Bethel City Council To Vote On Next Fiscal Year Budget, Legal Issues

May 28, 2019

Credit Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The budget, legal issues, search for a new city manager, and demolition of an old building are among the issues before the Bethel City Council on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the council will introduce its budget for the 2020 fiscal year. The budget totals $28,146,915.

Also at the council meeting, members will vote on whether to direct city administration to ask a third-party attorney to meet with the council. The attorney would advise council on how to proceed after firing former Bethel City Manager Pete Williams last month. The city’s insurance policy required council to confer with an attorney before terminating city administration, which the council did not do, even after being advised to delay the decision by the city’s attorney.

The council will also vote on whether to spend $24,000 to hire an executive search firm to help recruit the next city manager.

Lastly, city council will vote on whether to demolish the abandoned laundromat building on Ridgecrest Drive, located next to the water treatment plant.