Bethel City Council Takes Up Water Rates and Nepotism

by Ben Matheson on August 26, 2014

city of bethelThe Bethel City Council may be closing in on updated water and sewer rates. The long-discussed ordinances is up again at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

At a special meeting last week, the city council advanced a slate of amendments to boost the rates. As written, piped water would go from 125 dollars a month to 210 dollars. Sewer rates also rise substantially.

A proposed change to the City’s nepotism ordinance would restrict the human resources manager from having any immediate family members employed in by the City.

The council can approve transferring 50-thousand dollars the city had budgeted to give to the senior center to cover maintenance of the facility once the Senior Center moves out this fall. Another budget move would allow for an extension of Interim City Manager Greg Moyer’s contract by two months.

The council will look at approving general terms of a lease for housing people in what’s known as the police annex, setting rent at 400-dollars and limiting the stay to 3 months.

The council will finish by going into executive session to discuss two pieces related to potential ligation. That includes the investigation from this spring and a dispute in which an attorney is representing Irvin Kreider.

The Council will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be aired live on 640 am and streamed at

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