Bethel city council to look at water and sewer rates

by Ben Matheson on December 10, 2013

The Bethel City council will take yet another try tonight at addressing proposed higher water and sewer rates.

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The council did not have the support two weeks ago to get a second to introduce a memorandum. That would begin the process of boosting water and sewer rates to cover their costs. A couple councilmen indicated that they would have trouble raising rates at tough time, especially considering the city may have money from the excise tax to put towards water and sewer.

Mayor Joe Klejka has noted that the city cannot access grant funds to cover the troubled sewage lagoon until the city recovers water and sewer costs through the rates. It currently has to take money out of the general fund.

The agenda also includes three resolutions related to ports and harbors. The resolutions would among other things, will urge state lawmakers to fund port projects statewide and create a committee to address derelict vessels.

The council will also look at a resolution asking the Department of Corrections to look for solutions to the overcrowding at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center. A group of corrections officers wrote the mayor a letter detailing what the call dangerous conditions for both inmates and staff at the facility.

The council will look at the appointment of Michael Shantz to the city’s finance committee and to reappoint Rich Pope to the Port Commission.

A special meeting before the regular meeting will include a presentation on the city’s finances and the audit.

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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