City council to look at zoning, infrastructure contracts

by Ben Matheson on January 28, 2014

The Bethel City council will take another look at zoning Kasayuli and Larson subdivisions at its regular meeting Tuesday. The council delayed the issue two weeks ago to allow for more residents to get up so speed on the process. The subdivisions are slated to be zoned under a category called residential planned unit development. That allows for some flexibility and the city can match the zoning to what’s in in the covenants.

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The council will consider two contracts to advance major city infrastructure projects. One is an agreement between the city and DOWL-HKM. That’s for management services of the small boat harbor bank stabilization project. The company bid 194 thousand dollars to run the $4 million dollar project. They will also look at a contract with CH2M-Hill to update the institutional corridor feasibility study. That plan is limited to $53,000.

On the table will be a decision on whether to draw up a lease between the city and the state Department of Transportation for use of the city owned sand pit.

A proposed ordinance provides clarification of the fines for smoking in areas where it has been banned. A note from the city attorney shows that with language requiring flat fees, the city would not have to send people to a mandatory court appearance for the infractions, they could simply pay the fine. Another ordinance clarifies animal control fines and removes the language that stipulates a court appearance.

The city managers’ report includes a budget modification that adds $22,000 for interior work at the courthouse.

The council will consider Clarence Daniel for appointment to the Parks and Recreation Committee.

The agenda includes an executive session for the city manager’s job review and a look into matters that could have an adverse effect on city finances. 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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