Bethel City Council to Look at Water and Sewer Rate Increases

by Ben Matheson on April 21, 2014

Proposed hauled customer zones. Map from the City of Bethel.

Proposed hauled customer zones. Map from the City of Bethel.

The Bethel City Council will take a first look at an ordinance to raise water and sewer rates.

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At the moment, the city loses about a half million dollars per year on the water and sewer business. In the proposed ordinance, residential piped water rates go up from $125 a month to 210 dollars this year, and rising up to $265 by 2018. Piped sewage would go from $34 to over $50.

Hauled water customers would see a brand new set of rates. Under the proposal, Bethel would be split into two zones. The more expensive zone two includes Kasayuli, Larson, Blueberry, and Tundra Ridge subdivisions.

For example in 2014, hauled water for an 800 gallon tank with delivery two times a month would be $70 in zone one, while customers in zone two pay $92. The ordinance also diverts some revenue into a fund to provide for future water and sewer projects.

There will be public hearing on a re-write of the section of city code that outlaws shooting within city limits. The council , two weeks ago, amended the ordinance to specifically outlaw shooting within populated areas of city limits, with some exceptions, like the shooting range. The previous ordinance outlawed shooting in all areas of city limits, except those specified by the city manager.

The Council will discuss continue discussion about adding a road to make a full loop around Bethel. An action memorandum would direct the city manager to speak with property owners along H Marker Lake. The city has estimated that a 3,000 foot road to connect the donut hole would cost between $800,000 and $1.8 million.

The council will finish by going into executive session for an update into the private investigation into nepotism, personnel issues, and contracts.

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 kyuk.org

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