Bethel City Council to Comment on Rural Determination Process

by Ben Matheson on October 22, 2013

Bethel’s city council will take a stand tonight on Bethel’s rural status in federal subsistence matters. At its regular meeting tonight, the council plans to finalize its comments to the Federal Subsistence Board about the rural determination process.

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As it stands, Bethel would lose its rural status once the population hits 7,000. In the comments as written, the he council urges the board to consider things like the rural nature of Bethel and residents’ dependence on subsistence foods, and not just its population.

The council will also discuss concerns about sales tax exemptions, an item brought forward by council member Mark Springer. City manager Lee Foley’s report includes an update on the progress of pool construction and the problems at the small boat harbor launch project.

The council will consider the mayor’s appointments of Minnie Salleson Fritts and Barbara Mosier to join the Parks and Recreation committee. The council plans to thank outgoing members Mary Sattler and Gene Peltola Junior.

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 kyuk.org.

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