin Schoppmeyer, and Alan Long through City Hall, the Development Services Building, the Courts Building, Fire Station One, the Police Department, and the City Television Center.

Launched in 2009 by Resolution No. 41-09, the program requires an official orientation for newly-elected Fayetteville City Council members. The orientation typically begins in December and includes information sessions and tours of city departments such as Water and Sewer, Transportation, Fleet, Parks and Recreation, Animal Services, Airport, and Solid Waste and Recycling.


Kathy Stocker (left), the city’s dispatch manager, leads a tour of the 911 call center.

Police Chief Greg Tabor (right) showed the group around the Fayetteville Police Department.

Fire Captain Braden Flood shows off one of the city’s ladder trucks.

Fire Chief David Dayringer shows the group a map of response times and emergency call history.

Jeremy Pate, Fayetteville’s development services director, discusses the role of his department near a board showing renderings of the city’s roundabout and flyover projects.