Bethel city council to examine water and sewer rates

by Ben Matheson on November 12, 2013

Host: Bethel’s city council will look at potential increases to water and sewer rates at tonight’s meeting. And it could make it illegal to shoot cans of silly string around the 4th of July. KYUK’s Ben Matheson reports:

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The city hired a firm last year to study changes to the way it charges for water and sewer rates. As it stands, the city’s revenues are not enough to cover costs. The city had to transfer a half million dollars from the general fund to cover costs last year.

Water rates would jump 10 to 12 percent initially in different proposed options. Smaller increases would come in the following years. The recommendations include phased sewer rates for the current year plus implementing a two zone structure for hauled water customers. People who live further from the center of town would pay more for hauled water. The study calls for a fund for the renewel and replacement of infrastructure and a more robust data collection system.

Bethel residents may face 4th of July ban on silly string, fart spray, partypoppers, and other practical joke items according to a proposed resolution. The ordinance as written outlaws the sales or use of the items from June 15th through July 15th. Bobby Sutton

The city could approve a new finance director, Hansel Mathlaw, and it will consider a lease of space in the animal shelter to Shaundry’s Dog Grooming.

Proposed committee appointments include Frank Neitz to the Public Works Committee, John Guinn to the Planning Commission, and Sharon Neth to the Energy 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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