water and sewer

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Hall. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council last night swore in three new members: Chuck Herman, Zach Fansler, and Byron Maczynski. They replace Mayor Joe Klejka, Eric Whitney, and Sharon Sigmon.

The council is looking to solidify city leadership very soon. The vote for Mayor and Vice Mayor will be next Monday, and they will bring up a finalist for the permanent City Manager position the same day. Ann Capela will visit for three days with city officials.
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city of bethelPiped water service was temporarily out in the Bethel Heights neighborhood and the school area Thursday following a break in a water service line. Bethel’s Public Works director. Muzaffar Lakhani says the break occurred around 1 p.m. at the Bethel Heights pump station.
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Hauled customer zones. Map from the City of Bethel.

Hauled customer zones. Map from the City of Bethel.

The Bethel City Council has officially raised the water rates. Piped customers will see a jump of about 36 percent, as the water bill will rise to 166 dollars a month, up from 125, and piped sewage at 47 dollars per month, up from 33 dollars. That wasn’t as high as the 67-percent increase that had been the proposed rate until just last night. Council member Leif Albertson made the amendment to trim down the increase.
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Pipes in Bethel's Housing Neighborhood. Photo by Ben Matheson/ KYUK.

Pipes in Bethel’s Housing Neighborhood. Photo by Ben Matheson/ KYUK.

The City of Bethel can’t apply for the grants it needs to fix the overstressed sewage lagoon and poor water quality in the Housing neighborhood. That’s because the utility is not covering costs though the current rates and taxpayers are picking up the half-million-dollar difference. The city council has been talking for many months on the contentious issue and is finally delving into specific proposals.
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