In four months Bethel cabs and other regulated vehicles will be required to carry surveillance cameras and GPS.
Bethel City Council
To buy the city time to figure out its marijuana regulations, Bethel City Council has introduced an ordinance to place a six-month hold on processing any land use, zoning, or licensing approvals for marijuana operations in Bethel. The introduction passed unanimously at Tuesday’s council meeting.
The state will begin accepting marijuana applications next month and reviewing them in May. But council members, including Chuck Herman, think that’s too soon for Bethel to work out its marijuana laws. Read more →
At its last meeting Bethel City Council discussed a proposed ordinance that would require cabs to install surveillance cameras. City Council will take up the issue again today. Proponents of the measure say the cameras would reduce bootlegging and violence against drivers. Opponents say the shift violates passenger privacy. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur took to the streets and asked cab drivers what they thought of the proposal.
With the proposed Donlin Gold Mine appearing like a truer and nearer reality, the City of Bethel is looking at transforming into an organized borough. At Tuesday’s meeting Bethel City Council voted to give City Manager Ann Capela the go-ahead into mapping out the process. Council member Nikki Hoffman introduced the measure.
Capela said, as a borough, Bethel would have greater control over land use and could tax Donlin Gold. Read more →
Bethel City Council is considering requiring video surveillance and GPS in cabs.
At Tuesday’s meeting Council member Zach Fansler said the proposal aims to reduce bootlegging and violence against cab drivers and passengers. Read more →
Bethel’s new Marijuana Advisory Committee held their first meeting last Thursday, at the Bethel City chambers.
Bethel City Council has dropped its protests against the AC Quickstop and Bethel Native Corp.’s alcohol license applications in two separate 4-3 votes.
Both sides agreed that legal alcohol sales are coming to Bethel. But those still in favor of upholding the protest against BNC said the council is condoning violations of its own municipal laws. Read more →
The City of Bethel is working towards declaring a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the Kilbuck campus, housing two schools and dorm buildings.
“We have approximately 300 school children that just lost their school and all the disruptions to that community,” Mayor Rick Robb said, presenting the proposed declaration at Tuesday’s city council meeting after contacting the Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management earlier that day.
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Bethel City Council is debating whether members should move to city-issued laptops or tablets to conduct city business.
Council member Nikki Hoffman brought the issue to the council after refusing to use her personal devices to conduct council business like checking emails and writing amendments for proposed ordinances–in case those devices were ever confiscated and searched for public documents. Read more →