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Bethel City Council introduced a budget revision on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 for the repair and purchase of a tractor-trailer.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting, city administrators made the case clear: doing maintenance repairs now on existing city equipment will help in the long run; Council agreed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethel City Council meeting wrap-up for November 28, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council members Leif Albertson, Naim Shabani, Mitchell Forbes, Mayor Richard Robb, and Raymond "Thor" Williams were in attendance for the meeting, with Vice Mayor Fred Watson and Mark Springer participating via telephone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council postponed action on a tax exemption for rental property owners. The measure would allow exemptions to cover utilities, specifically fuel costs. The new language in the tax code outlined four requirements to obtain an exemption, but met with some pushback from city administration. City Attorney Patty Burly has pointed out that the proposed new language may be problematic because it creates a specific exemption solely for landlord/property owners.

The list of priority construction project requests will go to the state capital budget for the fiscal year 2019. Some of the projects would likely involve federal as well as state funding.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Bethel City Council has approved a new list of priority construction project requests for submission to the state capital budget for Fiscal Year 2019.

Alaska Commercial Companies VP of Operations, Walt Pickett speaking at the Thursday November 9, 2017 special Bethel City Council meeting, asking that the protest be removed.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A special meeting of the Bethel City Council Thursday night did not result in lifting it’s protest on Alaska Commercial Company's current liquor store application.

 


This Thursday, Bethel City Council will consider removing its protest of the Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license application, following the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the Conditional Use Permit for the proposed store.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

It was late arriving, but a letter from Bethel's Fire Chief raises serious concerns about Alaska Commercial Company's existing liquor store. The company's General Manager is flying in to be present when the City Council meets to consider lifting its protest of the company's application for Bethel's last remaining liquor store license. There is also a competing application.

 

 


A Special Bethel City Council Meeting has been called for Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. to consider lifting the city's protest of Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license application.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A Special Bethel City Council Meeting has been called for Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. to consider lifting the city's protest of Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license application.

 

Repairs to the YK Fitness Center are mostly complete, with some minor fixes remaining and a piece of equipment for maintenance work still needing to be purchased.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Repairs to the YK Fitness Center are mostly complete, according to an email sent to the Bethel City Council by City Manager Peter Williams. Some minor details remain, and a piece of equipment needed for maintenance work still needs to be purchased. The email goes back over the history of work that was done.

Bethel City Council meeting wrap-up for October 24, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

All seven City Council members were in attendance for the regularly scheduled October 24 meeting, with Mayor Rick Robb out of town and attending the meeting via telephone. Vice Mayor Fred Watson took on the Mayor’s responsibilities in Mayor Robb’s absence.

Former City Councilman Mike Shantz holding an inscribed golden bowl presented by the city for his service. Shantz was appointed to Council for three months to fill Norman Ayagalria's seat last July.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel's new City Council took a few moments on Tuesday night to honor two members who served before them: Mike Shantz and Alisha Welch. Welch, who was unable to attend due to prior work commitments, served two years on Council from 2015 to 2017.

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