Bethel city council to consider land sale to LKSD

by Angela Denning-Barnes on March 26, 2013

Bethel city council is meeting tonight at city hall for a regular meeting. One of the topics they will be considering is the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s request to purchase city-owned land at the old Armory located near the center of town. LKSD would like to purchase the portion of land that the building sits on as well as the parking lot, but not the outbuildings.

The National Guard still owns the armory building. The Guard shut down the armory gym to the general public but the school district is currently leasing the gym from the Guard.

The land sale agenda item is under new business and is just the preliminary steps of any potential transaction.

Also under city council’s new business is the introduction of an ordinance that would amend the Bethel Municipal Code Title 9 Public Peace, Morals, and Welfare. The ordinance comes from the Public Safety and Transportation Commission. It addresses several types of violations including public drinking and intoxication, littering, defacing others property, shoplifting, public excretion, and endangering children.

The proposed ordinance would add or strengthen city laws regarding drinking violations. It includes making it illegal to consume alcohol in or on any motorized vehicle or boat. It includes new language about endangering children when no sober adult is present. It adds new punishments for littering or defacing others property. It also adds new language about the sale of tobacco to minors and the possession of tobacco by minors.

There are four public hearings on tonight’s agenda, two of which were submitted by the Port Commission. One would amend the terminal tariff and another would prohibit fishing from the city cargo dock and the petroleum dock.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers and is open to the public. KYUK will be airing the meeting. You can hear it on 640 AM or stream it on our website.

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