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All Bethel City Council members were in attendance at the regularly scheduled September 12 meeting.

The Board decided, by a 3-to-2 vote, to table their decision on liquor license applicants Kusko Liquor and the Alaska Commercial Company Liquor Store until their next meeting in October.
Dean Swope / KYUK

There was no decision concerning Bethel's last remaining liquor license at Wednesday's meeting of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The Board decided, by a 3-to-2 vote, to table their decision on liquor license applicants Kusko Liquor and the Alaska Commercial Company Liquor Store until their next meeting in October.

The vote was five to one, with Councilman Mike Shantz in opposition. The much-debated update to the sales tax code will soon take effect.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Heads up Bethelites, a change is coming to the city's sales tax code after a rewrite of the code passed at the Tuesday, September 12th City Council meeting. The vote was five to one, with Councilman Mike Shantz in opposition. The much-debated update to the sales tax code will soon take effect.

Alisha Welch served one term on Bethel's City Council.
Courtesy of Lori Strickler / City of Bethel

Bethel City Councilwoman Alisha Welch has attended her last meeting. Toward the end of last night's Council meeting, Welch announced that it would be the last meeting that she’d be attending in person and that she would not be running in the October 3 election. She took time to thank fellow council members, city administrators, and Bethel residents, as well as to remind everyone of the importance of getting out to vote. With Welch not seeking re-election, there will be no women serving on the Bethel City Council after October 3.

The park will remain closed for the time being, but will be restored, according to a Tuesday press release announcing an agreement between the City of Bethel and the Association of Village Council Presidents, Regional Housing Authority.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

There has been a deal made on Owl Park. The park will remain closed for the time being, but will be restored, according to a Tuesday press release announcing an agreement between the City of Bethel and the Association of Village Council Presidents, Regional Housing Authority. The eviction suit has been settled and AVCP RHA has agreed to pay the city $83,000 within 30 days. For the time being, control of Owl Park rests with the City of Bethel.  

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is set to consider the last remaining liquor license of the three allotted to Bethel on Wednesday morning. The issue is likely to come up at about 10:30 a.m. There are four applicants, but only one of them, Kusko Liquor, is not being protested by the City. Tundra Liquor Cache and ACC Liquor Store will also be considered under the same agenda item as "mutually exclusive and competing" applications.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The City of Bethel says that no action is required from the city at this time in response to the indictment of multiple Bethel taxi drivers on bootlegging charges. 

Tune in Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. for KYUK’s live coverage of the Bethel City Council meeting.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Discussion of the City’s tax code rewrite will continue at Tuesday’s Bethel City Council Meeting. City Attorney Patty Burley has included a detailed summary of the pros and cons of the rewrite in the agenda packet.

 

Also on the meeting agenda:

 

The city cleared overgrown trees and weeds from the old sandpit in an effort to cut down on partying in the area.
Dean Swope/KYUK

The City of Bethel bulldozed a brushy area yesterday in an effort to maintain public safety.

Governor Bill Walker signs HB 141 at Bethel's Yuut Elitnaurviat surrounded by high school students from the Kuskokwim Learning Academy on August 29, 2017.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Alaskans across the state will continue developing technical skills, like welding and dental therapy, with the signing of House Bill 141. On Tuesday in Bethel, local high school students surrounded Governor Bill Walker as he penned the legislation into law at the YK Delta’s workforce development center, Yuut Elitnaurviat.


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