So far, funds have yet to be secured, or applied for, to continue public transportation in Bethel come 2020.
At last week's meeting, nobody on the Bethel City Council made a motion to submit a $310,378 grant application to the state to fund public transportation. The grant would have an $80,580 match from the city.
“If things stand the way they are now,” said Bethel City Manager Peter Williams in an email Thursday to KYUK, “the system would go away on June 30, 2020.”
“Seeing no motion, Action Memorandum 18-78 dies,” said Vice Mayor Raymond “Thor” Williams, who chaired last week’s meeting, filling in for Mayor Fred Watson. Council members held no discussion and gave no reason why they decided not to approve submitting the grant application.
Council can still re-introduce it, said Williams, but according to the action memorandum, the December 17 application deadline to apply for the grant has come and gone. Williams did say in the email that the council has until the end of the month to re-introduce the action item.