Bethel City Council to discuss investigation and water and sewer rules

by Ben Matheson on March 11, 2014

The Bethel City council will hear an update on the investigation into personnel and contract issues at its meeting Tuesday.

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An administrative memorandum authored by Vice Mayor Rick Robb would explicitly direct City Manager Lee Foley to release all emails between him, personnel and constituents. The memo says that Foley requested an opinion from the former city attorney

The council has hired a third-party lawyers for the investigation of employee complaints about alleged intimidation of employees by management. They want a legal analysis of the city ordinance concerning nepotism, and a look at several city contracts.

The council could formally act to reclaim a property owned by the late Balassa Nicholai. The city’s agreement with AVCP for residential housing stated that the land would return to the city upon the occupant death. A memo if approved, would tell the heirs that the house must be demolished or relocated by July 1.

The council will consider a $130,000 budget transfer to cover improvements to the east timber wall. A draft resolution expresses opposition to Knik Construction’s plans for a large new dock at its construction yard.

The council will look at an update the ordinance concerning water and sewer rules. The rules will require every house to be connected to water and sewer service, while allowing for exceptions for homes with wells or other sources. It prohibits the sale of water that was not first sold by the city. It raises the deposit to 200 dollars. It adds that new buildings with one bedroom will required to have a tank of 800 gallons minimum, up from 600 gallons.

The council could approve the donation Of 20,000 Alaska Airlines Miles To Teens Acting Against Violence for their 2014, Outward Bound trip.

The council will go into executive session for negotiation of the city clerk’s contract. 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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