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The pictured Bethel area, including Housing, the Bethel schools, and Ptarmigan Street until about Owl Street, may not have water until the Ridgecrest water treatment plant is repaired.
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Update: The City of Bethel repaired the Ridgecrest Water Treatment Plant by 1 a.m. Friday.

Original story 11:30 p.m. Thursday: The Bethel water treatment plant on Ridgecrest Drive has gone down.

The area connected to the Bethel Heights main water line may not have access to water until the issue is fixed. The line services Housing, the Bethel schools, and Ptarmigan Street until about Owl Street. 

Bethel City Council meeting wrap-up for December 12, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

All seven Council members were present at the beginning of the meeting, with Council member Raymond "Thor" Williams arriving late at 6:45 p.m.

 

Our coverage of this meeting

Representative Zach Fansler Presents Yearly Legislative Update To The Bethel City Council

 

Unfinished Business

 

District 38 Representative Zach Fansler speaking with Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak at the December 12, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On Tuesday, District 38 Representative Zach Fansler gave his annual update on the legislative session. Usually the local representatives of both houses update the Bethel City Council, but Senator Lyman Hoffman was unable to attend.

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.

 

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