Bethel City Council to Examine Pool Management and Taxi Driver Cell Phone Use

by Ben Matheson on March 25, 2014

The Bethel City Council will consider an ordinance banning taxi drivers from talking on cell phones while driving. The proposed ordinance says using a cell phone is distracting for the driver and dangerous to the public.

A $40,000 dollar budget modification would go to towards the city attorney’s budget for the council’s third party investigation into contracts and personnel issues. In a separate motion, Mayor Joe Klejka will put forward a motion to remove contracts with former Finance Director Bobby Sutton from the list of investigation subjects.

There will be a special meeting at 5:30 before the regular meeting. That will include a presentation by ProDev, a contractor involved with the new pool about proposals for operating and maintaining the new pool. That includes executive session for consideration of the competitive proposals.

The council will hold a public hearing on changes to water and sewer rules. The revised 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 adds that new buildings with one bedroom on water delivery will required to have a tank of 800 gallons or more, up from 600 gallons. It makes explicit some homeowner responsibilities for providing access and proper maintenance.

Two appointments are up for consideration: Jeff Sanders to the Energy Committee and Cheryl Reagan to the parks and recreation committee.

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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