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An amendment introduced last week to change a city ordinance would clarify protections for victims of domestic violence in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The Bethel City Council will consider adopting an update on its protections for renters.

 

 


After nine special budget meetings, the Bethel City Council has introduced the spending plan for fiscal year 2018. Currently, the FY 2018 total budget is set at $28 million. City officials will continue to provide updates to the budget.

As the fiscal year comes to a close, state and local budgets are being set for the next fiscal year. Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting to introduce next year's budget for adoption at City Hall on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 PM. The proposed budget currently totals $28 million.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

Senator Lyman Hoffman’s proposal to create a new type of energy borough will have to wait until next year’s Legislative Session.

NOAA

The Association of Village Council Presidents is calling for the reinstatement of the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area.


On Friday, Governor Bill Walker sent Bethel Mayor Rick Robb a request for infrastructure project nominations from the city. Gov. Walker is pictured here at a press conference in the Capitol on March 17, 2015.
Skip Gray / 360 North

On Friday, Governor Bill Walker sent Bethel Mayor Rick Robb a request for infrastructure project ideas from the city. The deadline for the city's list is June 30, 2017, which means the council will have to move quickly.

All City Council members were in attendance at the regularly scheduled May 23 meeting.

 

Unfinished Business

 

(A) Public Hearing of Ordinance 17-25 [on] Authorizing The Disposal Of Property Pursuant To BMC 4.08.030(B) Lease Agreement Between The City Of Bethel And Alaska Department Of Environmental Conservation - ADEC.

Vice Mayor Fred Watson’s proposal to create a fund for new fire emergency vehicles was introduced Tuesday at the Bethel City Council Meeting. Fire Chief Bill Howell made his case for the Bethel Fire Department, during the meeting's opening public comment.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Vice Mayor Fred Watson’s proposal to create a fund for new fire emergency vehicles was introduced Tuesday at the Bethel City Council Meeting. There was some initial debate, but the proposal was accepted unanimously and will likely be worked on at the next meeting.   

 

At this Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Fred Watson will introduce a proposal for a fund that would set aside moneys to replace, update and maintain the city's ambulances and fire trucks.
Dean Swope / KYUK

At this Tuesday’s Bethel City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Fred Watson will introduce a proposal for a fund that would set aside moneys to replace, update and maintain the city's ambulances and fire trucks. The newly appointed Vice Mayor hopes his plan will alleviate high capital requests.

 


Alaska’s Senators have responded to questions on what they knew leading up to President Trump's revocation of former President Obama's order creating the Northern Bering Sea Resilience Area.


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