Bethel City Council to discuss nepotism and port projects

by Ben Matheson on February 25, 2014

There will be a public hearing on the proposal to loosen the rules for employing family members within the city. As it stands, no city employee can be supervised by relative. There also can be no employees related to the city manager, council members, or a relative of a department head in the area they work. There are current violations among staff and council.
If passed the city would allow employment of relatives as long as it does not create actual or perceived conflicts of interest. As written, related employees would be able work in same city facility but they can’t be in the same department or have any supervisory relationship.

The council will look at a request for $130,000 to cover a shortfall in Denali Commission funding to do design work on a sheet piling wall along Brown’s Slough. The council will also look at spending $99,000 for seawall maintenance work. The pipes that hold the wall in place have sunk as much as three feet in places. The work would repair the seawall in a 110 foot stretch in front of the port office and a 48-foot stretch on the east addition seawall. The port commission describes the sloping wall as a safety hazard and is preventing the city from taking in revenues for vessels that would tie up there.

A $22,000 budget move to cover carpet work at the courthouse will be in front of the council. The council did not approve the money when it came up in a previous meeting due to having no information available about the project.

The city can accept a $196,000 grant from YKHC’s Diabetes program for exercise equipment at the new pool and fitness facilities. The city will also submit for a Rasmussen Grant to secure funds for furniture and equipment at the pool. The request will be for 740,000 dollars.

The council will consider the appointment of Greg Roczicka to the port commission.

The agenda includes an executive session for discussion of the collective bargaining agreement. 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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